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Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

Oct 26, 2021
Getty Images - little girl stands in front of holiday lights outside in a winter coat and a face mask

The holidays are just around the corner, and while this time of year typically includes family and friend gatherings and traditions, it is important to protect your health and the health of your loved ones.

According to the CDC, the best way to stay safe this holiday season is to get vaccinated, especially to protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children. Click here for general COVID-19 vaccine information in NYC, including where to get vaccinated, booster shot eligibility, and more.

Other best practices from the CDC include:

  • Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission.
  • Outdoors is safer than indoors.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
  • 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. (Click here for testing info/sites in NYC

If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit the 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.

Click here to read more safety tips from the CDC regarding COVID-19 and the holidays. Stay safe and healthy!

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