Title: Utah Health Departments Prepare for FDA Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Booster as Cases Surge
In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, doctors’ offices and health departments in Utah are awaiting approval for a new COVID-19 vaccine booster. With cases on the rise, the Salt Lake County Health Department is urging individuals to take an at-home test and get a COVID-19 booster if they feel sick.
Salt Lake County has seen a notable increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, prompting a renewed focus on prevention and vaccinations. The University of Utah Health has experienced a rise in severe cases that require hospitalization, underscoring the urgency of bolstering protection against the virus.
Health officials are hopeful that the new vaccine booster, which has received approval from the FDA and CDC advisory committee, will be effective against the latest COVID-19 variants. While the booster may not provide complete immunity, doctors still recommend it, likening it to the annual flu shot.
The Salt Lake County Health Department is currently awaiting approval for the booster and anticipates distributing it by the end of September. In the meantime, individuals with expired at-home COVID-19 tests are advised to check the FDA website for any extensions to the expiration date.
The Utah Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes the importance of staying updated on vaccines and recommends individuals to stay home if they feel sick, even with a negative COVID-19 test result. Additionally, mask-wearing is strongly encouraged, particularly for at-risk individuals and those in close contact with them.
As the battle against COVID-19 continues, it is crucial to adhere to preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and prioritize the health and safety of yourself and those around you.
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