Immunocompromised New Yorkers Now Eligible For Third COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

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Gothamist 16 August, 2021 - 11:11am 47 views

Federal regulators approved the policy change late last week, following a string of studies and public health reports that showed the vaccine response wanes in immunocompromised groups but that they can be reinforced with an additional shot.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released an advisory over the weekend saying the policy change would take effect Monday. New Jersey’s Health Commissioner opted to follow the new guidance immediately following the authorization last Friday. New York State Department of Health announced Monday morning that it was also following suit.

The booster shots are only authorized for people who originally took the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, not Johnson & Johnson. Potential takers must also seek the same brand they received for their first and second doses. A third shot can be sought at any provider, regardless of where the initial doses were received.

Qualifying groups in New York City include cancer patients and people on therapies that might weaken the immune system, such as organ transplant recipients, those on high doses of corticosteroids and people who’ve received a stem cell transplant in the last two years. People with advanced HIV or other immunodeficiencies can also receive third shots.

“For other health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease, we do not recommend a third dose at this time,’ Dr. Dave Chokshi said at City Hall briefing on Monday, while also answering whether people without pre-existing conditions need a third dose. “The simple answer is that right now you do not. But scientists are working around the clock to learn more."

New York state and New Jersey officials say their qualifications match those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that interested parties should ask their health care providers for details.

New Yorkers will need to bring along their vaccine cards and will be required to attest that they have a qualifying medical condition. No other documentation will be required.

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As a teacher, I'm not willing to let anti-science scaremongers hurt my students or my colleagues. It's time for vaccine mandates in every school.

Business Insider 16 August, 2021 - 12:00am

As of July 26, the CDC reported that 163 million Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19. Out of those inoculations in the same timeframe, only 6,587 COVID-19 breakthrough cases occurred that either resulted in hospitalization or death. 

The data is clear, the COVID-19 vaccines work.

Recently we have seen governments, businesses, and even the military begin to require the vaccine for employees. Now is the time to apply that mandate to the academic world.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an order that will require people to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment in New York City, with full enforcement by September 13.

In Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney announced that it would become the first Virginia locality to implement vaccine requirements for it's 3,600 public employees, including police, fire, public works, social services and parks and recreation workers.

There are also vaccine mandates being implemented at the federal level, and companies like Facebook, Anthem, Ford, and Google have shown the leadership needed to follow suit.

These are leaders who have made the tough, but right call to require the COVID-19 vaccine. However, with the Delta variant on the rise, we need more leaders to do the same for other industries and fields, and that includes the world of education.

The problem is that many states are controlled by Republican governors and elected officials who are fighting against science and putting politics above the health of their citizens. These governmental leaders are also again pushing our healthcare system and its workers to the breaking point. Hospitals are filled to or near capacity leading to deaths, and healthcare workers who have done an amazing job saving America have hit their breaking point with Delta and are leaving the profession.  

In Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken the extreme step to threaten to withhold the salaries of local superintendents and school board members who enact mask mandates. Thankfully there are school leaders in the Sunshine State that are willing to defy the Governor and put forth protections for the unvaccinated students. 

But we must do more to protect our children, especially those who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. In the last week alone, according to the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, nearly 72,000 cases were reported in children, roughly 19% of the total number of new cases nationwide.

As a teacher I want to make sure that all my students are as healthy as possible. We need to keep school doors open this year, and the best way to do that is by mandating vaccines for staff.

If you have a student that is 12 years or older they too should be required to get a vaccine. States already require immunizations for students. For example, Texas requires seven vaccines for their students, and other states such as Virginia and Florida all have immunization requirements. 

To keep schools open and children in them it's not just the effort of teachers and educational staff, but also the community. If a community is not vaccinated, its children are at risk.

The data is clear, vaccines save lives and protect people from COVID-19. We as a society require things of our citizens, such as wearing seatbelts and not drinking and driving. Failure to do these things result in consequences. If someone refuses to get vaccinated they should not be able to enjoy the freedom that those who are vaccinated enjoy. 

There is only one way to put an end to this pandemic, and that is to follow the proven science and get vaccinated, and it's about time we require it.

As a teacher, I'm not willing to let anti-science scaremongers hurt my students or my colleagues. It's time for vaccine mandates in every school.

KOCO 5 News 16 August, 2021 - 12:00am

As of July 26, the CDC reported that 163 million Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19. Out of those inoculations in the same timeframe, only 6,587 COVID-19 breakthrough cases occurred that either resulted in hospitalization or death. 

The data is clear, the COVID-19 vaccines work.

Recently we have seen governments, businesses, and even the military begin to require the vaccine for employees. Now is the time to apply that mandate to the academic world.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an order that will require people to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment in New York City, with full enforcement by September 13.

In Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney announced that it would become the first Virginia locality to implement vaccine requirements for it's 3,600 public employees, including police, fire, public works, social services and parks and recreation workers.

There are also vaccine mandates being implemented at the federal level, and companies like Facebook, Anthem, Ford, and Google have shown the leadership needed to follow suit.

These are leaders who have made the tough, but right call to require the COVID-19 vaccine. However, with the Delta variant on the rise, we need more leaders to do the same for other industries and fields, and that includes the world of education.

The problem is that many states are controlled by Republican governors and elected officials who are fighting against science and putting politics above the health of their citizens. These governmental leaders are also again pushing our healthcare system and its workers to the breaking point. Hospitals are filled to or near capacity leading to deaths, and healthcare workers who have done an amazing job saving America have hit their breaking point with Delta and are leaving the profession.  

In Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken the extreme step to threaten to withhold the salaries of local superintendents and school board members who enact mask mandates. Thankfully there are school leaders in the Sunshine State that are willing to defy the Governor and put forth protections for the unvaccinated students. 

But we must do more to protect our children, especially those who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. In the last week alone, according to the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, nearly 72,000 cases were reported in children, roughly 19% of the total number of new cases nationwide.

As a teacher I want to make sure that all my students are as healthy as possible. We need to keep school doors open this year, and the best way to do that is by mandating vaccines for staff.

If you have a student that is 12 years or older they too should be required to get a vaccine. States already require immunizations for students. For example, Texas requires seven vaccines for their students, and other states such as Virginia and Florida all have immunization requirements. 

To keep schools open and children in them it's not just the effort of teachers and educational staff, but also the community. If a community is not vaccinated, its children are at risk.

The data is clear, vaccines save lives and protect people from COVID-19. We as a society require things of our citizens, such as wearing seatbelts and not drinking and driving. Failure to do these things result in consequences. If someone refuses to get vaccinated they should not be able to enjoy the freedom that those who are vaccinated enjoy. 

There is only one way to put an end to this pandemic, and that is to follow the proven science and get vaccinated, and it's about time we require it.

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