Vaccine boosters for more people are on the horizon. But the unvaccinated remain the biggest obstacle to curbing the pandemic

While more people are likely to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, the most glaring issue prolonging the pandemic is the...
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The White House outlined its COVID-19 plan to vaccinate younger children which would focus on smaller doses administered with smaller needles if the shots are authorized by regulators. “We will be ready to get shots in arms,” President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Jeff Zients, said Wednesday during a White House briefing on the plan, which includes supporting vaccination by primary care doctors and in pharmacies and schools. The U.S. has ordered enough supply to vaccinate all kids 5 to 11, the White House said in a statement Wednesday. The vaccination campaign for kids would differ from the ...
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New York City will mandate Covid-19 vaccination for all city workers, eliminating a testing option. Starting Wednesday, all employees who get their first shot at a city-run site will receive an extra $500 in their paycheck. The benefit will end on Oct. 29, the deadline for employees to submit proof of at least one dose, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. Employees not vaccinated by then will be placed on unpaid leave, the mayor said. The city will immediately begin “impact bargaining” with affected unions, according to the statement. The mandate will immediately apply to about 160,500 workers, of which 7...
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A report from lawmakers initially said Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with mass homicide and genocide, accusing him of letting Covid-19 spread in a failed bid for herd immunity.
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ConclusionsOur results showed that surveillance is a critical component of providing safe healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic, also after extended vaccination campaigns, thus enhancing the protection of patients and HCWs.Key messagesAll healthcare facilities should implement continuous post-vaccination surveillance programs in order to ensure patients and healthcare workers safety, and limit in-hospital transmission of SARS-CoV-2.Longer field follow-ups are indispensable to investigate immunogenicity trends and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines over time, and to consider booster doses, especially in high-risk population.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusionstreatment need and inequality in service provision can be addressed with a spreadsheet model by including pandemic preparedness measures.Key messagesHaemodialysis patients had a very high COVID-19 incidence and CFR during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic when compared with the incidence in the general population.Pandemic preparedness must include protection measures for patients with chronic diseases. Renal patients are particularly vulnerable given their co-morbidity.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract Healthcare workers (HCWs) are on the frontline fight against the ongoing pandemic with an increased risk of infection from COVID-19. As of December 27, 2020, approximately 89,879 COVID-19 cases had been reported among HCWs in Italy. Vaccination plans recommend that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to HCWs because their early protection is crucial to preserve capacity to care for patients. The aim of this study is threefold: to investigate the factors influencing the likelihood towards vaccination, to estimate the vaccine efficacy (VE) in a hospital setting and to assess the frequency of adver...
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AbstractBackgroundThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world causing serious morbidity and mortality. healthcare professionals (HCP) are on the front line in the face of this pandemic and are identified as priorities for COVID-19 vaccination. The aim of this study was to evaluate the acceptability rate of the COVID-19 vaccination among HCP and to identify their predisposing factors.MethodsThis was a cross-sectional study using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire including a randomized sample of (HCP) at the university hospitals of Southern Tunisia on April 2021.ResultsOverall, 223 cases were fe...
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ConclusionsGerman hospitals have stepped up efforts to protect health workers primarily through comprehensive surveillance and personal protection including vaccination. Our findings reveal capacity for innovation in the management of protection especially in two areas: improving the skill-mix and leadership of surveillance teams, and strengthening the role of hospital hygienists in surveillance.Key messagesThe building of interdisciplinary hospital surveillance teams plays an important role in innovating surveillance and strengthening protection.The skill-mix and leadership of the surveillance teams need further research ...
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AbstractBackgroundThe shortage of doctors in postwar Okinawa has led to the creation of co-medicals. They were called medical service personnel and authorized to handle certain medical treatments. This included tasks such as providing injections and vaccinations under the supervision of the doctor in the health center.Issue/problemThe system of co-medicals only applied in Okinawa and not in Japan. As such, when Okinawa was reverted back to Japan in 1972, it was proposed to abolish the system. In the current emergency of the new coronavirus pandemic, we are facing a similar situation in terms of the shortage of medical pers...
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