To try to get ahead of a feared increase of COVID-19 cases over the winter, the Biden-Harris administration released a COVID-19 winter preparedness plan in December 2022 that focuses on making vaccinations, testing, and other resources easily accessible.

Some of the plan’s key features include:

  • Expanding access to free COVID-19 testing by offering free rapid COVID-19 tests and distributing more tests
  • Making vaccinations and treatments readily available to all Americans through pop-up or mobile vaccination sites, along with other resources and assistance
  • Preparing personnel and resources, including clinical staffing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and technical assistance
  • Readying clinical personnel for deployment when needed
  • Focusing on protecting at-risk Americans, such as nursing home residents and hospital patients

“Although COVID-19 is not the disruptive force it once was, the virus continues to evolve and cases are on the rise again as families are spending more time indoors,” the White House said in a statement. “Throughout the COVID-19 response, the administration has been prepared for whatever the virus throws our way—and this moment is no different.”