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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
October 31, 2021


In This Issue
LEAD STORY
One Step Closer to COVID Vaccines for Kids; FDA Authorizes Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11
Identifying Child Maltreatment
Identify to Protect: Recognizing the Signs of Child Maltreatment
More COVID Guidance & News
US FDA & CDC Officially Expand Eligibility Recommendations For COVID-19 Booster Shots
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Webinar & Ordering Reminders
Further Clarification to The Moderna Guidance That Was Previously Sent to Providers
Upcoming Training Sessions for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines
New Standing Orders for Moderna, Janssen, & Pfizer with Booster Language Dose Information
Immunocompromised Americans who had a 3rd COVID-19 shot can now get a 4th
COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapies in Maine
US CDC Adds Certain Mental Health Conditions to List of High-Risk Individuals Eligible for Booster Shots
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Vaccinating Kids, Mix and Match Boosters, Other Top Concerns
US Supreme Court Lets Maine Health Care Vaccine Mandate Stand
JAMA, NEJM Studies, Reports & Helpful Information
Top JAMA, JAMA Network, and New England Journal of Medicine Articles
Maine Track Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Opportunities in Tufts Medical School 'Maine Track'
FDA Rules Notices
FDA Moves to Allow Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids
Fraud Alert
Scammers Target Medical Conferences
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Surgeons in Egypt Remove Phone That Man Swallowed & Waited Six Months For It To ‘Pass Naturally’
UPCOMING EVENTS
Registration is Open! November 5th Governor's Office Opioid Response Seminar Series
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our webinar on November 2nd: Let’s Talk Hospice!
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Webinars on November 3 & December 1
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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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US FDA & CDC Officially Expand Eligibility Recommendations For COVID-19 Booster Shots

The FDA, on October 20th, amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of a single booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations. A day later, the CDC endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Maine CDC guidance and FAQs on expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots – October 22, 2021

According to the US CDC, “available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.”

FDA Action on Booster Doses – October 20, 2021

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots – October 21, 2021

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call on October 26th.

Posted materials from the October 26, 2021, FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting. Click this link for meeting video.

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