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COVID-19 Briefs for March 29, 2021

See below the following COVID-19 briefs for March 29, 2021.

DOH Guidance on Health Care Services: The state Department of Health has issued an Updated Interim Guidance: Ensuring Access to Health Care Services During COVID-19.

It reemphasizes that in-person health care services, including routine preventive care and follow-up for direct examination and/or treatment needs, including all recommended age-appropriate vaccinations, should not be postponed.   

The advisory also notes that, starting April 1, 2021, individuals may bring a companion with them to health care appointments. Companions must also wear appropriate face coverings, practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and comply with temperature checking and symptom screening. 

Signs or Symptoms After COVID-19 Vaccination 

DOH has posted the following two flowcharts regarding possible signs or symptoms related to the COVID-19 vaccination: 

List of Executive Orders 

Pursuant to state legislation, the Governor’s office is required to post details regarding all current suspensions and directives as authorized in Executive Orders 202 and 205. See here for a list of COVID-19 directives.

New Reopening Guidance

DOH has posted new guidances for reopening of medical model adult day health care programs, and visitation at adult care facilities and nursing homes

Erie County Vaccines for Homebound Individuals

Erie County continues to have vaccines available for homebound individuals. For more information, contact Andrew Koski at akoski@hcanys.org. 

CDC Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a COVID-19 Vaccine Quick Reference Guide for Healthcare Professionals. It is a quick reference for comparing general information, storage and handling information, and vaccine administration information for all COVID-19 vaccines. 

The COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Errors and Deviations table is an easy reference for information on handling vaccine administration errors.