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COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 5 and Up with illustration of a woman standing over a child sitting at a desk

COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 5 and Up

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Update: Everyone ages 5 and up is now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone, especially those at highest risk, from severe illness and death. Children ages 5 years and older are able to get an age-appropriate dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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COVID-19 Booster Shot Updates with image of a COVID-19 Vaccine vial on a blue background

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster UPDATE

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

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COVID-19 Booster Shots with closeup of a gloved hand holding a vaccine vial

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

FDA has amended the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in people 65 and older, 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions, and people 18 and older who live and work in high-risk settings.

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Woman in blue scrubs and a stethoscope around her neck with a white horse on one side, and a standing man in a white doctor's coat with a face mask on feeling the neck of another seated man with a face mask on in a doctor's office. With text, Why You Should NOT Use Ivermectin To Treat or Prevent COVID-19

Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals and currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous.

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Changes to SSI for Recipients & Applicants: Most types of pandemic-related financial assistance won’t count against SSI eligibility or benefit amount

Important Change for SSI Recipients and Applicants

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently changed their rules about what types of financial assistance can affect an individual’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility or their monthly SSI payment amount. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SSA no longer counts most types of pandemic-related financial assistance against eligibility or payment amount. This includes Economic Impact Payments (EIP), State Stimulus Payments, and Unemployment Assistance, and more.

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Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Disability intersects every demographic group—there are people with disabilities of all ages, races, genders or national origin. And, disabilities can impact a person in a variety of ways—both visible and invisible. For people with disabilities and their families, it is important to consider individual circumstances and needs to effectively prepare for emergencies and disasters.

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