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 Please read through it carefully.
Dear CMG Members,

Essential updates for 1.28.21:
COVID-19 Vaccine Educational Webinar
CMG is hosting an educational webinar on the COVID-19 Vaccine tonight, January 28, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Please join us for information, including clinical topics and operational issues regarding vaccine distribution. Karen Brown, M.D., who helps lead the YNHHS Vaccine Program, will be our guest speaker.

Click here to register. 
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Updates from DPH:

Connecticut continues in Phase 1b of the state-wide COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. 

Currently Scheduling:
  • Individuals 75 years of and older

Scheduling Next (likely in February):
  • Individuals between the ages of 65 and 74

Scheduling information coming soon:
  • Front line essential workers (view additional information here)
  • Those with an underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness
  • Individuals and staff in congregate settings (view additional information here)

For more information, visit the CT Vaccination Portal.

Update from YNHH:

Patients can schedule online directly here whether they have a MyChart account or not. If they do not have a MyChart account they can register as a guest or set one up.

Direct questions about the vaccine or for help scheduling vaccination call 1-833-ASK-YNHH (275-9644) for assistance.

For MyChart or technical issues, call 475-246-8041 for assistance.
COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
NEW! You and your patients can locate a vaccination site by zip code, click here or visit https://bit.ly/3cgNdGl.
COVID Vaccine Volunteer Opportunities
YNHH is looking for volunteers to assist with COVID vaccine administration. Current medical staff and other licensed providers can register to volunteer to assist with vaccine clinics. Please see the attached letter explaining the process as well as detailed instructions for registering here.
Human Resources Information
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its Technical Assistance Q&A web page to provide guidance on how employers can implement vaccination programs and what factors must be considered to ensure compliance with applicable EEO laws. You can review the EEOC’s guidance here (see Section K, Vaccinations). You may also find the following additional information helpful:
 
  • To view employment-related vaccine information from CMG’s HR partner, The Human Resource Consulting Group (“HRCG”), click here.

  • To view the webinar presentation hosted by the law firm of Garfunkel Wild, PC entitled "Handling COVID-19 Employee Vaccinations, Updated Leave Entitlements & Addressing Violations of COVID-19 Protocols," you can either download the presentation here, or you can also listen to and view the full webinar on Garfunkel Wild's YouTube channel here.

As always, we encourage you to reach out to CMG’s HR partner, HRCG, at Robin@hr-consulting-group.com.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has compiled a set of “Answers to the Most Common Coronavirus Questions,” which you can access here.
Payment Protection Program Resources
  • Human Resource Consulting Group (HRCG) has created a detailed guide to support practices in understanding the new relief bill's impact. Topics covered in the guide include:
  • Revised and Renewed PPP
  • Second-Time Borrower Eligibility
  • Expansion of Covered Expenses
  • Minority, Underserved, Veteran, and Women-Owned Businesses Set-Asides
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave (EFMLA) Extension under FFCRA
  • And more...

  • Click here for a comprehensive and reader-friendly summary of the re-opened program by Shipman and Goodwin
Telemedicine
(Note: This excel sheet is a large file and updated regularly. It may be helpful to download and save the file to your desktop for quick access.)

*This document was last updated on January 22, 2021.
Weekly CDC and DPH Update
Please see today's summary from the CDC and DPH here. 
Information you may have missed:
COVID-19 Patient Handouts
CMG created COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Sheets to hand out to your patients:
Interesting Reads
COVID-19 resources and links
Stay safe. Be well. God bless.

Best,

Joseph L. Quaranta, MD

Joseph L. Quaranta, MD
President, Community Medical Group