CDC Signs Off on COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11
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CDC Signs Off on COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed a low-dose version of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. The approved vaccine is one-third of the amount given to adults. With the CDC’s green light, parents can now seek vaccinations for their children immediately. The Food and Drug…

FDA Authorizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots
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FDA Authorizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The agency also authorized the use of “mixing and matching” any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, including the Pfizer-BioNTech version. In other words, if an individual has received a full dose…

It’s Cold and Flu Season Again
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It’s Cold and Flu Season Again

With the fall and winter months comes flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity peaks between December and February, so now’s the time to ensure you’re prepared. Social distancing and mask mandates significantly prevented a “twindemic” last year as the flu season coincided with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic….

COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage and Premium Discounts FAQs
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COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage and Premium Discounts FAQs

On Oct. 4, 2021, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued FAQs addressing rules regarding premium incentives for COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid coverage of preventive services for COVID-19. Highlights Premium discounts for COVID-19 vaccination generally must be offered as part of a wellness program. These wellness programs…

CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster Shots for Vulnerable Populations, Individuals in High-risk Settings
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CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster Shots for Vulnerable Populations, Individuals in High-risk Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a statement recommending a distribution plan for booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The agency recommends a booster dose for specific vulnerable populations and those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings. This guidance comes as CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky endorsed the agency’s Advisory…

What President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Means for Employers
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What President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Means for Employers

President Joe Biden’s administration is continuing its efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the deadly coronavirus Delta variant. Recently, the White House ordered all federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, the government is imposing a similar requirement on private employers. The move is estimated to affect over…

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fully Approved by FDA
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Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fully Approved by FDA

On Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. It is the first full approval of any coronavirus vaccine in the United States. The other vaccines, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are still available under emergency use authorization (EUA) granted by the FDA. The Moderna…

What the Delta Variant Means for Return-to-Work Mask Policies
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What the Delta Variant Means for Return-to-Work Mask Policies

With a growing percentage of the United States population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, many localities and, in turn, employers, have eased mask mandates and policies. However, due to the spread of an emerging variant of coronavirus known as Delta, these policies may still need updating, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has…

The Time Is Now to Kick-start Open Enrollment Efforts
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The Time Is Now to Kick-start Open Enrollment Efforts

Over the course of the pandemic, many employees refrained from changing jobs due to high levels of uncertainty, along with mental and physical health issues. Now, as things return to normal, experts predict a massive wave of turnover in the second half of 2021. Open enrollment this year provides a fantastic opportunity for organizations to…

Understanding The Coronavirus Delta Variant
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Understanding The Coronavirus Delta Variant

The United States is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, specifically in areas with low vaccination rates. A major reason for this spike is an emerging variant known as Delta, which was first seen in India in December 2020. The variant has quickly moved across the globe, and it is now circulating in the United…