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Updated Guidance: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance for COVID-19 vaccination. To view all updates, please visit the CDC webpage for Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States.
Web link    Date Added: 05/22/2022    Date Last Modified: May 20 2022 7:31PM  
CDC Updates its Summary of Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its summary document for interim clinical considerations for use of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized or approved in the United States.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 3 2022 12:24PM  
CDC COVID-19 Interim Clinical Guidelines and Handouts
View this webpage on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website to download the latest handouts listing clinical considerations and guidance for administering the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible populations, as well as guidance for what to do - and how to avoid - vaccination administration errors.
Web link    Date Added: 03/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 3 2022 12:46PM  
COVID-19 by County Check
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new online checker to allow anyone to check the presence and level of transmissibility of COVID-19 in a specific county.
Web link    Date Added: 02/28/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 28 2022 6:41PM  
Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Handout
Download this one-page handout the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed and hang it in your office to help encourage staff and patients or residents to get their COVID-19 booster shot.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/24/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 24 2022 4:15PM  
COVID-19 Infographic: Who Gets Sick and Dies?
This infographic shows current COVID-19 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/16/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 16 2022 2:58PM  
Fuel Versus Friction Tip Sheet
This communication tool offers fuel-based interventions intended to increase vaccine uptake and friction-based interventions that respond to hidden barriers that hold people back from vaccination.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/16/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 16 2022 2:56PM  
Dashboard of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Vaccination Status in Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services has created new interactive data dashboards to help increase awareness about the need for everyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 02/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 9 2022 12:39PM  
COVID-19 Vaccination Reports and Charts from Mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health lists the latest information about COVID-19 vaccinations.
Web link    Date Added: 02/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 9 2022 12:55PM  
Study Says Vaccinated and Boosted Nebraskans Far Less Likely to be Hospitalized for COVID-19
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services State Epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Donahue and his team completed an in-depth analysis of vaccination and booster rates correlated to hospitalizations. The data indicate that individuals who are vaccinated, and especially individuals who have received a COVID-19 booster, are less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 01/25/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 25 2022 6:26PM  
CDC: COVID-19 Boosters
Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, and when should they get one? View this quick breakdown from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more.
Web link    Date Added: 01/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 10 2022 3:50PM  
Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that insurance companies and group health plans will be required to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests beginning Jan. 15, 2022.
Web link    Date Added: 01/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 10 2022 3:53PM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Booster Update
Listen to this podcast from the week of Nov. 1, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, to learn who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot and which booster shot individuals can get.
Podcast    Date Added: 11/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2021 4:00PM  
Podcast: Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine
Listen to this podcast from the week of Nov. 1, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, as he discusses the science and studies leading to the emergency authorization use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 years old.
Podcast    Date Added: 11/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Nov 11 2021 1:08PM  
FDA: Multilingual COVID-19 Resources
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created fact sheets in multiple languages for patients that provide more information about the three different COVID-19 vaccines that are administered in the United States.
Web link    Date Added: 09/30/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 28 2021 6:04PM  
Ask An Expert Video: What Should People with Chronic Conditions Know About COVID-19 Vaccines?
Watch and share this video with patients and loved ones who have chronic health conditions to educate them on why getting the COVID-19 vaccine is so important.
Video    Date Added: 09/19/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 17 2021 6:26PM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Variants
Listen to this podcast from the week of Aug. 30, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute. Dr. Kohl explains what viral variants are, how they respond to vaccines, and why getting vaccinated and wearing masks are both still important protective measures to follow to help protect yourself and others from being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/31/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 31 2021 5:57PM  
Podcast: The FDA Approval Process for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Listen to this podcast from the week of Aug. 30, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute. Dr. Kohl explains the process the drug manufacturer, Pfizer/BioNTech, followed to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2021 for its COVID-19 vaccine.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/30/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 31 2021 6:08PM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Update
Listen to this recording from the week of Aug. 16, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute. Dr. Kohl gives an update on what states in the TMF region have experiened with the surge of the delta variant, the status of COVID-19 vaccinations, deaths and a look at vaccination rates among medical personnel in nursing homes.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/23/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2021 8:36AM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Booster
Listen to this recording from the week of Aug. 16, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, to learn what has changed with the COVID-19 vaccine and why booster shots are now being recommended.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/23/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2021 8:36AM  
CMS will Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Nursing Home Staff
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is developing an emergency regulation requiring staff COVID-19 vaccinations within the nation’s more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes.
Web link    Date Added: 08/18/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 18 2021 4:42PM  
COVID-19 Vaccines Additional Doses: Codes & Payment
The Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow for an additional dose in certain immunocompromised people.
Web link    Date Added: 08/16/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 16 2021 5:10PM  
COVID-19 Update: The Delta Variant
Read this update on COVID-19 and the delta variant from Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, and Clifford Moy, MD, behavioral health medical director at TMF Health Quality Institute. Share this information with your patients, residents, co-workers, families, friends and your community to help educate everyone on what they can do to reduce infections and hospitalizations.
Web link    Date Added: 08/16/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 16 2021 2:24PM  
Confront Health Misinformation: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on Building a Healthy Information Environment
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, has issued the first Surgeon General's Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation during the COVID-19 vaccination push.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/19/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 19 2021 5:31PM  
Vaccine Equity and Trust Podcast
Listen to this podcast from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to hear two interviews with experts whose work straddles the lines between medicine, community outreach and health communications. Learn about initiatives in Central Texas that are helping to educate people about the COVID-19 vaccines and gain their trust.
Podcast    Date Added: 07/06/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 6 2021 11:38AM  
The Conservation: Between Us, About Us
Part of a campaign from the Kaiser Family Foundation's Greater than COVID and the Black Coalition Against COVID, this video is designed to dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the vaccine from Black health care workers.
Web link    Date Added: 04/29/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2021 12:23PM  
Minority Health Videos About Vaccine Safety
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has released two videos that speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and how it is important to get vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
Video    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:30PM  
CMS Issues News Release Regarding Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Reimbursement Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance removing barriers to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations, and strengthening requirements that plans and issuers cover diagnostic testing without cost sharing.
Web link    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:41PM  
CDC: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
View this webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that clarifies myths about COVID-19, including if you still need to wear a mask after getting vaccinated. Spoiler alert: Yes, you do.
Web link    Date Added: 02/05/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 19 2021 5:34PM  
CDC Guidance and Information Related to the COVID-19 Vaccines
What do you need to know to get a COVID-19 vaccine? View this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for answers to your questions about the vaccine, including where to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 01/31/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 19 2021 5:35PM