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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’re here to listen and support you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find answers to the most common questions and stay informed about the latest coronavirus developments.

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Update for June 3

State of COVID-19 in the US

  • CDC Recommendation: Children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.
  • CDC Recommendation: Immunocompromised people over the age of 12 and everyone over the age of 50 should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after the first.
  • Over the past month, there have seen steady increases in cases in the US, with a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older people in the US.
  • If your last vaccine dose or booster was in early December 2021 or before, then it’s likely you are now due for another dose.
Update for June 3

Health Guidance for Kidney Patients

  • DialysisKeep your appointments and do not miss any treatments. If you have complaints about the care provided at your center, contact the ESRD National Coordinating Center or call them.
  • TransplantIf you have a kidney transplant, it is important to remember to keep taking your anti-rejection medicines, maintain good hygiene and follow the recommendations from your healthcare team.
  • Masks: Keep wearing N95 masks, especially indoors when near other people, and continue to social distance and wash your hands often.
  • VaccinationsStay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, and other recommended vaccines, including a yearly flu shot. NKF strongly recommends that ALL kidney patients follow the current CDC guidelines for immunocompromised people.
  • Evusheld: A preventive treatment that has been granted emergency use authorization. Ask your doctor if preventive treatment with Evusheld is right for you. More on Evusheld.
  • At homeStock up on supplies, including paper goods, cleaners, food, and water. During an outbreak in your area, stay home as much as possible.
  • TravelThe CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

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