Cancer Guidelines Organization Supports Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Workers

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory Committee calls for healthcare workforce vaccine requirements to assure healthcare community is doing all it can to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Say Preoperative Testing for COVID-19 is Essential, Regardless of Vaccination

All patients undergoing non-emergency surgeries or procedures should continue to have preoperative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for SARS-CoV-2, irrespective of vaccination status, according to an updated guidance from the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.

The Future of Masking Post-Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is your best defense against the virus, but when and where should you continue to wear a mask? Rush infectious disease expert Michael Lin, MD, answers questions about wearing a mask post-vaccination.

FSMB: Spreading COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation May Put Medical License at Risk

The Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors released statement in response to a dramatic increase in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation by physicians and other health care professionals on social media platforms, online and in the media.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Strongly Encourages all Health Care Personnel to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Amid the new surge of COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and eight professional societies associated with the specialty, are strongly encouraging the nation’s health care workers and all eligible Americans to get fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines. ASA and the associated societies remind the public that widespread vaccination is the most effective way to reduce illness and death.

Reported cases of myocarditis in younger men following COVID-19 vaccination are rare; vaccination remains important

Mayo Clinic researchers are taking a close look at rare cases of inflammation of the heart muscle, or myocarditis, in young men who developed symptoms shortly after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines. Several recent studies suggest that health care professionals should watch for hypersensitivity myocarditis as a rare adverse reaction to being vaccinated for COVID-19. However, researchers stress that this awareness should not diminish overall confidence in vaccination during the current pandemic.

Study on Green Kiwifruit to Treat Chronic Constipation and New ACG Clinical Guidelines on C. difficile Infection Featured in the June Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology

The June issue of AJG includes articles on the effectiveness of OTC therapies and green kiwifruit as a dietary therapy for chronic constipation, as well as new ACG Guidelines on the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of C. difficile infections, and more.

Survey: Despite Similar Levels of Vaccine Hesitancy, White People More Likely to Be Vaccinated Than Black People

White people are more likely to have been vaccinated than Black people despite similar levels of vaccine hesitancy, or saying they are very unlikely to get a vaccine. Therefore, access to vaccines and other factors could be limiting vaccination efforts, according to a new, nationally representative study from the Tufts University Research Group on Equity in Health, Wealth and Civic Engagement.

Mayo Clinic adds state-by-state vaccination rates, national trends to COVID-19 Resource Center

Mayo Clinic data scientists have added a vaccination tracker to Mayo’s COVID-19 Resource Center, with state-by-state data and trends, so users can follow the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in all 50 states, compare progress on one- and two-shot vaccinations, and receive Mayo Clinic guidance on what the trends mean for summer travel and keeping your family safe.

Rutgers Expert Addresses Questions on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout and Variant Issues

Stanley H. Weiss, an epidemiologist in infectious and chronic diseases, and a professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Rutgers School of Public Health, talks about vaccine side effects, the hesitancy that still exists and why it is important to get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

Rutgers Public Health Expert Available to Comment on the CDC’s New Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccinated People

Vince Silenzio, professor in the department of urban-global public health at the Rutgers School of Public Health is available to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance to Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  “If you needed any more reasons…

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY LEADS EFFORTS TO ADVANCE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF COVID-19 VACCINES TO DIALYSIS PATIENTS

Washington, DC (February 25, 2021) —The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is spearheading efforts to secure direct federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to dialysis patients and frontline dialysis workers. This allocation would improve access for a vulnerable patient population, more than half of whom are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders (NHPIs).

OADN and the ACEN Coordinate Efforts to Support Nursing Education’s Role in Vaccine Strategy

The ACEN and OADN strongly encourage nursing programs to actively identify how they can support vaccine delivery in their communities. For full engagement in the vaccine effort, our organizations urge nursing students and faculty to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them.

COVID-19 Vaccine Expert Available: Why You Should Sign up for Your Shot

The images are popping up on our social media feeds: pictures of friends, coworkers, and family members proudly displaying their COVID-19 vaccine card. One might have received Pfizer’s version. Another might have posted a celebratory confirmation of Moderna’s vaccine. It’s…

NCCN Shares New Guidance Principles for Vaccinating People with Cancer Against COVID-19

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network put out new guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations in people with cancer, based on available evidence plus consensus from top hematology and oncology experts with particular expertise in infectious diseases, vaccine development and delivery, and medical ethics.

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center Administers Frist COVID-19 Vaccine to Team Members

Today, Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center began administering the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to frontline team members. Mountainside Medical Center will administer 975 vaccinations from the first shipment of vaccines delivered to the hospital. Steven Sokolowski, Respiratory Therapist marked the historic occasion by receiving the first dose.

Testing Wastewater for COVID-19

UNLV researcher Edwin Oh and colleagues have implemented wastewater surveillance programs to screen samples for the presence of COVID-19 and to extract the RNA from the SARS-COV-2 virus to find targets that make vaccines more effective.