Notations on Our World (Special Edition): On COVID & Ensuring Vaccine Confidence For the Homeless
Ensuring Vaccine Confidence for People Experiencing Homelessness
In light of the current pause of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the Alliance encourages all system leaders and providers to continue to prioritize people experiencing homelessness for vaccination.
During this time, it is important that communities work to ensure vaccine confidence. Maintaining communication with people experiencing homelessness is central to this effort.
To date, the adverse effects associated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been severe but rare; six of the 7.5 million people who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have reported blood clots. Similar adverse effects have not been reported for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
The Alliance encourages communities to follow the following guidance provided by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council:
Vaccine planning in your community must continue even during the disruption caused by this pause; please continue to meet and establish a plan B regardless of fluctuations in particular vaccine availability.
If clients decline a particular vaccine, have a procedure in place to refer them to a setting that can provide the preferred vaccine (e.g., at a health center or other clinical location).
Multiple studies have established the very significant threat of death or severe illness from COVID-19. While very rare side effects may occur with any of the vaccines currently approved for use, COVID-19 remains the most serious risk.
If clients received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the past three weeks AND are newly experiencing any of the following symptoms, please provide medical care and report significant side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System:
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Coronavirus Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response Greetings Partners, Although our previous emails have concentrated primarily on the worship spaces, we recognize that many of you are also affiliated with religious or parochial schools. As the conventional school year winds down, there are questions about summer school and how schools may look and operate come the new school year this fall. The links below contain helpful information and resources for schools and school personnel: U.S. Dept. of Education - https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives within the Department of Education - https://sites.ed.gov/cfoi/ REMS TA (Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools) - https://rems.ed.gov/Resources_ Hazards_Threats_Biological_ Hazards.aspx#/ CDC Childcare, Schools, and Youth Programs - https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/schools-childcare/ index.html USDA COVID-19 with particular reference to Child Nutrition Programs
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