Key Takeaways

  • The nationwide COVID-19 winter surge is here, and the federal government and organizations alike have been taking comprehensive action to stop the spread of the Omicron variant

  • The Resilient American Communities' (RAC) COVID Initiative supports communities in their efforts to prevent and  manage the risks of COVID, especially for the underserved and vulnerable who have struggled to generate sufficient capacities and resources to improve their conditions.

  • Join RAC by printing and sharing this infographic/flyer and help protect those we love. This resource is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, on the RAC website.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and is the primary catalyst in the spike of COVID-19 cases. In fact, approximately 95% of all new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are due to this variant.

While recent reports indicate that Omicron causes less severe disease than the original coronavirus and the Delta variant, the impact on older adults is staggering.

In the month of December:

  • The rate of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations were 17 times higher in unvaccinated adults​ aged 65 years and older
  • Unvaccinated adults aged 65 and older were nearly 50 times more likely to require hospitalization than people the same age who have been vaccinated. 

Meanwhile, we have the tools to help taper the spread of Omicron, including getting vaccinated. According to the CDC, people 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization and vaccination was 64% effective among those who were partially vaccinated (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).

In an effort to help communities prevent and  manage the risks of COVID, the Resilient American Communities' (RAC) COVID Initiative created a communication resource detailing four steps to 'Protect the Ones You Love'. 

RAC's infographic is available in multiple languages, including Spanish. Join RAC by sharing this flyer and help protect your loved ones. You can download the version you need, including customizing your own version, on the RAC website.