CNN: Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers

CNN: Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers. “As the number of Covid-19 cases surges in the United States, more than 50 health care groups — including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association — issued a joint statement calling for all health care and long-term care employers to mandate employees be vaccinated against Covid-19.”

“Don’t You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine (ProPublica)

ProPublica: “Don’t You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine. “Nursing homes faced a shocking mortality rate during the pandemic. In the U.S., COVID-19 killed more than 133,000 residents and nearly 2,000 staff members between May 31, 2020 and this July 4, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports…. Yet seven months after the first vaccines became available to medical professionals, only 59% of staff at the nation’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are fully or partially vaccinated — with eight states reporting an average rate of less than half, according to CMS data updated last week.”

Covid: Global healthcare workers missing out on jabs (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Global healthcare workers missing out on jabs. “Health and care workers are being ‘left behind’ in efforts to vaccinate the world against Covid-19, nursing leaders say. There were promises they would be among the first to be jabbed. But the International Council of Nurses (ICN), which represents 27 million professionals, says tens of millions have not even had one dose.”

12 Months of Trauma: More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year (Route Fifty)

Route Fifty: 12 Months of Trauma: More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year. “One key finding: Two-thirds of deceased health care workers for whom the project has data identified as people of color, revealing the deep inequities tied to race, ethnicity and economic status in America’s health care workforce. Lower-paid workers who handled everyday patient care, including nurses, support staff and nursing home employees, were far more likely to die in the pandemic than physicians were.”

ProPublica: The Broken Front Line

ProPublica: The Broken Front Line. “As the winter’s surge of coronavirus cases overwhelmed Los Angeles hospitals, EMTs like Michael Diaz were forced to take previously unthinkable measures. What lasting impact will the pandemic have on America’s first responders?”

Washington Post: Elizabeth Shedlick, nurse to two presidents, dies of covid-19

Washington Post: Elizabeth Shedlick, nurse to two presidents, dies of covid-19. “As a child, Sarah Anderson knew that her mother, Elizabeth Shedlick, had worked at the White House, but she didn’t think it was that special. It was only years later when Anderson fully appreciated her mother’s career in the Navy and her role as a trusted caregiver for two presidents. Shedlick was there for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson when they needed medical care or felt unwell. A 1961 Washington Post article describes her as an efficient nurse for Kennedy when he had a virus. And a Baltimore Sun article from the fall of 1965 says she was among the team caring for Johnson after a surgery.”

ABC News: Indiana nurse allegedly removed COVID-19 patient’s oxygen

ABC News: Indiana nurse allegedly removed COVID-19 patient’s oxygen. “A southern Indiana nurse has been charged with practicing medicine without a license for allegedly removing a nursing home resident’s oxygen mask hours before he died from COVID-19 last year. Connie Sneed, 52, was charged Thursday with the felony, which in Indiana carries a potential penalty of one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.”

Autopsy of a pandemic: 6 doctors at the center of the US Covid-19 response (CNN)

CNN: Autopsy of a pandemic: 6 doctors at the center of the US Covid-19 response. “This past January, just a few days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, six of the doctors responsible for the previous administration’s Covid-19 response agreed to sit down — in strict confidence — and talk with me about the events of the past year. Over the period of a few weeks, in Houston, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, our team secured nondescript, large hotel ballrooms with plenty of space and ventilation to allow these extraordinary one-on-one conversations to take place with Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Brett Giroir, Dr. Stephen Hahn, Dr. Robert Kadlec and Dr. Robert Redfield.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Emergency department staff have high COVID-19 vaccination rates

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Emergency department staff have high COVID-19 vaccination rates. “An overwhelming majority of health care personnel in hospital emergency departments have received a vaccine against COVID-19, according to findings published in Academic Emergency Medicine, the official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The study showed that 95 percent of health care personnel were offered vaccination against COVID-19 within the first month of prioritized distribution to this high-risk group and 86 percent accepted vaccination.”

Blavity: There’s Been A Surge In Black Medical School Applicants Amid COVID’s Devastation On BIPOC Communities

Blavity: There’s Been A Surge In Black Medical School Applicants Amid COVID’s Devastation On BIPOC Communities. “While there are only 5 percent of doctors reported to be Black, per NBC News, medical schools have been taking notice of the up to 43 percent increase in Black applicants since the beginning of the pandemic. Howard University’s College of Medicine reported a 28 percent increase in Black applicants, while Morehouse School of Medicine reported 26 percent and Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine with 43 percent.”

CNET: Coronavirus pandemic gives health care workers a chance to shine on social media

CNET: Coronavirus pandemic gives health care workers a chance to shine on social media. “Health care influencers existed long before the pandemic, but the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, has provided a chance for health care workers to showcase their expertise as people spend more time on social media. These workers are turning to TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Google-owned YouTube and other sites to educate the public, debunk misinformation, provide health care tips, boost vaccination rates and tackle hot-button topics such as health equity.”

Washington State University: Doctor communication key to pandemic vaccine adoption

Washington State University: Doctor communication key to pandemic vaccine adoption. “Researchers from Washington State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison surveyed patients about the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in 2009. They found that doctor-patient communication helped build trust in physicians, which led to more positive attitudes toward the H1N1 vaccine–and it was more than just talk; it correlated to people actually getting vaccinated.”

Nurse .org: ANA Launches Hub of COVID Vaccine Facts For Nurses

Nurse .org: ANA Launches Hub of COVID Vaccine Facts For Nurses. “Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA), along with 19 other leading nursing and healthcare organizations launched COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses, an educational resource to bring ‘critical, current, and culturally sensitive COVID-19 vaccine information to the nation’s nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic and those caring for patients in every community across the country.’”