COVID-19 UPDATE
1-20-2021
In an effort to keep our members current on the latest information regarding the coronavirus crisis, the Medical Society of Delaware is sharing the following:
56K Phase 1B Candidates Register for Vaccinations on First Day

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) recorded more than 56,000 requests from age 65 year and older Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccine candidates to request an appointment at vaccination events.The first 33,000 requests were submitted by 10:00 a.m.

The requests being submitted create a waiting list for vaccination appointments, and do not immediately provide an appointment time and location, which will be offered to requesters as they become available. 
 
DPH drive-through vaccination events will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Delaware City and Georgetown and will provide the first opportunity for persons who requested an appointment to be vaccinated. Invitations to make appointments for these events will be extended on Thursday, with highest priority for the limited slots going to individuals with age and health conditions that put them at greater risk. 
 
Email invitations to create an account and schedule an appointment will come from VAMS, the Vaccine Administration Management System created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for use in multiple states. It will contain an individualized link and instructions. 
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DPH has released a new link to use to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine - vaccinerequest.delaware.gov. Please share with your patients.

President Biden Signs Health Care Executive Orders Today

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed several executive actions, some of which reverse decisions made by the previous administration. The executive actions will make changes to the U.S. response to COVID-19 and try to ease some of the financial strain on Americans resulting from the pandemic.

Among the health care related executive orders are:

  1. 100 day mask requirement in federal facilities and interstate travel
  2. Rejoining the WHO
  3. Whole of government response to COVID
  4. Extending the pause of student loans 
  5. Rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  6. Whole of government response to advance racial equity
  7. Rescinding the exclusion of undocumented aliens from the Census
  8. Preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  9. Rescinding the immigration ban on Muslim countries
  10. Prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
  11. Review and improve the regulatory process

For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, MSD has created a coronavirus resource page on our website. View resource page 
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