Nov 22, 2022 - Highlights the recognition of the Cherokee Nation with the Indian Health Service's Pandemic Heroism Award and the Director's Customer Service Award for efforts related to COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination. Describes the work of the Cherokee Nation's COVID-19 Task Force and other pandemic-related initiatives.
Nov 22, 2022 - Announces $350 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccination services in underserved communities through HRSA-supported health centers. Describes the aims of the initiative to provide mobile, drive-up, walk-up, and community-based vaccination events, as well as the role of health centers in providing access to healthcare for underserved and rural populations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 17, 2022 - Highlights the efforts of a Texas A&M University researcher to develop training resources on COVID-19 mitigation for dairy producers and workers and administer on-farm mobile vaccine clinics. Describes the development of the initiative and partnerships with the Texas Department of Public Health.
Source: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Nov 10, 2022 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions include new questions on changes in travel and spending due to increasing prices, school meals, displacement due to natural disaster, receipt/loss of Medicaid coverage, and a question that asks certain respondents if they are not working due to coronavirus, natural disaster, or another reason. The Census Bureau is also proposing modifications to questions related to vaccine boosters, children's vaccine booster, infant formula, reasons not working, and inflation items. Several questions will be removed for Phase 3.7, including replaced children's vaccine booster items, and questions about educational catch-up activities and the receipt of antiviral/antibody treatments. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 26, 2022 - Describes challenges facing rural Nevada public health efforts in response to monkeypox and other public health threats. Discusses gaps in access to monkeypox vaccination, efforts by state and local leaders and rural LGBTQ+ community members to distribute information, and workforce issues affecting rural public health agencies in the state.
Source: The Daily Yonder and Kaiser Health News
Oct 14, 2022 - Highlights research finding that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders have the highest rates of pneumococcal vaccination at 47% compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Describes disparities in pneumonia among AI/AN populations and the role in vaccinations in decreasing risk of death from pneumonia for AI/AN elders.
Oct 7, 2022 - Describes efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Healthy Trucking to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates by providing a vaccination tent in November at the Arizona NASCAR Cup Series, usually attended by about 100,000 people.
Source: STAT News
Oct 3, 2022 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the declaration amended and republished effective January 1, 2016, for Smallpox countermeasures and countermeasures against other orthopoxviruses. This amendment expands the categories of providers authorized to administer vaccines and therapeutics against smallpox, monkeypox virus, and other orthopoxviruses in a declared emergency, and extends the duration of the declaration. This amendment is effective September 28, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2022 - Reports on COVID-19 booster vaccine data in rural counties, noting variation from state to state but that overall roughly 1/3 of rural Americans have received at least one booster. Discusses factors that impact booster vaccination rates, including access to services in areas of high poverty, and overlapping health and vaccination disparities.
Source: The Daily Yonder