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COVID-19 News & Support

Get the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccines. The CDC is now recommending a booster shots for those at high risk.

September 28, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the official Connecticut COVID-19 Response page.

Concerned about vaccine safety and side effects? Check out the Mayo Clinic’s Get the Facts page for trustworthy answers.

Find a Vaccine Location Frequently Asked Questions

 

Booster Shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings. You should wait at least 6 months after your last vaccine to get a booster shot. This information is accurate as of September 28, 2021. Visit the CDC website for up-to-date information.

The following groups should receive a booster shot:

  • Ages 65+
  • Ages 50+ with underlying medical conditions
  • Residents in long-term care

The following groups may receive a booster shot:

  • Ages 18+ with underlying medical conditions
  • People who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

 

How Do Vaccines Work?
Vaccines can keep you (and others) from getting sick—but how? Find out how vaccines train your immune system before you fall ill.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
Dr. Seema Yasmin answers 3 common questions about COVID-19 vaccine safety, side effects, and risks.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Take a step inside the McFarland Clinic in Iowa and hear from the patients themselves how they feel about getting the vaccine.

 

Understanding the Delta Variant
Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse discusses what you need to know about the Delta variant.

 

What to Know Before You Get the Shot
Dr. Dean Blumberg explains how quickly vaccines work, who should get vaccinated, when you might want to delay your shot, and if masks are still necessary after getting a coronavirus vaccine.

 

Masks for Fully Vaccinated People Explained
Dr. Stuart Cohen explains why the Delta variant is more easily transmitted, and how masks should still play a role in keeping you safe (even if you are vaccinated).

 

 

News Sources

For national COVID-19 news and information: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 page.

For Connecticut COVID-19 vaccine news and information: Connecticut COVID-19 Response.

Completely lost? Check out the Smithsonian’s Vaccines & Us page.
The Smithsonian offers easy-to-understand explanations on the basics of viruses, how masks work, what soap does to viruses, the science behind vaccines, and resources for talking to kids about the pandemic.

 

Scams and Myths

Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself. Here’s how to avoid falling victim to misinformation:

  • Avoid knee-jerk reactions. Often, all it takes is a moment of reflection to realize something is questionable, too good to be true, or just trying to make people angry.
  • Avoid confirmation bias. It’s easier to trust information that agrees with what you already believe—but that doesn’t mean the information is true.
  • Avoid ‘miracle’ or ‘secret’ cures. These fake cures will not protect you from COVID-19, and may actually make you sick. Be suspicious of products that claim to be a quick fix for all sorts of diseases, and remember that personal stories (even if you hear them on television or radio) are not a substitute for scientific evidence. If you are not sure what to believe, check with a medical doctor or ask a librarian for help finding trustworthy information.
  • Seek information from multiple trusted sources. Trusted sources like the CDC and Johns Hopkins University provide information that is supported by scientific evidence and expert knowledge.
  • Don’t rely on word-of-mouth info. Facebook and Twitter posts are not reliable, even if they are coming from people you know and trust. Just like a virus, misinformation can be spread by good people, friends and family, even if they have the best intentions.

 

Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments
Products that fraudulently claim to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent COVID-19 might be dangerous to you and your family. Here are some tips to help you spot these fraudulent products.

 

How to Spot Fake News
Learn how to identify misinformation, verify whether the news you’re seeing is really true, and what to do afterwards. Presented by Anne Henriques at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.

 

Coronavirus Advice for Consumers
A quick list of scams and other warnings from the FTC.

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control
Heard a rumor but not sure if it’s true? Check here.

The Coronavirus Collection: Prevention and Treatments
An excellent source to help you identify false medical information.

A Guide to Our Coronavirus Coverage
Fact-check the latest news stories about COVID-19.

Politifact Coronavirus Coverage
How true is that quote from your favorite (or least favorite) celebrity, politician, or your aunt on Facebook? Find the truth here.

