Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Health Equity in Action

Health Equity in Action

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Health equity is achieved when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. We all have a role to play to address injustices and overcome obstacles to health and health care. During the COVID-19 response, CDC continues to focus its health equity efforts on populations placed at higher risk for COVID-19 and other severe outcomes. Learn more about CDC’s work with funded partners to help reduce health disparities related to COVID-19 by reading the project showcases below.

Visit the CDC COVID-19 Response Health Equity Strategy to learn more.

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Project Spotlight

The Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE)

Population(s) of focus: People living in rural areas, people from racial and ethnic minority groups, and older adults

Purpose: Support land-grant universities within the U.S. Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunization education to the communities they serve to improve vaccine confidence. This effort includes education and work with local partners, including healthcare providers, to make COVID-19 and other adult vaccines more accessible for rural and medically underserved communities.

Partners: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture land grant universities across the United States.

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COVID-19 Health Equity Projects