Health Matters

COVID-19: End of Year Update

Use the tools that have been shown to help.


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As the Omicron variant surges, we must work to stop the spread. Dr. Bhavna Lall, an internal medicine physician and faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says we need to keep using the tools we already have in our toolbox that have been shown to help.

“Omicron is the dominant variant of COVID-19 in the U.S. It is extremely contagious and spreading fast.”

  • If you are not vaccinated, get your first dose immediately.
  • If it has been over 6 months since your second dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, or 2 months since your first Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you should get an additional vaccine dose of Moderna or Pfizer
  • Wear fitted masks such as KN95, KF94 or N95 masks or double mask while indoors and stay in open, ventilated areas.
  • Test before gathering with others and stay home if feeling unwell.
  • Practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene

“Until the world is vaccinated, COVID-19 variants will continue to spread. Stay safe during the holidays!”

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