CDC Looks to Help Primary Care Deliver COVID Vaccines

The White House and CDC are looking to help states better incorporate primary care into their COVID-19 vaccination strategy. They have launched a three-pronged effort that includes:

Public Health Emergency Extended

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra recently renewed the country’s public health emergency that was set to expire April 21. The declaration extends the PHE another 90 days through July 21, 2021. The COVID-19-related emergency was first declared on January 27, 2020. It allows for a number of flexibilities for how and by whom health care may be delivered.

COVID-19’s Continued Inequities; HHS Bolsters Community-Based Care

COVID-19 continues to take a disproportionate toll on communities of color. A recent study found that Black women are three times more likely than White men to die from COVID-19.

COVID Vaccines More Available, but Mostly Not in Doctors' Offices

Maryland one of few states with a distribution program

Even as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines continues to increase, many doctors clamoring to distribute the vaccine directly to their patients are finding their requests go unheeded, experts say.


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Joyce Frieden

New white paper: 'The Impact of COVID-19 on mental well-being in the U.S.'

Results of an Aetna Mental Health Pulse Survey conducted in late January 2021

The country may be at a mental health breaking point.

COVID-19 has exacerbated mental health issues in the U.S. at an astonishing rate, with a swell of stress and anxiety that has consistently worsened since spring 2020. Aside from fear of catching and spreading the virus, extreme isolation from friends and family, mass job loss, an unstable economy, and widespread social and political tensions have all contributed to a mental health crisis in this country like no other.

States have a new Covid problem: Too much vaccine

Millions of Americans are still getting shots each day — but, in a jarring twist after months of scarcity, too many slots remain open as skeptics hold out.

The supply of Covid vaccines is now exceeding demand in rural areas and big cities, even as states lift remaining eligibility restrictions, open walk-in clinics and even offer shots to out-of-state residents.

It's a jarring twist after months during which vaccine-seekers crashed appointment websites seeking shots and stalked pharmacy counters hoping to snag leftover doses. And it’s a problem that state and federal officials are rushing to address with only limited success...

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Primary Care Administering More Vaccines as Mass Immunizations Accelerate

Yet Clinicians Say Their Mental Exhaustion Levels Are at All-Time High
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Survey Reveals the Serious Mental Health Challenges Facing Frontline Healthcare Workers a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

8 in 10 Say Potentially Being Exposed to COVID-19 at Work and Putting Family Members at Risk are Sources of Stress

About 1 in 6 Tested Positive for COVID-19, though Few Experienced Major Symptoms; Those Working in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities Most Likely to Report Testing Positive

Opinion: Telemedicine doesn’t need to fade away after the pandemic

The coronavirus moved us toward a model of health care that works for many people. We shouldn’t go backward.

This past year, telemedicine has been a critical alternative to in-person visits. They’ve helped doctors like me stay connected to patients, a lifeline for some. Many patients, particularly those with mental health struggles, have told me how much easier it is to see me from home, avoiding the hassle of traveling to “see me” in person. Other doctors — psychiatrists, sleep specialists, neurologists, and dermatologists –—have told me similar stories and use telemedicine to manage many conditions remotely, providing needed access for many and sorting out who should be seen in person.

News Author: 
Krisda H. Chaiyachati

Cancer, Patients Feel the Effects of Treatment Delays

With medical visits picking up again among patients vaccinated against covid-19, health providers are starting to see the consequences of a year of pandemic-delayed preventive and emergency care as they find more advanced cancer and rotting and damaged teeth, among other ailments.

Watch the recording of PCC's webinar (March 2021) on this topic.

News Author: 
Bruce Alpert


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