Covid cases were already falling in children BEFORE half-term
EXCLUSIVE: Department of Health data suggests Covid cases in 5 to 19-year-olds in England peaked on Tuesday before schools broke up for half-term. Scientists said it was possible. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK's daily Covid cases drop for FOURTH day in a row: Infections fall 11% in a week to 43,941
Department of Health bosses posted another 43,941 new infections today, down 10.6 per cent on last week's total of 49,139. But the number of people dying with Covid has continued to increase. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 UK: Top Government adviser hints No10 could drop mass testing from January
Professor Lucy Chappell, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, said the Government was committed to its mass testing programme until at least January. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Citing misinfo, North Dakota health agency cuts out comments
The North Dakota Department of Health has switched off comments on its social media accounts in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation, mostly about the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Africa: In-Depth - Millions Spent On Security At Gauteng Health Facilities but Concerns Remain
[spotlight] The Gauteng Department of Health annually spends millions on security at its health facilities based on contracts that expired in 2016 and that since have been extended from month to month. Yet, theft, vandalism, and reports of healthcare workers held at gunpoint and who work in fear continue. Despite this, the department insists that spending on security is not wasteful and "the business case for security remains robust". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 26, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HHS: Request for Information and Notice of Listening Session on Efforts To Advance Health Equity Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Populations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking information by November 19, 2021 on a set of questions related to health disparities among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. A listening session will be held on November 2, 2021, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. to hear from NHPI communities, NHPI-serving organizations, and other interested parties regarding efforts of the new Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (Center). The Center will support research, education, service, and policy development efforts related to advancing In digenous soluti...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Consultation on extending free PPE to the health and care sector
The Department of Health and Social Care is considering an extension of the central and free provision of personal protective equipment. Final chance to get involved in the consultation. Consultation closes on 31 October 2021. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health department takes over Minneapolis nursing home, citing unpaid bills for oxygen, medication
The Minnesota Department of Health has taken control of a Minneapolis nursing home to ensure its residents are cared for while operations and management issues at the facility are addressed, according to a press release issued by the department Monday. A Ramsey County judge granted the MDH control of Twin City Gardens Nursing Home after its surveyors found evidence of payroll checks being returned with insufficient funds, along with unpaid bills for oxygen, insurance and medications. The state… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carter Jones Source Type: news

Paying people £20 to get vaccinated works, study finds amid calls to get 5m unjabbed Brits protected
Researchers at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services found the payments encouraged more low-income and old people to show up at vaccination hubs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK's daily Covid cases FALL for second day in a row to 45,113 and deaths drop 16%
The Department of Health reported 36,657 new cases across Britain in the past 24 hours, down a quarter on the figure last week and the second day in a row there has been a week-on-week drop. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK daily Covid hospitalisations hit 1,000 for first time in six weeks
Department of Health bosses also posted another 49,298 infections, after cases jumped a tenth in a week to the brink of 50,000, and 180 deaths, a rise of almost a quarter in a week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster Doses
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’s (CDC) recommendation that certain populations who have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine, and that individuals age 18 and older who recei ved the J& J COVID-19 vaccine receive a booster dose at least two months after their...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Australian mandatory mask propagandists EXPOSED in major medical journal
(Natural News) Following in the footsteps of communist China, the Australian government adopted some of the most totalitarian approaches to “public health” – threatening human rights and experimenting on populations through coercion and force. Back in July of 2020, the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services ordered all residents to wear face masks outside... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. CDC Advisory Committee Unanimously Recommends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine as a Booster for All Eligible Individuals Who Receive Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 21, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (the Company) today announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), has recommended its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for all eligible individuals who receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine. “Today’s recommendation supports the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for eligible individuals in the U.S. regardless of which vaccine they initially receive,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientif...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hawaii readies for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 with federal approval
The Hawaii Department of Health today said it is already planning for the likely administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to keiki ages 5... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HHS: Nominations to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is seeking nominations for membership on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention and care of HIV infection and AIDS. Nominations are due by January 3, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

