Learn about COVID-192021-02-24T20:36:32-05:00
Information about variants2021-12-29T14:25:44-05:00

By now you’ve probably heard of the Delta & Omicron Variants and are wondering: what are they? The Variants are a mutated forms of the corona virus. Below is some helpful information about them:

  • Genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been emerging and circulating around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Viral mutations and variants in the United States are routinely monitored through sequence-based surveillance, laboratory studies, and epidemiological investigations.
  • The Delta Variant was first detected in the United States in March 2021. It was initially identified in India in December 2020.
  • The Omicron Variant was first detected in the United States in November 2021. It was initially identified in Africa in November 2021.
  • The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.
  • So far, studies suggest that the current authorized vaccines work on the circulating variants. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

Attributes of the Delta Variant:

  • Increased transmissibility
  • Potential reduction in neutralization by some EUA monoclonal antibody treatments
  • Potential reduction in neutralization by post-vaccination sera

Protect yourself from COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States and variants are circulating. Take steps to protect yourself from the virus.

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html

 

 

(Updated 12/30/2021)

COVID-19 Booster Shots2021-11-23T14:50:56-05:00

Some COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Can Get Booster Shots

  • People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
  • People 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. 

Who is eligible for a Booster Shot?

 

Visit the CDC page about Booster Shots for more information.

 

Where to get a Booster Shot:

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Clinics
The Westchester County Department of Health is holding vaccine booster clinics, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at 134 Court Street in White Plains.

Booster Clinics

The Westchester County Department of Health is holding vaccine booster clinics for eligible individuals, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at 134 Court Street in White Plains.
Schedule a Pfizer Booster Shot
Schedule a Moderna Booster Shot
Schedule a Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

(updated 11/15/21)

 

Where can I find health guidelines for COVID?2021-02-18T17:24:40-05:00

The Library System’s subscription to X-Plain Patient Education provides health information on a variety of topics in plain language.

 

Westchester County Department of Health guidelines (scroll down to personal and community protection measures)

 

The World Health Organization’s advice for the public page has tips for keeping yourself, others, and your environment safe.

Where can I find research on COVID-19?2021-02-18T10:49:21-05:00
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