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Subject COVID-19 Updates: April 4, 2024
Date April 4, 2024 9:42 PM
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*Minnesota Department of Health*

"April 4, 2024"

* COVID-19 guidance updates [ #link_2 ]
* Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines [ #link_4 ]
* MDH materials [ #link_3 ]
* Travel reminders [ #link_1 ]
* Free or low-cost Paxlovid [ #link_5 ]
* Guidance and resources [ #link_6 ]

COVID-19 guidance updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their guidance for viruses like COVID-19, influenza (flu), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) which can affect your nose, throat, and lungs.

The CDC recommends following five steps to prevent illness (called “core prevention strategies”) and to layer (add on) three additional steps (called “additional prevention strategies”) for more protection from such respiratory viruses.

Find out more: COVID-19: Protect Yourself & Other [ [link removed] ]s and CDC: Prevention [ [link removed] ].

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Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older, but did you know that some people may get additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines?

* People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get one additional dose of updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine two or more months after the last COVID-19 vaccine. They also may receive additional updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine doses and should talk to their health care provider.
* People aged 65 years and older who received one dose of any updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer or Novavax) should receive one additional dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the previous updated dose.

CDC: Find COVID‑19 Vaccines [ [link removed] ]

About COVID-19 Vaccine [ [link removed] ]


MDH materials

We are updating videos, print materials, and translated documents often. Check out the pages below to view, download, or print these resources.

COVID-19 Translated Materials [ [link removed] ]

Materials and Resources for COVID-19 Response [ [link removed] ]

Videos for COVID-19 Response [ [link removed] ]

Visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [ [link removed] ] for up-to-date information and *follow MDH on Facebook [ [link removed] ], X [ [link removed] ], Threads [ [link removed] ], & Instagram [ [link removed] ].*

Travel reminders

*Planning a trip? Take these steps to protect yourself and others when traveling:*

* Do not travel if you are sick.
* Make sure you are up to date on your travel vaccinations, including COVID-19, measles, and influenza.
* Ask your health care provider about other vaccines or medications you might need. 
* Consider taking COVID-19 self-tests with you.
* Be mindful every day. Wash hands frequently and cover coughs to keep germs from spreading.

Additional resources:

Guidance for Travelers: International Travel & Infectious Disease [ [link removed] ]

CDC: Respiratory Virus Guidance [ [link removed] ]

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Free or low-cost Paxlovid

Have a Paxlovid prescription to treat COVID-19? The PAXCESS patient support program provides this oral antiviral medication for free or at low-cost, whether you have public insurance (Medicare, Medicaid), private insurance or even no insurance at all.

Enroll with your prescription: PAXCESS Patient Support Program [ [link removed] ] or by calling 877-219-7225.


Guidance and resources


* Protect Yourself and Others: COVID-19 [ [link removed] ]
* COVID-19 Community Testing [ [link removed] ]
* Prisons, Detention Centers, & Homeless Service Sites: COVID-19 [ [link removed] ]

MDH COVID-19 Public Hotline

For questions related to the COVID-19, call:


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To connect directly to a representative in American Sign Language, click the "ASL Now" button on Contact Us: COVID-19 Questions [ [link removed] ].

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