Free COVID test kits are coming back. Here’s how to get them.

Biden administration prepares to resume accepting orders for free at-home COVID-19 tests starting Sept. 25, officials say announced Wednesday. The administration is also planning a new infusion of money to boost domestic manufacturing of the test kits. How to order free COVID tests Four free tests will be available for each household to request through … Read more

New COVID variant BA.2.86 spotted in 10 states, although highly mutated strain remains rare

People across at least 10 states have now been infected by BA.2.86, a highly mutated variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, which the authorities have been following closely. According to data calculated from the global virus database GISAID, laboratories have reported finding BA.2.86 in samples from Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, … Read more

Do COVID-19 tests still work after they expire? This is how you tell.

With COVID-19 cases are increasing again in the United States, Americans are reviving a well-known preventive measure: Screening for the virus using rapid home tests. Many people still have sets previously the government provided to all households free, especially as some schools and companies again require tests. Still, various COVID-19 tests have expiration dates on … Read more

New COVID vaccine shots are not called “boosters.” Here’s why.

Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, as signs of waning immunity and changes in the virus prompted the release of additional doses of the vaccine, health officials began urging Americans to seek out “booster” shots to improve their protection against the virus. Now with one updated vaccine formula rollout this fall, officials are changing that message … Read more

Looking for the new COVID vaccine booster? Here’s where you can get shot.

Pharmacies across the United States have begun administering new COVID-19 booster formulations from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna. Food and Drug Administration approved the revised mRNA vaccine shots on Monday as multiple COVID variants spread and hospitalizations increase. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the shots for all 6 months and older. The vaccine … Read more

Therefore, the CDC recommends everyone get the new COVID vaccine booster by the fall of 2023

Prior to the rollout of autumn’s new COVID-19 vaccinesa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention task force wrestled for months over whether the shot should be recommended for all eligible Americans or only for some of the most vulnerable groups. The latter approach is e.g. have been taken up by other countries such as The … Read more