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Various measures have been taken to boost the number of health care professionals available to administer COVID-19 vaccines. This includes a Declaration made by the former U.S. Acting Secretary of HHS on March 10, 2020, under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19 (PREP Act). That Declaration has since been amended several times. The current Acting HHS Secretary anticipates that significantly more vaccines will be available to the public in spring and summer 2021 and wants to ensure that states have the greatest flexibility in mobilizing...

Photo credit: AVMA.org A new best-of-breed resource gives veterinary practices a step-by-step guide to implement and expand telehealth services. Introducing: AVMA Guidelines for the Use of Telehealth in Veterinary Practice. This practical handbook is a hands-on reference for veterinary teams, providing a one-source reference with critical information to make telehealth, in its variety of forms, more successful for patients, clients, and practices: Definitions of the key components of the telehealth landscape Context around federal and state regulations and legal considerations, including the veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) Sample practice workflow Technological and workspace considerations How to engage the practice team...

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is working to ensure everyone who wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine can get it. While the vaccine supply remains limited, our goals are to prioritize vaccinating people to provide maximum community benefits and minimize harms caused by the virus and prioritize vaccinations accordingly. We want to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient, which is why Pennsylvania is taking a phased approach to provide the vaccine as fast as it can be manufactured...

Since the initial news of the Commonwealth’s plans for phased distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations was reported in December, PVMA has been continually trying to get information regarding the veterinary profession’s status in the plan. Early on, the Department of Health told us that veterinarians were in Phase 1B. As far as we know, that has not changed, but we are increasingly concerned that we are no longer getting updates or answers for our requests for clarification. These are the questions we are asking the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office. Are...

PVMA has confirmed that veterinarians* will be included in Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, along with other healthcare providers and essential workers who are not in Phase 1A. The state Vaccine Task Force is currently planning the logistics for this new round of vaccinations. PVMA will keep veterinary professionals informed of any updates; however, details on Phase 1B are expected to be released the week of January 11, 2021. * We can only confirm that veterinarians are in Phase 1B, but we are working to clarify if the rest of...

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