Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How will you be told when it's your turn for a COVID-19 vaccine?; CDC Issues New Guidance About COVID-19 Vaccinations For People With Pre-Existing Health Conditions, and other C-Virus Updates

How will you be told when it's your turn for a COVID-19 vaccine? It's complicated:
Will you get a text from your doctor? Will you read about it online? Or will you have to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to know when it's your turn in line?
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out to limited groups of people across the United States, how people learn they are eligible to get their shots won't be as clear while supplies remain limited, according to public health and policy experts and state vaccination plans.
"I think it's going to be a little bit murky," said Katie Greene, a visiting policy associate at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.
"I wouldn't be surprised if thousands of individuals get left out because of the information gap," said Tinglong Dai, a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School professor who studies operations management and business analytics in health care.
Vaccine rollout has largely been left to the states, and with an "isolated and decentralized health system" in the U.S., as Dai put it, people may not know when they're eligible to get their vaccine. And they may have to be proactive in finding where they can get one and in proving that they meet the criteria to be next in line. --->READ MORE HERE
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CDC Issues New Guidance About COVID-19 Vaccinations For People With Pre-Existing Health Conditions:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance that says people with pre-existing conditions can still receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
But the guidance warns that “adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.”
The CDC says the vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.”
The CDC offers guidance for people who have weakened immune systems, autoimmune conditions, and for people who have Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell’s palsy.
“People with HIV and those with weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or medication might be at increased risk for severe COVID-19. They may receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, they should be aware of the limited safety data: --->READ MORE HERE
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