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COVID-19 Update | May 14, 2021
Important Highlights
SHEA STATEMENT: Healthcare Personnel Must Continue SARS-CoV-2 Prevention, Even as Community Guidelines Relax
 
SHEA issued a statement warning that it is imperative to continue vigilant infection prevention practices against SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare facilities even as community prevention measures for vaccinated people begin to relax.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that people fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 do not need to wear masks or practice physical distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.
 
SHEA is excited that epidemiological data has confirmed vaccine effectiveness in community settings in recent months. We agree with the recommendations relaxing requirements for post-exposure, and post-travel, quarantine and testing for fully vaccinated individuals.  However, SHEA strongly cautions against relaxing transmission mitigation efforts including masking in communities with ongoing high rates of transmission and within healthcare settings. We endorse and re-emphasize the CDC’s continued recommendation for universal masking in all healthcare settings.
 
CDC recommends that healthcare personnel continue to follow all current infection prevention and control recommendations for SARS-CoV-2, to protect themselves and others from infection.
 
For healthcare personnel, it is often not known whether patients have been vaccinated when they first arrive in need of care, and we provide care for many highly immunocompromised patients who may remain vulnerable to COVID-19 even after vaccination. The potential for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 is not limited to direct patient care interactions since transmission can also occur through unprotected exposures to asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic co-workers or visitors in common areas, whose vaccination status may also not be known.
 
SHEA maintains that for the safety of all healthcare personnel and patients, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) use is critical. All healthcare personnel should continue to adhere to policies and procedures specific for healthcare settings.
 
SHEA’s vision statement is “Safe Healthcare for All.” To accomplish this, SHEA supports continued adherence to SARS-CoV-2 transmission mitigation recommendations to prevent the spread of infections and to ensure that the United States sustains the growing progress in our fight to end the pandemic.
 
SHEA Coronavirus News
SHEA Converse & Convene: Restrictions After COVID-19 (Open to SHEA Members) 
Friday, May 21, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
REGISTER HERE 
This members-only networking event will focus on questions related to restrictions as we start coming out of the pandemic. Please note this event is not recorded and is intended for members to have a candid discussion around this topic. 
Moderator: Hana Hakim, MD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens  
CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19. Children 12 years of age and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
 
Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit  
The materials on this page will help you share clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines when starting or continuing conversations with parents/guardians, as well as information for those who choose not to vaccinate their child.
 
Parent fact sheet: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens 
Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html 
  • Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Update that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter
 
SHEA Education and Events
New this week:
  1. Podcast: Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19
  2. Town Hall Round 47:
    Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 3:00 pm ET 
    REGISTER HERE or watch live on Facebook
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