Administration & Agency Updates

Recent Administration & Agency Updates

CDC Releases Updated Healthcare Worker Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

With the increased number of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for isolation and quarantine for healthcare workers. The guidance decreases the amount of isolation time after infection with COVID-19. The CDC also released an update to guidance for contingency and crisis management in settings with significant healthcare worker shortages. The updated guidance…

CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster at 5 Months, Additional Primary Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Native Youth

On January 4, 2022, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued two COVID-19 related recommendations following actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). First, American Indians and Alaska Natives who received the Pfizer Bio-NTech COVID-19 vaccine as their primary series are now recommended to get their booster after 5 months, instead of 6 months. Second, moderately,…
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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Resources

Tribal Leaders, Public Health Officials, and Indian Country Professionals can now use the new resources on COVID-19 boosters that the We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign has recently released. This toolkit can provide helpful posters and flyers, social media templates, and shareable videos to help educate American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) to know why all vaccinated adults ages 18 and older should…
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CMS Announces COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, and Counseling Policies

On December 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that CMS requires states to cover COVID-19 vaccine counseling visits in which health care providers talk to families about the importance of kids’ vaccination. CMS will match COVID-19 vaccine counseling-only visits at the American Rescue Plan (ARP) 100% federal match rate only when provided to children and youth under age 21…
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Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States

Effective December 6, 2021, all passengers from all airlines are required to provide a proof of negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19 entering into the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) amended its October 25, 2021 Amended Order, titled, “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19…
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Vaccines and Boosters Available to Tribal Citizens

There are three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 vaccines. All three of the available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. Two of them, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response inside our bodies. The third, Johnson &…

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