List of State Health Departments. This site from the CDC offers links to local state health departments for keeping up with regional COVID-19 activity.
List of City, County and Combined Health Districts. This directory from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offers a quick reference and link to your local city, county or combined health district. This can be accessed here.
CDC Covid Data Tracker. This hub of information features trends related to COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, vaccinations and other information summaries. Click here to view.
American Academy of Pediatrics State-Level Reports on Children and COVID-19. The latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that as of August 19th children contributed 22.4% to all COVID-19 cases. The report states that there has been an exponential (4-fold) increase in child cases since June, reaching the peak numbers of winter 2020-2021. To access the report and summary, click here. (August 26, 2021)
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. This page provides maps and other information on both global and US COVID-19 statistics, trends, and other resources. It is updated in real time throughout each day. View the resources here.
One Year Later, How Does COVID-19 Affect Children? Drawing on data and experiences from the year-long COVID-19 pandemic, the authors of this JAMA Pediatrics’ article discuss what we know about children who contract SARS-CoV-2 and what works best to protect them. Click here to read more.
COVID-19 Impacts on the Dental Care System. Dental providers, educators and regulators are rapidly adjusting to the COVID-19 crisis with almost no roadmap, working in their respective areas of expertise with little information on concurrent changes in interrelated systems. This site is dedicated to sharing information on immediate impacts to the dental care system in the following four domains: Care Delivery, Financing, Regulation, and Education. View the website here.
NIH Covid-19 Research and Response. News releases and collection of research resources from the National Institutes of Health can be found here.
WHO Covid-19 Status Updates. International status updates from the World Health Organization can be found here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Authorized for Certain Groups. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) has expanded the recommendation for the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen COVID-19 boosters have all now been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Individuals may choose which type of vaccine they receive since heterologous booster doses, also known as “mix-and-match”, were also recently authorized for use.
The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna booster for the following groups 6 months after the last vaccine dose was administered:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
Those age 18 and older who received the Janssen vaccine can get their booster shot two months following their vaccine.
Visit Who is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot to learn if you are eligible and might benefit from a booster shot.
Health Care Providers Encouraged to Continue Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant People. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their webpage, COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding, recommending that pregnant people and those who may become pregnant get the COVID-19 vaccine to avoid severe illness, pre-term birth and other pregnancy-related adverse outcomes from a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The official guidance is based on data on COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness for pregnant people. New statistics from the CDC show that only 31% of pregnant people were fully vaccinated as of September 18, 2021 despite the increased risk of severe illness, death and adverse pregnancy outcomes due to COVID-19 in pregnant people. The CDC suggests health care providers strongly encourage those who may become pregnant, who are pregnant, and those who were recently pregnant to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. To read the full details of the latest CDC announcement for vaccinating pregnant people, click here. To read the guidance, COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding, in full detail, click here. (September 29, 2021)
Dentists and COVID-19 Vaccination: COVID-19 Vaccine Resources from the ADA. This comprehensive regularly updated resource from the American Dental Association (ADA) highlights key topics related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Developed to guide dentists and practice managers navigating the vaccine administration process for themselves and their staff, viewers will have no problem finding helpful fact sheets, FAQs, toolkits and more. To visit the ADA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources webpage, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccines in the Dental Workplace: FAQs for Practice Owners. The ADA has developed this quick guide to help practice owners on the legal and practical considerations that come up when developing staff vaccination processes. Topics include how to manage religious exemptions, disability circumstances and more. Click here to read the ADA’s new COVID-19 Vaccines in the Dental Workplace: FAQs for Practice Owners.
Virus Variants and Vaccination: SARS-CoV-2 Update. This brief FAQ from the American Dental Association touches on six key points that support continued application of risk mitigation measures in the dental practice as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. The FAQ reinforces the need for patient and visitor masking, social distancing, and staff vaccination. Click here to view.
ADA FAQ on CDC Masking Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People. CDC COVID-19 PPE and Screening FAQ is a new document from the American Dental Association created to help answer questions that may arise about the new CDC masking recommendations for vaccinated individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQ touches on critical topics for maintaining a safe environment for patients and staff as they begin to get vaccinated. Find answers to questions like “Do patients still need to wear a mask when visiting a dental office?”, “May dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) stop wearing masks in the break room?”, “Should we continue to screen patients and DHCP?”, and more in CDC COVID-19 PPE and Screening FAQ. Click here to read. (May 20, 2021)
COVID-19 Vaccination Website, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This large repository of information on vaccinations has been updated regularly since the COVID-19 vaccine became available to the public. The site now includes communication toolkits for healthcare professionals for talking about the vaccine with patients and staff, clinical information for healthcare providers, vaccine safety information, vaccine administration resources and more. Find tips, checklists, myths and facts, social media messages and more in this go-to guide. Click here to view.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for 12-15 year-olds after the FDA expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to include the adolescent age group for this vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for everyone age 12 and older. Find the new guidance for adolescents age 12-15 on their webpage COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens. Central topics include how the vaccine protects children and families, where to find a vaccine, tips for families on preparing for the visit to get the shot and more. Click here to view.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Variants. The evolving characteristics of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being carefully surveilled and scientists have recognized a number new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the global community. See this new webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more about what this means for public health and where the variant numbers are climbing.
Ethics of Vaccination. From the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) of the American Dental Association comes a whitepaper and guide on the “potential ethical challenges that may be presented by vaccination […]”. In this report, critical questions are examined to help dentists curtail potential conflict that may arise because of vaccination: Should dentists offer vaccines? What is the dentist’s ethical obligation if patients and/or staff members refuse vaccination? Do dentists have an ethical/professional obligation to be vaccinated themselves? While a number of challenging situations are covered in this paper, legal considerations are not and the authors note to check in with local council for legal advice. Click here to read Ethics of Vaccination.
Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Adolescents. The return of adolescents to normal social development activities and school is a top priority, and their contribution to the immune pool is key to community prevention of COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality. This study undertaken by Frenck et al. investigated the BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine to understand the safety and efficacy of the preventive measure among adolescents, ages 12-15. The authors report that the vaccine is not only safe for this age group, it also elicits a strong immune response and offers a high degree of protection for adolescents compared to young adults, ages 16-25. The results add to the encouraging safety profile of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine. Click here to read Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Adolescents.
Vaccine Provider Requirements and Support. Providers who have signed up to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will find key information on program requirements, reporting and documentation, and other guidance resources in this vaccine hub for providers who are enrolled in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Click here to read more.