Mission Details | It's the Final Countdown
Hello + welcome to our 24th collective mission. It's the end, but it's not goodbye!
We’re in the final countdown to the end of the federal public health emergency! May 11th is the big day, but that doesn’t mean that COVID is over. Tests + treatments will still be available, and you should still get vaccinated! Mission 24 lays out what you need to know.
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🦠 The Federal Public Health Emergency is over, but COVID is here to stay.
May 11th is the end of the COVID-19 federal public health emergency, but it is NOT the end of COVID. So what does that mean? COVID is still a threat for severe illness for those 65 or older + those with an underlying illness or a weakened immune system.
Here’s what you need to know:
COVID-19 tests, vaccines, + treatments will still be widely accessible to all who need them, but how they’re covered will change.
If you haven't gotten the bivalent vaccine yet, we strongly encourage it (especially if you are at-risk or pregnant).
If you are 65+ and have a high-risk medical condition, talk with your healthcare provider about when + how often to get a dose of the COVID vaccine.
Create a personal plan to share with family, friends + your healthcare provider.
💉 Want to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine? You still can!
Getting vaccinated doesn’t mean you won’t catch COVID, but it will reduce your chances for severe illness. Plus, taking all preventative measures will help protect your high-risk loved ones. Encourage those in your community to keep themselves + their families safe by getting their booster shot with easy-to-download shareables that can be posted on your social media channels, texted, or emailed.
🔍 Got questions? We got answers.
The pandemic was an uncertain time that brought a lot of questions, and naturally, you may have more questions about the end of the federal public health emergency. We have resources available to answer questions like “When should I take an at-home COVID-19 test?”, “Where can I get a vaccine or booster?” + “Do I need another COVID shot?”
You can even listen as Acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Forlano talks about the end of the federal public health emergency in a short video on YouTube (below) or listen to her respond to questions from the public in a recent AARP Tele-Town Hall.