UK's Covid cases spike by another 15% in a week to brink of 50,000
The Department of Health's daily update showed there were 49,139 positive tests across the country in the last 24 hours, up by 15 per cent on the previous week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Schools and Pediatricians Will Be Key to Biden ’s Childhood Vaccine Rollout
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 ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

South Africa: Children Between 12 and 17 to Get Their Jab Today
[SAnews.gov.za] The registration and the vaccination of children aged 12 and older is officially open from today, the Department of Health said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Repeal of HHS Rules on Guidance, Enforcement, and Adjudication Procedures
Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposing to repeal theDecember 7, 2020, final rule titled "Department of Health and Human Services Good Guidance Practices" and theJanuary 14, 2021, final rule titled "Department of Health and Human Services Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement Actions." Comments are due by November 19, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare receives federal grant to improve access to COVID-19 vaccine
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare received a $1 million federal grant to increase information around — and access to — the COVID-19 vaccine in underserved communities across Memphis, Shelby County, and West Tennessee.  In July, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $121 million in funding to support community- based efforts to increase vaccinations among medically underserved communities. Out the 127 grantees from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Aishwarya Airy Source Type: news

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare receives federal grant to improve access to COVID-19 vaccine
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare received a $1 million federal grant to increase information around — and access to — the COVID-19 vaccine in underserved communities across Memphis, Shelby County, and West Tennessee.  In July, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $121 million in funding to support community- based efforts to increase vaccinations among medically underserved communities. Out the 127 grantees from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 20, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Aishwarya Airy Source Type: news

Additional flu vaccine
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has secured additional flu vaccine to support delivery of this year ’s seasonal flu vaccination programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK's daily Covid deaths hit SEVEN-MONTH high of 223 while cases jump 13% in a week to 43,738
Department of Health bosses posted 223 fatalities today, up 23.2 per cent on last Tuesday's figure of 181. It was the highest victim count since March 9, when 231 people died with the virus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Huge increase in staff at DHSC and NHS England
The Department of Health and Social Care has more than doubled its staff over the past 18 months, alongside large increases at NHS England and Public Health England. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PNA guidance for local authority health and wellbeing boards
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance on pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK's Covid cases rise by 8% in a week to 44,932 and hospitalisations tick upwards
Department of Health bosses posted 44,932 new infections, a spike of eight per cent on last Friday's total of 41,765. It was the tenth day in a row daily cases increased week-on-week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health services data dashboards for reporting to Australian governments during COVID-19 - Shelly S, Lodge E, Heyman C, Summers F, Young A, Brew J, James M.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been providing support to the Australian Government Department of Health to report on mental health-related data to Australian governments on a frequent basis since April 2020 in the form of COVID-1... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The King's Fund responds to the Department of Health and Social Care announcement to improve access to general practice
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - October 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: kf_admin Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on October 28, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to present and vote on the Task Force Final Report with recommended Implementation Plan and Accountability Plan for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future. The confirm ed time and agenda will be published on theCOVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Okays Pilot to Mandate Coverage of Gender-Affirming Care HHS Okays Pilot to Mandate Coverage of Gender-Affirming Care
The US Department of Health and Human Services has approved Colorado's request to require some private insurers in the state to cover gender-affirming care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Greenville County Schools announces change to student quarantine guidelines
Greenville County Schools announced Wednesday that the Department of Health and Environmental Control has altered its definition of... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: All Your Questions About the Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate Answered
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Health has started issuing out the country's COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate to fully vaccinated adults. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 13, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

