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COVID-19

Vaccination is the best protection we have against the COVID virus. The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, for everyone age five years and older. 

COVID vaccinations in Missouri will be provided at no cost to anyone who wants a vaccination. 

To find a place you can get vaccinated, visit VaccineFinder.org and enter your zip code.

The US has a long history of assuring vaccines are safe through the use of specific, detailed, and time-tested protocols. The FDA has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine. Before any new vaccine is brought to market, it has been given to thousands of people under stringent monitoring for safety. Sometimes, very rare side effects are recognized only after the vaccine is licensed because they occur so infrequently, but such side effects are very rare and must be weighed against the good the vaccine will do. Millions of COVID-19 vaccinations have been given in the US with very few serious side effects.

 

Vaccination is our best protection against COVID, especially when we layer it along with other actions like masking, physical distancing, and handwashing.

 

Of course, if you don't feel well, stay home. Wash your hands often. Try to stay in a room to yourself. Monitor your symptoms and ask your doctor or your local public health agency if you should be tested for COVID.

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Masking

The recommendations have changed over time as experts have learned more about the benefit of masking. The latest guidance from CDC says your decision to wear a mask should be based on your own health and the conditions in your community at any given time.

CDC has created a county level map that indicates COVID activity. Check the map or search for your community to help you decide whether or not to wear a mask while in public spaces in your community or in places you may be visiting.

 

Generally, masks are recommended for everyone two years old and older in crowded, indoor settings, regardless of your vaccination status. 

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Physical Distancing

To protect yourself and reduce the spread of COVID, keep at least a 6 feet (2 arm lengths) distance from other people. This is the distance droplets can travel when a person without a mask on talks, coughs, or sneezes.

Some people may not look sick, but they can still carry and spread the COVID virus.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Spend more time outdoors. If you must be indoors, try to open windows and doors to bring in fresh air, as much as possible.

In crowded school settings where six feet of distance is not possible, the CDC recommends children be spaced at least three feet apart and wear masks. Teachers and other adults in school settings are also strongly recommended to wear masks while indoors.

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Handwashing

Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

 

Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community, handwashing with soap and water can protect you and your family.

Wash your hands:

  • Before, during, and after preparing or eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or helping a young child use the bathroom

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching animals, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After touching garbage or trash

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