• The CDC has approved the Respiratory Syncytia Virus (RSV) vaccine for people 60 years of age and older. Older adults should talk to their health care provider to see if they are eligible to receive this single-dose vaccine. For eligible individuals, getting three vaccines this fall – a flu vaccine, RSV vaccine, and COVID-19 booster – may be the best way to stay healthy.
  • This week, we’re sharing a sobering reminder of the dire importance of workers’ rights to health and safety: A 16-year-old child who emigrated from an indigenous community in Guatemala was killed in a poultry processing plant in Mississippi while cleaning machinery. To learn more about your workplace rights to health and safety, and how to defend your rights and those of your coworkers, visit Contratados.org.
  • Excellent news! To ensure that millions of people without health insurance or with limited coverage have free access to Covid-19 vaccines, the CDC launched the Bridge Access Program. The CDC estimates that there are between 25 and 30 million uninsured people in the United States who face barriers to accessing COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines will be distributed through the network of state programs, locals, community providers and pharmacies supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Although it has a limited duration—from fall 2023 to December 2024—the program is a great opportunity to extend protection to more people.

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  • Hosted by the National Association of Community Health Workers, the 2023 Unity Conference “Community Health Workers: The Workforce We Need for the World We Want“ is an interactive event designed to help community health workers and allies make a difference. Join the conference August 3-5, 2023 in person in Austin, Texas, or virtually from wherever you are! More information here.
  • The Hispanic Liaison is hiring a Project Coordinator for their office in Sanford, NC! The job description is available here. Applicants are asked to send a bilingual English-Spanish resume and cover letter to hannia@evhnc.org with the subject line “Program Coordinator Sanford.” The position will remain open until filled. 
  • A recent study addresses the transmission of COVID-19 in meatpacking plants, with an emphasis on plant design. The results suggest that the current design of processing plants facilitated the transmission of the virus and that the protections currently in place are insufficient. Through simulations, the study shows that there is a 99% average infection rate without mitigation measures; 99% with the measures adopted by companies; 81% combining surgical masks and distancing policies; and 71% with N95 masks and distancing. 
  • Do you know how the TDaP vaccine protects you? Or who can receive it? If you are getting these and other questions about the TDaP vaccine, here are some helpful materials in English and Spanish. CDM developed these visuals to support community outreach.
  • Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) created useful materials to strengthen the work of community health promoters related to  COVID-19 and its prevention. You can download the guide and the flipchart in English and Spanish here. The information covers essential concepts, vaccination, and prevention measures.
  • While the federal public health emergency ended on May 11, North Carolina will continue to offer free COVID-19 vaccines while supplies last. If you live in North Carolina, you can find available vacciantion sites on this page
  • Tri Community Mediation is hosting their next “One Stop Shop” at World of Life Church at 1216 Jersey Rd. Salisbury, MD 21801 on Saturday, July 29  from 12-2PM ET.
  • Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia will host a vaccination event at Talpa Supermarket on July 29. Keep an eye on their publications for more details.
  • CORE Georgia and MobileVax are helping Georgia residents prepare to return to school by hosting vaccination clinics and other public health services. The next event will be:
    • Bibb Co Back to School, to be held at 2851 Heath Road, Macon, GA 31206. Friday, July 28, 2023 from 9-2PM ET
  • El Centro Hispano and the City of Durham’s Park and Recreation Division are putting together a back-to-school event on July 30, at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701 from 2-6PM ET. They will offer school supplies, vision tests, books, and more!
If you have questions about labor rights in the United States and COVID-19, Sol is ready to answer them at covid-chat.org