CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/14/2021
(J. Harris: FREE PFIZER VACCINE AT ETBU PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL AND WALMART TODAY AND TOMORROW!
EASY ACCESS TO ROGERS SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER OFF N. GROVE ON THE SOUTH END OF THE CAMPUS. BRING YOUR VACCINATION CARD. IF YOU ARE “IMMUNOCOMPROMISED” AND HAVE BEEN 7 OR 8 MONTHS SINCE YOUR SECOND PFIZER INJECTION, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FILL OUT A SHORT, IMPERSONAL FORM THAT SIMPLY STATES THAT YOU ARE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. NO IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS.)
31 IS THE BUILDING. JUST OFF N. GROVE WHICH IS THE STREET TO THE RIGHT OF BUILDING 31. PARK ACROSS THE STREET. MINIMAL WALK. (www.ETBU.edu/clinic)
“…Please remember that ETBU’s second free on-campus COVID vaccination clinic in conjunction with Walmart takes place on-campus this week in Rogers Spiritual Life Center. Stop by on Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to receive either your first or second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination. Booster shots are available for those who are immunocompromised. To receive your second dose, you must present your vaccination card to confirm it has been at least 21 days since your first dose. For more information, visit www.ETBU.edu/clinic. This clinic is open to the public, so please share with your friends and family in the area.
(J. Harris: Would vaccine mandates prevent this kind of crowding?)
1. Interim Estimates of COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Against COVID-19–Associated Emergency Department or Urgent Care Clinic Encounters and Hospitalizations Among Adults During SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant Predominance — Nine States, June–August 2021 In this multistate interim analysis of 32,867 medical encounters among adults of all ages during June–August 2021, when the Delta variant was predominant in the United States, VE of all three authorized COVID-19 vaccines combined remained high against hospitalization (86%) and ED/UC encounters (82%). These overall VE estimates were similar to those during the months before Delta became predominant. However, VE against COVID-19 hospitalization among adults aged ≥75 years was significantly lower than that among adults aged <75 years, which had not been observed previously from this data source. This moderate decline should be interpreted with caution and might be related to changes in SARS-CoV-2, waning of vaccine-induced immunity with increased time since vaccination, or a combination of factors. Differences in VE between the two mRNA vaccines, which had not been observed previously in the VISION Network, are consistent with another recent finding. (CDC MMWR, 9/10/2021)
(J. Harris: Does this mean that folks over 75 are automatically “immunocompromised” because of their age?)
2. Israel Is Preparing for Possible Fourth Covid Vaccine Dose (Bloomberg) Israel is making preparations to ensure it has sufficient vaccine supply in case a fourth round of Covid-19 shots is needed, the country’s top health official said on Sunday. “We don’t know when it will happen; I hope very much that it won’t be within six months, like this time, and that the third dose will last for longer,” Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash said in an interview with Radio 103FM.
3. Exposure Notification: Benefits and Challenges of Smartphone Applications to Augment Contact Tracing If you were near a person who later tests positive for an infectious disease, an exposure notification app can let you know. These apps allow for more rapid and broader contact tracing—ideally helping to slow disease spread. About half of the US states had their own COVID-19 exposure notification apps as of June 2021. A national app wasn’t available. GAO found 5 challenges related to exposure notification apps, such as privacy concerns and a dearth of evidence showing that the apps are effective. To address challenges, GAO identified 4 policy options, e.g., collaborating on a national strategy for these apps. (GAO, 9/9/2021)
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