New York State and the Finger Lakes Region are now seeing an uptick in COVID related hospitalizations. The opening of schools and cooler weather increases the amount of time that people are gathered in a closed space.
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. The updated COVID-19 vaccine is available in local pharmacies. This vaccine is new CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. Even if you received the past COVID vaccine and booster doses, you still need the updated COVID vaccine. Flu vaccine can be safely given/received at the same time as the updated COVID vaccine.