COVID-19 weekly news: October 17-22

Covid Queries: Do I need the vaccine if I’ve had COVID-19?

When someone has had an infection, and the body has produced antibodies as a result, this is called "natural immunity." But early evidence suggests natural immunity to COVID-19 may not be very long-lasting.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Changing COVID-19 recommendations mean the science is working

As continuing research guides medical recommendations, it seems that there are COVID-19 updates released daily. These recommendations cover a range of topics, including whether COVID-19 booster vaccinations are necessary to whether COVID-19 vaccines can be mixed and matched.

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Mayo Clinic researchers investigating COVID-19’s brain symptoms

"Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 may show neurological symptoms, such as loss of smell, delirium and cognitive impairment. Mayo Clinic researchers are investigating these side effects to determine whether being infected with COVID-19 influences development or progression of Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (ADRD).

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Mayo Clinic Minute: High- vs. low-risk Halloween ideas

It can be a balancing act trying to figure out what's safe for your children, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and keeping them happy. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and they usually are the ones most eager to experience Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating.

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COVID-19 vaccination plan for kids 5-11

President Biden has released his rollout plan for COVID-19 vaccines in anticipation of approval to use the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5–11 as part of an emergency use authorization.

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Mayo Clinic to offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Rochester

"This year,Pfizer and Moderna booster vaccinations will be offered to people who received a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 initial vaccination series, as directed by the Food and Drug Administration. Learn where you can get initial and booster vaccinations, and third doses, Oct. 22- Dec. 3.

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.