Administration & Agency Updates

Recent Administration & Agency Updates


COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Resources

Tribal Leaders, Public Health Officials, and Indian Country Professionals can now use the new resources on COVID-19 boosters that the We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign has recently released. This toolkit can provide helpful posters and flyers, social media templates, and shareable videos to help educate American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) to know why all vaccinated adults ages 18 and older should…

CMS Announces COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, and Counseling Policies

On December 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that CMS requires states to cover COVID-19 vaccine counseling visits in which health care providers talk to families about the importance of kids’ vaccination. CMS will match COVID-19 vaccine counseling-only visits at the American Rescue Plan (ARP) 100% federal match rate only when provided to children and youth under age 21…

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States

Effective December 6, 2021, all passengers from all airlines are required to provide a proof of negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19 entering into the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) amended its October 25, 2021 Amended Order, titled, “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19…

Vaccines and Boosters Available to Tribal Citizens

There are three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 vaccines. All three of the available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. Two of them, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response inside our bodies. The third, Johnson &…

Omicron Variant and Infection Control for Tribal Healthcare Workers

More than 17 states have reported cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 since it was first detected in the U.S. last week. Although it is not clear how transmissible Omicron is or how effective existing COVID vaccines are against it, Tribal healthcare workers should continue following infection control practices while providing care within Tribal communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

Grant Opportunity – Community-Based Workforce to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, Deadline, December 10, 2021

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a grant opportunity to strengthen vaccine confidence, provide further information and education on the vaccines, and improve vaccination rates. Eligible applicants are non-profit private or public organizations, including Tribes and Tribal organizations. Estimated total program funding is $66,500,000. HRSA will fund applicants with experience and expertise implementing public health programs across broad geographic areas. The…

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