- Last week, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee recommended the use of updated COVID-19 booster shots that better target Omicron variants of the coronavirus in the fall. Vaccination manufacturers estimate that they could have the updated booster doses ready by late October or early November.
- Moderna is now authorized for use in all children 6 months to 17 years of age. Children in this age group can now receive either Pfizer or Moderna as their primary series. All children ages 5 through 17 are also eligible for a Pfizer booster (Moderna is not yet authorized as a booster shot for this age group).
- The U.S. government plans to make the JYNNEOS vaccine, which offers protection against infection from the monkeypox virus (MPV), widely available to anyone who has had an MPV exposure. To support the advocacy efforts of LGBTQ+ communities, you will notice that CDM is transitioning to the use of MPV instead of monkeypox to reduce stigmatization of those who contract the virus. Transmission of the virus is closely linked to behavior, like close sexual contact, not a person’s sexual orientation or identity.
- OSHA announced an indefinite extension of its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on SARS-CoV-2, which focuses OSHA’s resources on preventing the virus’s spread in certain high-risk industries, including meat and poultry processing. The NEP lets OSHA proactively inspect high-risk workplaces before workers get sick, and it includes a focus on protecting whistleblowers from retaliation. OSHA is also temporarily increasing its coronavirus inspection goal from 5% of all inspections to 10%. These resources can help you file a complaint online or with your local OSHA office to report unsafe working conditions.
- In case you missed it: Our partner organization, MCN, led a session featuring various resources on COVID-19 in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. These are intended to provide information in a language and format that is easy for farm and food processing workers and their families to understand. Materials include social media templates, customizable posters, educational brochures, and fact sheets on COVID-19. All can be used as is or tailored to your needs, your organization, and the population you serve. All materials can be found on MCN’s COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Page with additional resources and templates in MCN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Campaign Page. You can find the videos of the session here: English / Spanish
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