CDC recommends additional COVID-19 boosters for certain individuals
A Quick Look at this week’s update:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends additional boosters for certain individuals.
- Free PCR on-campus COVID-19 testing and free at-home COVID-19 tests are still available for students, faculty and staff.
- Report your symptoms or COVID-19 health concerns.
CDC recommends additional boosters for certain individuals and has issued detailed guidelines for who can get a booster. The CDC website has information, including a link to a database searchable by ZIP code, on where vaccinations and boosters are available.
CDC has updated its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50, who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago, to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Separately and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
These updated recommendations acknowledge the increased risk of severe disease in certain populations, including those who are elderly or over the age of 50 with multiple underlying conditions, along with the currently available data on vaccine and booster effectiveness.
Free PCR on-campus COVID-19 testing and free at-home test kits are still available for students, faculty and staff with a Stetson ID.
On-campus SalivaDirect PCR-based testing is available for Spring 2022 at 8:30-9:30 p.m. every other Tuesday and 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the CUB Faculty/Staff Lounge. No insurance is required. Stetson community members must register for a specific test date and follow fasting guidelines.
Free at-home test kits can be picked up at Stetson Health Service and the CUB South Info Desk by the Coffee Shop during business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) and at Public Safety after hours and on weekends (bring your Stetson ID, one test per person). Please report your positive test results by using the Report a COVID-19 Health Concern form.
Use the Stetson University COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form to report a matter for you or someone else in the Stetson community, regarding COVID-19. The form cannot be submitted anonymously. Any member of the Stetson community who may have come into direct contact with the virus and any member of the community who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever (over 100.4), chills, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, or headache when they are at Stetson should alert Stetson Health Service (386-822-8150) or their healthcare provider for assistance. After business hours, please contact Public Safety (386-822-7300). This applies to College of Law students, faculty and staff.