As the fall temperatures roll in, we want to provide some health and wellness updates, tips and resources to help you and your family thrive. With cold and flu season upon us and the possibility of upcoming family gatherings, it is important to maintain healthy practices and prioritize the well-being of yourself and the community. Many of you are asking about COVID-19 boosters, flu vaccinations and well-being resources. View these highlights and take care.
At this time, Washington University is not requiring boosters for students, faculty and staff.
The COVID-19 vaccine offers high levels of protection against severe illness. Boosters are an added preventive measure to reduce the risk for mild infection in eligible populations recommended by the CDC. Per the CDC, COVID-19 booster shots are recommended for individuals who are 65 years and older or who have underlying medical conditions. Boosters are also recommended for individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago.
For university community members who would like to receive a booster, appointments are readily available at most public clinics or retail pharmacies. To find a booster vaccine near you, visit vaccines.gov/search/ and type in your zip code. Employees who receive a booster should update their vaccination records in ReadySet.