Another Opinion on Boosters

Angie Szumlinski Health

According to David Kessler, M.D., chief science officer of COVID response for the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government is planning to have booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available for American people if needed. “The increased age, waning antibodies over time and new variants increase the probability that booster doses may be needed,” Kessler told Congress. …

Anxiety-Related Adverse Events – Janssen Vaccine

Angie Szumlinski News

“On April 7, 2021, after 5 weeks’ use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), CDC received reports of clusters of anxiety-related events after administration of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from five mass vaccination sites, all in different states. CDC interviewed staff members from the five mass COVID-19 vaccination sites that reported …

Third Dose of BNT161b2

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“The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the …

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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“On April 13, 2021, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended pausing use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine after reports of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) among vaccine recipients. On April 23, 2021, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices concluded that the benefits of resuming Janssen COVID-19 vaccination among persons aged ≥18 years outweighed the risks and …

When You’re Fully Vaccinated – CDC

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Now that restrictions are relaxing and we begin to return to pre-pandemic life, it is important to be conscious of what exactly “fully-vaccinated” means. As mask mandates lift and guidelines change, there are differences in the recommendations for “fully vaccinated” people and those that are not. So, what exactly does it mean to be fully vaccinated? According to the CDC, …

CMS Memo: Growing COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

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On May 11, 2021, CMS issued a rule requiring long term care facilities to educate residents/resident representatives and staff about the COVID-19 vaccine. This rule is similar to existing requirements for influenza and pneumococcal vaccines in long term care facilities, and appropriate documentation of the vaccine education must be maintained. Additionally, the facility must offer the vaccine unless unless the …

Safe and Proper Sharps Disposal During the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign

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If you experience a needlestick from a used or contaminated needle, seek immediate evaluation and treatment. Call the PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) hotline at 1.888.448.4911 immediately for guidance on treating exposures. Sharps are objects that can pierce the skin (for example, contaminated syringes and needles, lancets, scalpels, infusion needle sets, connection needles, auto injectors), as defined in the Occupational Safety and …

COVID Vaccine Administration Errors

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In an article published by Medscape in collaboration with the CDC, it identified that proper vaccine administration is necessary to ensure vaccine effectiveness, achieve optimal vaccine-induced protection, avoid safety implications, and assure confidence in the COVID-19 vaccination program. Since the launch of vaccination efforts on December 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received more than …

8 Principles of COVID-19 Vaccine Communications

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In the “Guide to COVID-19 Vaccine Communications, A Practitioner’s Guide to the Principles of COVID-19 Vaccine Communications, Ann Christiano and Jack Barry from the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida share 8 Principles of COVID-19 Vaccine Communications. The introduction video provides an overview and the eight short videos discuss each principle. Created in partnership with Purpose …