 

Maps

Cases in U.S.
This simple map from the CDC shows the number of reported cases in each state.

Real-time COVID-19 Map
Johns Hopkins University gathers data from the WHO, CDC, national government health departments, local media reports, and more, for a detailed global map.

 

Understanding the Pandemic

What is this whole “social distancing” thing, and why is it so important? Should I be worried? Do I need a mask? Here are the best articles we’ve found to explain some of the issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Simulator
This fantastic interactive page uses easy-to-understand simulations to show how viruses spread, and how quarantine and social distancing work.

#CoronaVirus Infographic
These pretty, easy-to-read charts help put the COVID-19 pandemic in perspective.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Statistics and Research
If you’re looking to dive deep into the data, this is for you!

 

How to Explain COVID-19 to Children

Vaccines & Us Tools and Resources
Videos and articles for talking to your kids about the virus.

#COVIBOOK
A downloadable book available in multiple languages that supports and reassures children under the age of 7.

10 Tips For Talking About the Coroanvirius with Your Kids
Tips from PBS Newshour.

 

Safety

How to Protect Yourself
An easy checklist with simple steps that will greatly decrease your chances of getting sick.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Learn how to recognize COVID-19.

What To Do if You Are Sick
Advice on how to keep yourself and others safe. If you experience trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to wake up, or bluish lips/face, get medical attention right away.

Staying Safe During COVID-19 from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
For any victims and survivors who need support, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is there for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

 

Taxes & economic impact payments

Coronavirus Tax Relief from the IRS
Get the latest news about taxes and economic impact payments.

Economic impact payments: What you need to know
Answers common questions about the recently announced economic impact payments.

 

Employment Resources

For information about unemployment, see the Connecticut Department of Labor File For Unemployment website.

Other resources from the CT DOL:

Frequently Asked Questions for Workers and Employers
The Department of Labor has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Connecticut workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The FAQ is regularly updated and provides information on unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, wages and hours, and other employment-related issues.

Connecticut 211
Community services for food, mental health, healthcare, housing, transportation, income, and utility assistance.

JobNow
Get live job coaching, resume assistance, basic computer training, help with your job search, and more.

Workers and Emploees
Resources from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

 

Businesses & Farms

Business Resources
Do you own a small business? Check this page for updates and information on the major steps Connecticut is taking to protect businesses and residents during the coronavirus crisis.

COVID-19 Relief Options
Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including several loan options.

Resources for Agricultural Industry
Local farmers, check this page for updates and information from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, including the AFT Farmer Relief Fund and guidelines for online ordering/delivery.

 

Health & Wellness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides round-the-clock free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-779-4889 (Deaf or hard of hearing). Para servicio en español, llame al 1-888-628-9454.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19 and emergencies. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. TTY 1-800-846-8517.

 

Food Security

Connecticut 211
Community services for food, mental health, healthcare, housing, transportation, income, and utility assistance.

Mobile Pantry Schedule and Food Pantry Locator
Provided by the Connecticut Food Bank.

Food Resources
A list of resources provided by the Department of Children and Families.

Statewide Food Bank Services:

 

Housing & Tenants Rights

Homeowners and Renters
Updates and information taken by state and federal government to help protect homeowners and renters impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Find Housing
Visit this website to find low income/subsidized, Rental Deposit Assistance, public housing, and more.

CT Housing Search
Listings of affordable rental housing can be searched by location, number of bedrooms, rent range, proximity to public transit, accessibility for people with disabilities, and other criteria. Funded by the state Dept. of Social Services.

Anyone in Connecticut who is in immediate need of shelter should dial 2-1-1 for shelter options.

 

Mental Health

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or are suffering for any reason, please don’t hesitate to use these mental health services.

Berlin Crisis Hotline: 860-747-8719
National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Substance Abuse / Mental Health Helpline: 1‑877‑726‑4727
Addiction Help: 1-800-563-4086