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Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/24/2021

In This Issue
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MMA
Enjoy The Holidays, Our Weekly Newsletter & Thank You For All You Do
COVID-19 CORNER
FDA Updates: Pfizer & Merck Oral Antivirals Authorized; Omicron & Monoclonal Antibodies
Maine CDC Updates & Guidance
Reminder: Everyone Ages 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot
US CDC Reduces Time for Health Care Workers to Isolate & Updates School Guidelines
English Study: Booster Shots Protect Against Omicron for About 10 Weeks
Patients Vaccinated for COVID-19 Have Shorter Hospital Stays Than Unvaccinated Patients
JAMA Internal Medicine - Illness Severity With SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Delta vs Beta Variant
US Supreme Court to Take Up Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
WHAT'S NOT COVID RELATED
CDC: Physicians Should Discuss Meds to Reduce HIV Risk
HHS: $48 Million Available to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities
MaineCare: Payment Cycle Reminder: Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays
IN THE NEWS
Medicine in the Media
Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Change: Call Ahead Before Picking Up Your Medication
MAINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOB OPPORTUNITY
Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program Coordinator
HEALTH COVERAGE
Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Governorís Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series Continues (Jan 7)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health
Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader

 
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Medicine in the Media

The Maine Medical Association and the MMA’s Public Health Committee released a statement this week urging Mainers to vaccinate and mask during the holidays while also pleading with Maine businesses to reinstitute masking requirements and provide masks to customers who have none.

The MMA’s full statement can be found here:

Maine Physicians – Masks & Vaccinations More Important Than Ever

Maine Public – Maine Physicians Call on Businesses To Reimpose Mask Requirements

WMTW-8 – Maine ER Doctor Says Physicians Are ‘Tired and Discouraged’ Following ICU record

Portland Press Herald – How Maine Lost Control Of Coronavirus And Became A National Hot Spot

What else we’re reading:

WGME-13 – Maine Officials Address New COVID Pill, Effectiveness of Vaccines Amid Omicron Concerns

Spectrum News – Maine Offers Mental Health Resources to Cope With Pandemic

Business Insider – ER Doctors Say This COVID-19 Wave Is Forcing Them to Deny Treatment To Other Patients Who Can Die As A Result

Washington Post – In Highly Vaccinated New England, Hospitals Are Under Unprecedented Strain as Coronavirus Surges

Washington Post – Vaccine Misinformation Has Run Rampant on Pregnancy Apps

Washington Post – South Africa’s Omicron Wave Appears to Be Falling Sharply

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