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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

Which COVID-19 Mandates to Follow?

Could politics, healthcare, and business decisions still provide good health outcomes to communities?

Implementation of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal contractors has now caught companies in between politics between State-level and National-level. The Governor of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, has signed an executive order this week to now ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates given by companies. This is in-contest to the President Biden’s executive order given on September 9. 2021 about COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

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Mental Health Research

Mental Health Impact – UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children

COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about mental health impact among everyone especially children and young adults. As we lead to the World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), let’s discuss latest thought leadership and global mental health reports this week.

Today’s discussion question:
How can healthcare and technology help to meet the mental health needs of the young generation?

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

Workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates working?

Opting in to COVID-19 vaccine mandates at your company? Strategy working to curb new infections at workplace?

COVID-19 cases in the United States have dropped by 25% over the last two weeks (Axios).

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Research

Initial results from COVID-19 vaccine trial in children 5 to 11 years old

Today Pfizer / BioNTech SE announced positive topline results from COVID-19 vaccine trial in children 5 to 11 years old via press release (still waiting for full report and data).

Highlights given in Press Release of Phase 2/3 trial (link in below):

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccine requirement coming soon at your company?

COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirement coming soon at your company?

Recent news emerged that President Biden will be implementing a requirement for large businesses (>100 employees) to have employees vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. If weekly testing occurs, details have yet to be released to whether the employer will have to cover the cost of weekly testing or the unvaccinated employees could use the free federal sites or would have to pay out of pocket.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health

British Columbia released New Vaccine Passport Program

Are you using vaccine card or digital vaccine passport where you live?

More and more cities and regions are opting into using technology with vaccine passports. British Columbia, Canada just released its new program requiring people to show in order to enter non-essential business activities. There are plans in Alberta, Canada to create a proof of vaccination card and QR code coming soon in upcoming weeks, as well.

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COVID-19 Pandemic

United States is first country to hit 40 million coronavirus cases

A constant message: the pandemic is not over until it is over everywhere.

United States is first country to hit 40 million coronavirus cases. The next country near that mark is India with 33 million coronavirus cases, then followed by Brazil with 20 million coronavirus cases.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health Mental Health

Latest rankings by Bloomberg News of Best and Worst Places to Be

Have you considered moving during the COVID-19 pandemic due to your local government’s response and/or local community’s caseload? Will FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech SE vaccine play a factor in the shift of US?

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Research

FDA approves first COVID19 vaccine to-date

Monday morning and news arrived that FDA fully approves Pfizer / BioNTech SE Coronavirus Vaccine as the first COVID-19 vaccine for prevention of #COVID19 disease in 16 years of age and older.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health Public Health Research

Third dose of COVID-19 shot?

COVID-19 vaccines are working to protect against death along with some protection against hospitalization and mild infections. The latter protections seem to be declining in effectiveness plus Delta variant (and Lamba variant) are some of the reasons why US announce approval of a third shot (dose) for US population at 8 months or later after receiving the first two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech SE & Moderna.