Good morning, Madison.

In case you missed it, late last week, state health officials approved Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for 16- and 17-year-olds.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends teens 16 and older get a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. So far, Pfizer is the only vaccine booster recommended for older teens. Anyone 18 older is allowed to mix and match for booster doses.

I got my own booster shot yesterday and other than feeling like my arm got punched by a mafia man wearing a full fist of rings, life is great.

— Hayley


✏️ Who's in and who's out of the Madison School Board race.

⚖️ Gordon Hintz is stepping down as the Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader.

🦁 Henry Vilas Zoo is hosting a vaccine clinic this weekend.

📚 Having fun isn't hard when you have a library card, and now you can get one without proof of address.

  • The Madison Public Library system now offers Easy Access cards, which don't require proof of address to obtain. It's meant to reduce barriers for folks who can't show proof of address to get a full use card.
  • Easy Access cardholders can check out up to 3 items and place holds on up to 2 items. You can apply for this card in person at any library location.

🗳️ The co-executive director of Rape Crisis Center is running for Dane County Supervisor.

🚮 The Madison Streets Division is increasing the number of large item pickup opportunities.

😳 This UW dorm is going viral for the wrong reasons.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison student Elise Poos posted a viral TikTok of mold growth in her Sellery Residence Hall dorm room. In the video — which has over 18,000 likes and 157,000 views — Poos explained she's been sick since September and decided to get a mold testing kit after realizing her symptoms overlapped with potential mold exposure.
  • The Daily Cardinal reports this isn't the first time mold has become a cause for concern in Sellery but UW Housing officials maintain there is "no widespread evidence of concern regarding mold."

🤠 Jason aldean will headline Summerfest 2022.

  • The country music star will headline the Milwaukee festival's first night at the American Family Amphitheater June 23, 2022.
  • The festival will take place over the course of three weekends in 2022: June 23-25, June 30-July 2, and July 7-9.

😷 Your lunchtime read: The pandemic almost killed my mom, but she didn't catch COVID.


🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.4%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.9%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.


📅  Events: Tuesday, Dec. 14


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