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Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a Covid-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it “unlikely” that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season.
The following are a collection of federal resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read On
ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS: DON’T FEAR DOCTOR’S OFFICE; GET CHILDREN VACCINATED ON SCHEDULE TO PROTECT THEIR HEALTH
Representatives Mosquera, Swain, Conaway & Jimenez Urge Parents to Take Children to Doctor’s Offices with Safety Protocols in Place for Important Childhood Vaccinations
(TRENTON) – In response to pediatricians and the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) reporting a drastic decline in the number of children receiving their vaccinations on schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Women and Children Commitee, Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester) and Lisa Swain (D-Bergen, Passaic), along with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) and Angelica Jimenez (D-Bergen, Hudson), released the following joint statement:
“In addition to the coronavirus itself, this pandemic has posed another danger to the health and well-being of New Jersey children. Many parents who are understandably worried about their children contracting the virus have avoided taking their kids to the doctor’s office these past few months.
“While it was and still is important for residents to social distance as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, receiving medical care has always been an essential need.
“Not only are parents allowed to leave the house to seek medical care for their children, but they are strongly encouraged to do so if that care cannot be provided through the use of telehealth. Vaccines are not something that can be administered remotely.
“We encourage parents not to fear the doctor’s office right now. Many have put protocols in place to help prevent uninfected children from contracting COVID-19 during their visit. Whether they stagger scheduling so fewer patients are in the office at any given time or even provide care outdoors, there are ways to limit the spread of the virus while still helping children.
“This pandemic has truly highlighted just how important vaccinations are. Though we haven’t yet developed a vaccine for COVID-19, access to one would have saved countless lives.
“What we do have are vaccines for other dangerous illnesses such as measles, meningitis and polio that children need to receive in order to be protected from serious health consequences.
“It’s important for both the well-being of your own child and other children in the community to make sure kids are getting their vaccinations on schedule – especially as daycare centers and camps prepare to reopen. We urge every parent who hasn’t already done so to get in touch with your doctor about how and when to proceed with your child’s vaccinations as soon as possible.”
Public Health Reminder
Healthcare facilities and clinicians should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks. The following actions can preserve staff, personal protective equipment, and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand available hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Delay all elective ambulatory provider visits
- Reschedule elective and non-urgent admissions
- Delay inpatient and outpatient elective surgical and procedural cases
- Postpone routine dental and eyecare visits
Tools and resourcesexternal icon exist as part of healthcare system preparedness plans and are often referred to as Pandemic Plans. Consult your state or local health department about specific plans for your community. More
Let us pray, now, for science. Pray for empiricism and for epidemiology and for vaccines. Pray for peer review and controlled double-blinds. For flu shots, herd immunity and washing your hands. Pray for reason, rigor and expertise. Pray for the precautionary principle. Pray for the N.I.H. and the C.D.C. Pray for the W.H.O.
And pray not just for science, but for scientists, too, as well as their colleagues in the application of science — the tireless health care workers, the whistle-blowing first responders, the rumpled, righteous public servants whose long-ignored warnings we will learn about only when the 12-part coronavirus docu-disaster series drops on Netflix. Wish them all well in the fights ahead. Their weapons, the weapons of science, are all we have left — perhaps the only true weapons our kind has ever marshaled against encroaching oblivion.
It may sound paradoxical to plead for divine sanction of scientific pursuit. But these are dicey times for science and for scientists, and they need all the help they can get. Read On.