Administration & Agency Updates

Recent Administration & Agency Updates

CDC Releases New Resources for Tribal Communities on COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new resource for Tribal communities entitled “What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.” The document contains frequently asked questions for before and after receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine. Read the Resource. Guidance and Tips for Tribal Community Living During COVID-19 Click Here to find all of the CDC resources for Tribal communities.

Secretary Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce

To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Staff at the Indian Health Service (IHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) who serve in federally-operated health care and clinical…

FDA Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals

On August 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise. This action…

CDC Releases Updated Guidance on COVID-19 and Delta Variant

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance around masking and the COVID-19 Delta variant. This new guidance, which is based on the most up-to-date science, includes recommendations around masking for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated American Indian and Alaska Natives. The CDC now recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor…

Biden Administration Invests Additional $1.8 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding to Combat COVID-19 in Indian Country

On Tuesday, June 16, the Biden Administration announced an additional investment of $1.8 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to combat COVID-19 in Indian Country. This is in addition to an investment of more than $4 billion that was announced in April 2021. These funds are one-time, non-recurring, and can only be used for the purposes specified in the statute. According to the…

Indian Health Service Approves COVID-19 Vaccinations for Youth Ages 12 and Over

The Indian Health Service announced that facilities will now begin vaccinating youth, who are 12 years old and up, with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. IHS’s announcement follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanding the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for adolescents age 12 through 15 years in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and increase community immunity. Vaccinating Native youth means they can…

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