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UPDATE 9/12/2023:

On September 11, 2023, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved and authorized the updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to include a monovalent (single) component that corresponds to the Omicron variant XBB.1.5. With this update, the bivalent COVID-19 dose is no longer authorized for use. The City of Milwaukee Health Department will not be able to administer any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine until we receive the new vaccine, which is anticipated in late September. More details will be shared when available.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Many people who contract COVID-19 experience mild symptoms. Some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.
  • COVID-19 is primarily spread person-to-person when infected particles are exhaled into the air and breathed in by another.
  • COVID-19 is diagnosed with a test. There are two types of tests: One given by a health provider (PCR test) and an at-home test kit (Rapid antigen test).
  • The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated and boosted when you are eligible, wear a mask in public spaces, wash your hands often, and practice physical distancing.

Full COVID-19 data can be found in the Weekly Respiratory Illness Report