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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update

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08/17/2021

Congress

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended proxy voting for House Members through October 1st

White House and Federal Agencies

  • CMS announced it will cover the newly approved third COVID-19 vaccine dose for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced he will require the HHS healthcare workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • The CDC is recommending a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people with immunocompromising conditions. The agency says people with the following conditions should take a third dose:
    • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
    • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet on August 24th to discuss booster doses for the general population.
  • Research shows the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death for the delta variant.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased in many parts of the country due to the delta variant.
  • NIH Director Francis Collins said we have not yet reached a peak as delta variant cases continue to increase.
  • The CDC strengthened its recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.
  • This article helps explain the delta variant and how the vaccines work against COVID-19.

 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates