Mandating Vaccinations

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

President Biden has announced that his administration plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all nursing home staff. Everyone is getting very nervous, the associations are speaking out on our behalf and now we sit and wait for the final rule. But, should we really be nervous? Should we be concerned that we will lose more staff? Staff that we don’t …

State of Michigan Executive Directive:

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Protecting the most vulnerable Michiganders with an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2021/08/13/file_attachments/1905983/ED%202021-4%20Additional%20dose%20%28final%20signed%29.pdf

CDC Statement on Recommendation for an Additional Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

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This official CDC recommendation — which follows FDA’s decision to amend the emergency use authorizations of the vaccines — is an important step in ensuring everyone, including those most vulnerable to COVID-19, can get as much protection as possible from COVID-19 vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0813-additional-mRNA-mrna-dose.html

Connecticut Governor Orders Long-Term Care Facility Staff To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in an effort to protect some of the most vulnerable residents of Connecticut from the impact of COVID-19, he has directed an executive order be issued to require employees of all long-term care facilities in the state to be vaccinated against the virus. Executive Order No. 13B, which was filed today and takes effect …

Surgeon General’s Advisory Warns About the Urgent Threat of Health Misinformation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is issuing the first Surgeon General’s Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation. Health misinformation, including disinformation, have threatened the U.S. response to COVID-19 and continue to prevent Americans from getting vaccinated, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk, and the advisory encourages technology …

APIC Supports Growing Number of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policies in Healthcare Facilities

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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced its support for hospitals and health systems that are requiring all employees and clinical team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. “APIC applauds healthcare organizations for taking this bold patient safety step,” said APIC 2021 President Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC. “Low …

Pfizer and BioNTech Provide Update on Booster Program in Light of the Delta-Variant

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Pfizer and BioNTech have seen encouraging data in the ongoing booster trial of a third dose of the current BNT162b2 vaccine. Initial data from the study demonstrate that a booster dose given 6 months after the second dose has a consistent tolerability profile while eliciting high neutralization titers against the wild type and the Beta variant, which are 5 to …

Care home residents are at risk of COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Care homes need to be vigilant for outbreaks of COVID-19, even after residents have received two doses of the vaccine, according to new research being presented. Martin Martinot, of the Hopitaux Civils de Colmar, Colmar, France, and colleagues studied an outbreak of COVID-19 that began in a care home in eastern France a month after a campaign to double vaccinate …