Staying Safe this Holiday Season
Holiday celebrations on your mind? Many generations tend to gather to celebrate the holidays. If you are eligible, the CDC says that the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated. Here are some tips on safer ways to celebrate the holidays:
Protect those not yet eligible for vaccinations
- Protect young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated.
Wear a Mask
- Wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not vaccinated.
- Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial high transmission.
- Outdoors is safer than indoors.
- Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
Stay home if you are sick
- If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
If You are Considering Travel
If you are considering traveling, visit CDC’s Travel Page to help you decide what is best for you and your family. CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.
- If you are not yet fully vaccinated, follow CDC’s domestic travel and international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.
- Choose safer travel options.
- Everyone, including people who are vaccinated, are required to wear a mask on public transportation and follow international travel recommendations
- People who have a condition or are taking medication that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by a healthcare provider.
- If you have a family member with a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated, you might choose to wear a mask.
- If you are gather with people from multiple households and potentially different parts of the country, consider additional precautions such as avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel and getting tested, before gathering.
- Do NOT put a mask on children younger than 2 years old.
APHCV wishes everyone a joyful and safe holiday.
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