A Note from Your VCNP President
On Friday evening, the coronavirus vaccine developed by German company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer was given emergency use authorization by the FDA. With the vaccine set to arrive in all 50 states this week, you and your patients may have questions about next steps.
Virtual Vaccine Town Hall – this Wednesday
You’re invited to join a virtual Town Hall about the COVID-19 vaccine this Wednesday, December 16 at 7 pm. Town Hall panelists include Dr. Norm Oliver, Virginia Department of Health: Dr. Ebony Hilton, UVA Health; Dr. Costi Sifri, UVA Health; Dr. Ethlyn Gibson, Hampton University; and Dr. Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, Virginia Department of Emergency Management. You can send questions prior to the event to news@wric.com or post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #VaccinateVirginia.
This event will be live broadcast and streaming at:
COVIDWISE app joins National Key Server
COVIDWISE, Virginia’s free COVID-19 Exposure Notifications app, is now participating with the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ National Key Server, allowing COVIDWISE interoperability with Washington, D.C. and 15 states that have a similar app. This allows COVIDWISE to communicate with other state notification apps to share anonymous bits of information or “exposure notification keys” using a national server that will enable users to find out when they may have been exposed by users from other states.
Help for COVID-19 stress and anxiety
If you or anyone you know are experiencing anxiety or stress related to COVID-19, please call or text VA COPES, a free and confidential COVID-19 response warmline, at 877-349-6428, Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm and Sat-Sun 5-9 pm. Spanish speakers are available.
VCNP will continue sharing COVID-19 information as it’s available. As always, please let us know how VCNP can be a resource to you.
Becky Compton, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
President, VCNP Board of Directors