COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccines, including recommended boosters.
Updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination, and provide broader protection against newer variants. The updated, or bivalent boosters, target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of Omicron.
Find more information about Covid vaccines and boosters here.
Leopold Vaccine Clinic held during Food Pantry starting September 20 (sponsored by Public Health Madison & Dane County):
FREE COVID-19 VACCINES
Leopold Elementary Food Pantry
Every other Tuesday, starting September 20,10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2602 Post Rd, Madison, WI 53713
- No appointments
- Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax available while supplies last
- No ID or insurance required
- Everyone 6 months and older is welcome
- 6 months-17 year olds need a parent or guardian present Primary and Bivalent booster dose
Updates on Covid-19 Guidelines
- If your child is sick or has Covid-19 symptoms, OR tests positive for COVID-- STAY HOME and fill out the symptom screener. You will receive an email with specific guidance on the next steps.
- If your child tests positive for Covid-19, they must isolate for five days. They may return to school on day 6, as long as: symptoms are improving, No fever/vomiting/ diarrhea x 24 hours, Can comfortably wear a mask at school on days 6-10
- If your child has any Covid-19 symptoms (any one of the following: cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste/smell OR any two of the following: runny nose, congestion, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever), they need to get tested. Rapid Antigen Test (home tests included) or PCR accepted. See here for MMSD testing sites. Registration is required with the new Covid Connect 2.0 system. Here is the one-time registration link. You have to make an account before you are tested. If testing is declined, your child must stay home for 5 days. Please note, only students and staff can test at MMSD sites.
- Rapid Antigen HOME tests are now accepted to return to school! Every school health office has home testing kits in stock. If you are in need of home rapid antigen test kits, please reach out to your school nurse.
- If the Rapid Antigen test is negative, your child can stay at school as long as the following conditions are met:
- No fever/vomiting/diarrhea
- Must be able to wear a mask if having respiratory symptoms
- Must feel well enough to be able to get through the school day
- No quarantine is necessary if a close contact (regardless of vaccination status). If exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid-19, it is recommended to wear a mask for 10 days, and test 5 days after exposure, sooner if symptoms develop.
Questions? Contact your school nurse or Alicia Schanbacher, Communicable Disease Lead Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org.