DHS Announces Multiple Funding Opportunities to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced funds will be made available to promote racial and geographic equity in theCOVID-19 response. DHS was awarded $27 million by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat inequities related to COVID-19 infection, illness, and death, including $9 million dedicated to rural communities. In a separate appropriation, an additional $13 million in funding has been set aside to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 13, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Florida fines county $3.5M for violating vaccine mandate ban
The Florida Department of Health issued its first fine to a county that allegedly violated the state’s ban on vaccine mandates, the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public consultation on extending free PPE to the health and care sector
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a public consultation on extending free PPE to the health and care sector beyond 31 March 2022. The consultation will close on the 31 October 2021. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 13, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Florida Fines Key County $3.5 Million for Mandating Vaccines Florida Fines Key County $3.5 Million for Mandating Vaccines
The Florida Department of Health issued the fine for Leon County, saying the municipality violated Florida's"vaccine passport" law.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - October 12, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

UK's daily Covid cases jump by 14% on last week to 38,520
Department of Health bosses posted 38,520 cases today, up 13.7 per cent on the 33,869 recorded last Tuesday. Infections have risen week-on-week every day since this time last week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Britain's daily Covid cases jump by 15% in a week as outbreak continues to grow
Department of Health figures showed 40,224 Covid cases were recorded today, which was up 15 per cent on the same time last week. It marks the sixth day in a row they have risen. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Average GP is now working a three-day week - with one for every 2,000 patients
Research commissioned by the Department of Health show that GPs carried out just 6.6 half-day sessions a week - the equivalent of just over three days - in 2019, the lowest on record. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Department of Health releases data on breakthrough COVID-19 cases
Officials say the data shows that the vaccines continue to save lives and keep more people out of the hospital. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Pennsylvania says about the vaccinated, unvaccinated and Covid
The unvaccinated or not-fully-vaccinated account for 91% of the state's 771,734 Covid-19 cases between Jan. 1 and Oct. 4 and 93% of the 44,095 hospitalizations during that time, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

What Pennsylvania says about the vaccinated, unvaccinated and Covid
The unvaccinated or not-fully-vaccinated account for 91% of the state's 771,734 Covid-19 cases between Jan. 1 and Oct. 4 and 93% of the 44,095 hospitalizations during that time, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise among vaccinated in Pa
The latest Department of Health statistics on so-called “breakthrough” infections show that between Sept. 5 and Oct. 4, vaccinated... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DHS Provides Update on Measles Cases in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Monroe County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 22 cases ofmeasles in Wisconsin. Cases have occurred among people currently living at Fort McCoy in Monroe County with recent history of travel from Afghanistan as part of the United States government ’s emergency evacuation efforts. There are currently zero known, active measles cases at Fort...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 8, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

UK's daily Covid cases rise just 1% in a week and deaths flatline
Department of Health bosses posted 36,060 new coronavirus infections, up 1.4 per cent on last Friday's figure of 35,577. It was the third day in a row daily Covid cases have climbed week-on-week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Intricon's over-the-counter hearing aids get a boost from Biden order
Intricon Corp. has been waiting years for regulations around hearing aids to change. In 2017, the federal Hearing Aid Act was passed to allow companies to sell hearing aids over the counter. However, little progress was made on the legislation until President Joe Biden signed an executive order in July directing the Department of Health and Human Services to issue proposed rules f or OTC hearing aids by mid-November. The act, and its eventual implementation, represents a huge opportunity for Arden… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carter Jones Source Type: news

South Africa: UK Will Accept South African Digital Vaccine Passport, Health Minister Announces
[Daily Maverick] The Department of Health launches proof of vaccination passport for South African travellers, regarded as the first phase in developing a secure digital vaccine certificate for all South Africans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

FCC: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between the Federal Communications Commission and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to Lifeline and the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). The EBBP was created specifically to assist American families' access to broadband during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments are due by November 8, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DHS to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Relaunches Community Testing Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today the relaunch of the Testing Pilot Program, now referred to as theCommunity Testing Support Program, to support entities across Wisconsin in offering local, convenient COVID-19 testing. This program will provide approved applicants with free testing supplies and courier services through contracted vendors, as well as reimbursement for specimen collection. “Easy access to COVID-19 testing in all...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 7, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news