COVID-19 Update
February 5, 2021

CDC Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a great COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for use with Essential Workers. The toolkit includes several educational resources, including letters to employees, training materials, a fact sheet in multiple languages, and social media messaging tools. We encourage everyone to take a moment to review all these resources and consider using them when educating employees on COVID-19 vaccines.
Johnson & Johnson Applies for Vaccine EUA
On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson applied for emergency use authorization (EUA) for their COVID-19 vaccine from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA advisory panel will review information from the vaccine trials and determine if EUA is recommended. 

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a single-dose treatment, which is the first of its kind in the United States. More information on Johnson & Johnson's request to the FDA can be found here.
On Thursday, February 7, The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shared data regarding the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, and deaths due to COVID-19 within the service system. 

As of February 3, 2021:
  • 8,977 people supported have been confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • 6,561 of these people reside in a certified residential facility. 
  • There have been 594 deaths relating to COVID-19.
  • 12,066 staff have been confirmed to have COVID-19.
OPWDD has not yet supplied more detailed data regarding COVID-19 cases by setting. As a reminder, New York state maintains data on cases by county here.

Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccination Management Webinar
Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) is offering a one-hour informational webinar on Tuesday, March 2, addressing employment practice liability issues pertaining to the vaccination program. Registration information can be found here.
This and all related updates will be cataloged on The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information. 

Josh Christiana, Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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