March 4, 2022
Updates to COVID-19 Regulations
AHPA continues to follow new COVID-19 regulations, guidance and other government actions. The updates below are the latest developments to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
CDC Recommends Men Wait Longer Between First and Second Dose of mRNA Vaccines
The CDC recommends males ages 12-to-39 consider waiting eight weeks between the first and second doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to reduce a rare risk of heart inflammation. The CDC still recommends that other eligible individuals wait three weeks between Pfizer shots and four weeks between Moderna doses, particularly the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
New Test-to-Treat Initiative to Provide Free Antiviral Pills at Pharmacies
President Biden unveiled a new initiative that will provide free access to antiviral COVID-19 treatments for patients who test positive at designated pharmacies and community centers.
New CDC Framework for Masking Policy
The CDC has released a new framework for determining masking requirements in a given region. Americans living in areas deemed to have “low” levels of COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks indoors.
President Biden Unveils New COVID-19 Strategy
The White House has released the new National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The initiative lays out a roadmap to help fight COVID-19 as the country transitions back to more normal routines. The plan focuses on four key goals: protecting against and treating COVID-19, preparing for new variants, preventing economic and educational shutdowns, and continuing to vaccinate the world.