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News by Topic: Vaccination

May 13, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the infection control requirements the long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This interim final rule aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections by requiring COVID-19 vaccine education for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to all residents, clients, and staff when available. This interim final rule also requires LTC facilities to report the COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and staff to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This rule is effective May 21, 2021. Comments are due by June 12, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers including workers in the food sector. Actions include using a data-driven approach to target key regions, utilization of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and partnering with jurisdictions to reach migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with $9.95 million to support rural COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Funding will be used by Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunizations and education to the communities they serve.
Source: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
May 10, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 6, 2021 - Discusses the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program that provides extension agencies with grants to promote COVID-19 vaccination information in rural areas. Highlights the Purdue Extension office in Indiana which focuses on providing vaccine information to its Latino community, and the Primary Health Network in Pennsylvania which focuses on addressing vaccine hesitancy and building trust.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 5, 2021 - Describes ongoing challenges faced by community pharmacies, including those serving rural areas, that have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shares examples of how some rural community pharmacies are trying to adapt and stay in operation.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 4, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the first of two grant opportunities, totaling $250 million, to develop and support a community-based workforce consisting of community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others that will lend their trusted voices to share and promote vaccine information. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase COVID-19 confidence and address barriers to vaccination for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved areas. A second opportunity will be released soon and will focus on smaller community-based organizations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 4, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of nearly $1 billion to strengthen the COVID-19 response in rural communities. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase the number of vaccines sent to rural communities, expand COVID-19 testing and prevention services, and increase vaccine confidence by empowering local, trusted voices to assist with vaccine outreach and promotion efforts.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 4, 2021 - Discusses the Biden Administration's next steps in their vaccination campaign that includes enrolling family medicine physicians, pediatricians, and others to be able to give COVID-19 vaccines. Provider enrollment priority is based on the social vulnerability index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shares the results of a survey of rural hospital executives on COVID-19 vaccination rates among healthcare workers. Includes profiles of two rural hospitals, one with more success getting staff vaccinated than the other.
Source: NPR
May 3, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched the COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF), a new program to cover costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines for patients enrolled in health plans that do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing. The CAF will compensate providers for eligible claims at national Medicare rates.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services