Tuesday, June 25, 2024

VAX Facts


Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Stratford As Of Today

The Stratford Health Department and State Department of Public Health have confirmed 11,647 COVID-19 cases in Stratford, and 1,986 probable cases as of this evening, for a total of 13,733 cases. This represents an increase of 91 confirmed cases and an increase of 9 probable cases since our last report of May 23rd. The Health Department continues to monitor these trends. There have been 201 deaths to date.

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of May 25th, 2022, 79.7% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with at least a first dose.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The FDA expanded the eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine single booster dose to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Since the pandemic began, more than 4.8 million children ages 5 through 11 have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 15,000 have been hospitalized and, tragically, over 180 have died. As cases increase across the country, a booster dose can enhance protection against severe disease.

In addition, CDC strengthened its recommendation that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first. Over the past month we have seen steady increases in cases, with a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older Americans.

Through the newly launched nationwide Test to Treat initiative, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – fill a prescription from a health care provider, all in one location. Test to Treat sites, located at select pharmacies, urgent care centers, and federally qualified health centers.

DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD states, “In order for COVID-19 treatments to work, they must be started early, within five days of when your symptoms start. The Test to Treat initiative provides eligible patients faster, easier access to potentially life-saving treatments.”

A web-based site locator is now available to make it easier to find Test to Treat locations. Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support locating a Test to Treat site can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week.

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.


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