COVID-19 Information

Updated September 20, 2021

New Resources: Back to School and COVID-19

Answers for Families from Boston Children's Hospital.

Flowchart: COVID-19 Guidance for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated (PDF)

Public Health Best Practices

Reminder: What you think is a summer cold or allergies could be COVID-19. Call you doctor and seek testing if you experience new symptoms. You can help stop the spread of the coronavirus, including the highly transmissible delta variant.

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The best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from a COVID-19 infection, including the highly-transmissible delta variant, which has been detected in Weston and widely across Massachusetts and the U.S., are to:

  • Get vaccinated - available to everyone aged 12 and older
    • NEW - FDA approves Comirnaty(COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA), which was previously known as Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older
      • We are in an interim phase, where Pfizer vaccine is available both by EUA (for ages 12 – 15) and approval/licensure (as noted above). Rather than the traditional Vaccine Information Statements (VIS), we now see an interim combined EUA/VIS.
    • FDA Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised People: On 8/12/21, the FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise. Other fully vaccinated individuals do not need an additional vaccine dose at this time though we anticipate information about booster doses for mRNA vaccines soon
    • Recommendations For People Who Are Pregnant, Lactating, or Trying to Get Pregnant: On 8/11/21, CDC updated its Interim Clinical Considerations to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant, lactating, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also issued an updated practice advisory on COVID-19 vaccination. The advisory summarizes the latest COVID-19 vaccine safety data in pregnancy and states unequivocally that all eligible people, including pregnant and lactating individuals, should receive COVID-19 vaccination
  • Wear a mask - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory on July 30. 2021, effective immediately, considering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance on July 29, 2021.
    Please Note: The Commonwealth’s mask order was rescinded on May 29, 2021. Mask advisory exemptions are outlined on Mass.gov.
    • Unvaccinated and not yet fully vaccinated individuals over the age of 5 are advised by the Department of Public Health to continue to wear a mask in indoor public places and when they can’t socially distance. 
    • Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors outside of your home if you have a weakened immune system, are at increased risk for COVID-19, or if someone in your household is at increased risk or unvaccinated. 
    • Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail, school busses and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
    • Masks are required to be worn indoors in K-12 school buildings in Weston effective 8/19/21 by faculty/staff, students, and visitors to aid safer return to full time, in-person school this fall. Each school will send/make available their own COVID-19 response protocols to enrolled families. Effective September 7, 2021, all individuals (adults and children five years of age and older) are required to wear masks in EEC licensed and approved programs. Mask wearing is strongly recommended for children ages 2 to 5 and is at the discretion of the parent/family. View EEC's policy on Mask Usage in EEC Child Care Programs (PDF)
  • Seek testing- if you are symptomatic or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. 
    • What kind of testing you need depends on your situation. Call your doctor or the board of health to discuss the best option for you.
      • PCR tests are required for completion of a 7 day strict quarantine or return to school following symptoms. They can be used by anyone for confirmation of infection. Public Health continues to rely on this type of test as the "gold standard." They are most often lab-run and can take 24-36 hours to result.
      • Antigen tests (medically attended) can be used in a number of situations, most often when an individual is symptomatic and suspects they have a COVID-19 infection, or have had close contact with a positive individual and are symptomatic. These tests, when proctored or done at a testing center, have reportable results, and a positive/negative result is given in 15 minutes. They are less sensitive than PCR tests but appropriate for some situations.
      • Home tests are a great start, but please keep in mind that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as requested that anyone with a positive non-medically attended, home-based test seek a confirmatory PCR-type test. At this time, non-medically attended home tests (home antigen tests) should not be used for testing out of strict quarantine (a quarantine where an individual can exit quarantine after 7 days if they get a negative test on or after day 5, and remain asymptomatic), OR for returning to school following symptoms when a negative test is required. These situations both require PCR-type testing.
    • State-wide testing locator. Testing costs should be covered by insurance for either symptomatic or close contact situations, or free for the under or uninsured.
    • The Weston Fire Department is offering COVID-19 testing in Weston Center.
      • Schedule a PCR test online. This will be a private pay test as the Fire Department is not set up for insurance reimbursement. See above for when these tests may be needed.
      • Medically-attended antigen tests are coming soon to the Fire Department.  There will be a minimal cost for these tests and they result in 15 minutes.
    • K-12 schools in Weston have their own testing programs open to students in addition to the public options outlined above. Contact your child's school to discuss options, enrollment and consent. 
  • If you are traveling, follow CDC travel advice
    • If you are fully vaccinated, monitor COVID-19 case data where you are traveling and wear a mask indoors in public settings where there is local high and moderate transmission of COVID-19, or as local ordinance dictates
    • If you are unvaccinated the CDC is not recommending domestic or international travel at this time
  • Activate MassNotify on your smartphone - This private and anonymous service notifies users of a potential exposure to COVID-19 so they may take the appropriate precautions
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer

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