Westfield Public Health Bulletin: COVID vaccinations may become annual, like flu

COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death for all current variants. Our nation’s current vaccine rate is 67% for fully vaccinated and 78% for at least one dose. Westfield is still dismally low at 62% and 68% respectively.

Researchers are predicting another surge of cases in the fall.

The last population to be vaccinated is our littlest children. The CDC now recommends the vaccine for 6 months to 5 years old. Our vaccine rates will potentially rise with 20 million children now eligible. Along with the intense safety testing prior to approval, the CDC is offering safe, personalized and confidential health check-ins via text messages and web surveys to parents and caregivers. For vaccine availability, parents can contact their pediatric office, pharmacies, Federal Qualified Health Centers, local health departments or visit vaccines.gov.

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