When can I get the updated COVID-19 booster?

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider An updated booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine is just around the corner. On Aug. 30, the FDA authorized updated booster vaccines for emergency use, but there are still a few steps left in the approval process. Expert panels will review the applications from Pfizer and Moderna for these new booster vaccines at the end of this week and if they decide to recommend them, the updated Omicron-specific boosters could be available late next week. Read more.

COVID-19 and general vaccination information for children and babies

Crossposted from Best Starts for Kids Best Starts wants all children and babies to stay healthy, safe, and protected from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. With fall and back-to-school season just around the corner, this information can help answer common COVID-19 vaccination questions and make sure children are up to date on vaccinations required by school, preschool, and child care programs. Share this information with families you know! Read more.

Video and transcript: Media briefing on Monkeypox and COVID-19

Crossposted from Public Health Insider King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a media briefing on Aug. 9, 2022, to share information about local outbreaks of monkeypox and COVID-19. Read more.

Video Q&A: Dr. James on COVID-19 testing

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider We all have questions about COVID-19, and there is a lot to learn when it comes to testing. You might know someone who felt sick after being exposed to COVID, but never tested positive. Or maybe you’re wondering if you should get tested sooner if you haven’t been vaccinated. Dr. James Lewis served as a medical epidemiologist supporting King County’s COVID-19 response for more than two years, before recently accepting a position as Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. Public Health’s Leslie Daniels recently sat down to ask… Read More

Should I wait to get my next COVID vaccination? 

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Have you been waiting to get a COVID booster shot or to get your child vaccinated? Dr. Mark Del Beccaro is a pediatrician and former emergency department doctor. He now works with COVID vaccination and provides advice about the best timing for getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Read more.

Is my baby ready for COVID vaccine? Answers for new and expecting parents

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Babies and young children ages six months and up recently became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. If you’re the parent of a child under age five, you may be cracking open the champagne, or you may be still wondering if getting vaccinated is the right move for your child. Either way, we understand where you’re coming from. It’s normal and natural to have questions, especially when it comes to children’s health and Public Health Insder has answers to common questions. Read more.

King County transitions COVID-19 testing sites to community partners 

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider As announced earlier this month, Public Health – Seattle & King County is ending its operational oversight of itsTukwila, Federal Way and Auburn COVID-19 testing sites in the transition from COVID-19 emergency response to long-term prevention management. Community partners will take over operation of these three sites in June, following a brief closure during the transition process. These sites will continue to provide free tests regardless of immigration or insurance status. Click here for more details.

With COVID-19 rates high, what parents need to know about masking and testing

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider COVID-19 risk for people in our community has increased over the past several weeks. In late April, our case rates put King County into the Medium COVID-19 Community Level. Unfortunately, we continue to receive many reports of COVID-19 cases and clusters throughout the community, including from schools and childcare centers. With this increased level of COVID-19, parents may be wondering what they should consider for masking and testing right now. Click here to find out more.

Changes coming to King County COVID-19 testing sites

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider As King County COVID-19 case rates have fallen from the Omicron peak earlier this year, and as the availability of free rapid self-test and community testing options have increased, demand at King County COVID-19 test sites has significantly declined. In order to better align with demand and transition to long-term testing solutions, Public Health – Seattle & King County will end its operations of our Tukwila, Federal Way and Auburn COVID-19 testing sites. The last day of King County operations for the Federal Way and Tukwila testing sites… Read More

Immunocompromised? You may be eligible for this medication to help protect from COVID

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider If you or someone you know is at higher risk from COVID-19 because of a compromised immune system, pre-exposure prophylaxis (also called PrEP, available as the product Evusheld) can help to protect from severe disease. When taken before infection or exposure, Evusheld helps your body fight the coronavirus and avoid getting really sick or needing to visit the hospital. Find more information here.