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.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Health Departments: Information on COVID-19

Health Departments: Information on COVID-19
Updated Oct. 7, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Find resources to help protect your community and prepare your program for COVID-19 vaccinations.

COVID-19 VACCINATION RESOURCES

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For States, Tribes, Localities & Territories

Guidelines, tools, and resources from CDC and other organizations.

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

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This toolkitpdf icon 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.

For the purposes of this document, the term “festival” refers to any planned large gathering of people that lasts more than one day. Examples include music festivals, food festivals, harvest festivals, and state and county fairs. Of particular concern are numerous events with at least 20,000 attendees planned in U.S. areas with substantial and high levels of COVID-19 transmission.

File Details: 11 pages, 1.35 MB

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Race to End COVID Partner Playbook for Testing and Vaccination Events

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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. In conjunction, the Alabama Department of Public Health, CDC, CDC Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Increasing Community Access to Testing (HHS ICATT) team partnered with NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway, and the Alabama National Guard to hold the first Race to End COVID in May 2021. The Race to End COVID Partner Playbook for Testing and Vaccination Events pdf icon[29 pages, 4 MB] shares lessons learned and successful practices for state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) and private sector partners interested in replicating its success in other communities across the United States.

File Details: 29 pages, 4 MB

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Clinician On-Call Center

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The Clinician On-Call Center is a 24-hour hotline with trained CDC clinicians standing by to answer COVID-19 questions from healthcare personnel on a wide range of topics, such as diagnostic challenges, clinical management, and infection prevention and control. Download or print: Clinician On-Call Center pdf icon[111 KB, 1 page]

To reach this service, call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) and ask for the Clinician On-Call Center.

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.

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