Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
UPDATE
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.
UPDATE
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.

Communication Resources for Health Departments

Communication Resources for Health Departments

For Public Information Officers (PIOs) and other health department and public health professionals

Updated Oct. 7, 2021
Contact Tracing Communications Toolkit
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This toolkit provides health departments with sample talking points, public service announcements, graphics, social media posts and more for communicating about contact tracing for COVID-19.

English Toolkit
Spanish Toolkit

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Testing Communication Toolkit

Social media messaging and fact sheets you can use to communicate about COVID-19 testing in your community.

COVID-19 Toolkits

Find toolkits on a variety of topics to help you successfully communicate with your audiences.

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

Crisis & Emergency Communication (CERC) includes free and downloadable resources to help prepare communication plans for use during a crisis.

STLT Collaboration Space

State, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health departments can access free CDC tools and resources, including design templates, matte articles, podcasts, medical illustrations, and videos. Registration is required.

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Festivals and Other Multi-Day Large Gatherings: COVID-19 Planning Toolkit for Health Departments

This toolkit aims to help health departments prevent the spread of COVID-19 at multi-day events that are expected to draw large numbers of people. It includes checklists, resources, and a case study that state and local health departments, event planners, vendors, and other partners can use to anticipate and plan for some of the challenges they could encounter.

File Details: 1.3 MB, 11 pages

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Race to End COVID Partner Playbook for Testing and Vaccination Events

Race to End COVID events are community-based COVID-19 testing and vaccination events at racetracks. These events encourage participation by offering an incentive, namely the chance for participants to drive their own car around the track.

File Details: 4 MB, 29 pages

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Content describing non-CDC tools on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to indicate endorsement, actual or implied, of the tools. Additionally, information on this site is provided “as is,” for users to evaluate and make their own determination as to their effectiveness.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

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