Vaccination is considered the best protection against COVID-19. To date, more than 500 million doses had been administered in the United States, resulting in declines in hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccination is now available to individuals ages five and older. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. In addition to the primary vaccination series, those age 12 and older are now eligible for booster doses. Learn more about vaccination here. Information specific to vaccination for children and adolescents is available here.

In addition to vaccination, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Wearing a mask with several layers over your nose and mouth. 
  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practicing social distancing. 

Masking guidelines remain in effect for all Maury Regional Health hospitals, medical office buildings, outpatient facilities and Maury Regional Medical Group practices.

CDC Masking Guidelines

The CDC recommends masks be worn indoors by everyone age two and older indoors in public settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. For location-specific data, click here.

Mask wearing is also required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Learn more here.


The COVID-19 virus can affect anyone of any age. Illness can range from mild to severe. The delta and omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus are considered to be more transmissable than the original version. Health care facilities are seeing younger people affected by serious illness from variants. The majority of those currently being hospitalized with severe illness from COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

controlling household spread of covid-19

When someone becomes infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, those who reside in the same home have a strong chance of also becoming infected. Learn more about controlling household spread of COVID-19.


IMPORTANT: Patients should not attempt to self-medicate without direction from their physician or clinical provider, with the exception of over-the-counter fever reducing medications. All medications should be taken as directed.