Maine Medicine Weekly Update
October 18, 2021

In This Issue
FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Moderna, J&J Boosters. What You Need to Know
More COVID Guidance & News
Maine CDC Memos: Planning Efforts for Moderna Booster and Pfizer Vaccine for 5-11-year-olds
Draft Study Shows Moderna & Pfizer May Be Better Boost for J&J Recipients
FDA Schedules Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 Oral Treatment
Federal COVID Vaccine Mandate Rules Have Been Drafted
Maine Health System News
Central Maine Healthcare Services, Staffing, Vaccine Mandate, CEO Appointment
Clinical News
New Draft Recommendation Statement on Aspirin Use to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
Top JAMA, JAMA Network, and New England Journal of Medicine Articles
Physician Well Being
Using Electronic Health Records to Predict Physician Departure
Preventing Stimulant Misuse Among College-Aged Students
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Webinars on November 3 & December 1
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center

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Federal COVID Vaccine Mandate Rules Have Been Drafted

The federal COVID vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers testing has moved one step closer to enforcement. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) sent a finalized initial draft of the emergency order to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. A department within OMB will conduct a standard review of the regulation.

Officials did not provide a time frame, but they have 90 days to review the rule or send it back to OSHA for revision. There is no public text of the draft. It won’t be published until OMB completes its review.

According to Politico, the federal mandate order directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Labor Department to mandate vaccination via an emergency temporary standard. These standards take effect immediately and remain in place until there’s a permanent rule that replaces it, usually within about six months of the emergency standard being set.

Click here for Associated Press story: Biden vaccine order moves closer to enforcement

President Biden announced in early September new federal vaccine requirements for certain private-sector employees, health care workers, and federal contractors.

Click here for current information from OSHA: Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (Updated, August 13, 2021)

One-third of Americans in the private sector work at businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

89 percent of companies have less than 20 employees.

But 64 percent of all employees work at large companies that employ 100 or more. (US Census Bureau)


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