Today’s TIP News in Review: Moderna COVID vaccine for 18 and older gets full OK; COVID may have ended Ye Olde Fighting Cocks; and yes, vaccinated folks have a greater chance of dying from falling down stairs than from COVID.
Hello, and welcome to TIP News in Review for the week of February 7, 2022. TIP News in Review is a production of The Immunization Partnership. My name is John David Powell.
In today’s TIP News in Review: Moderna COVID vaccine for 18 and older gets full OK; COVID may have ended Ye Olde Fighting Cocks; and yes, vaccinated folks have a greater chance of dying from falling down stairs than from COVID.
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Moderna started the week with full approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its COVID vaccine for folks 18 and older. It started off with just emergency use authorization. And it will now be known as Spikevax.
Public health officials in England are keeping track of measles, now that more than 10-percent of kids in England are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated against measles. UK health leaders worry about an outbreak in schools, and they’re concerned about international visitors from countries with high measles numbers. Yes, we have a vaccine, and it’s waiting for you.
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Health and Human Services and Health Resources & Services Administration announced Tuesday the awarding of an additional $66.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to eight community-based organizations in 29 high-priority states and the District of Columbia. The plan is to expand efforts to use trusted local community voices to inform and educate target populations to increase COVID vaccine confidence and improve vaccination rates. These awards build on previous funding to increase vaccine access for the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities.
No Texas-based organization, but five do work in Texas:
Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations
Center for Global Health Innovation, Inc.
Project Hope-The People-To-People Health Foundation, Inc.
Public Health Institute
University of Arkansas System
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks probably could use some help, too. For those not familiar with ye olde English pubs, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St. Albans lays claim to being Britain’s oldest pub, complete with a history of medieval doves, Oliver Cromwell, and a series of tunnels connecting the pub to a local monastery. But pub owner Christo Tofalli posted on Facebook that he’s closing ye olde pub because of economic difficulties related to the COVID pandemic. A sustained period of extremely challenging trading conditions is the way he phrased it. In other words, high cost of doing business, high taxes, tight profit margins, and no safety net to protect Ye Olde Fighting Cocks. Well, after 12-hundred centuries, or so, maybe it’s time to give ye olde fighting cocks a rest.
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Well, Delaware no masks, that’s for sure. On Tuesday, Oregon joined Delaware, New Jersey, and Connecticut in lifting statewide mask requirements for schools. It’s a sign they’re changing how they manage the pandemic as Omicron cases go down. California said Monday it will end indoor masking requirements for vaccinated people on Feb. 15, but that doesn't extend to schools.
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You know the Steely Dan song that goes: Now you swear and kick and beg us that you're not a gamblin' man, Then you find you're back in Vegas with a handle in your hand. So, what’s that got to do with vaccines, particularly the COVID vaccine? We’re glad you asked. It’s because the odds of you dying from COVID, if you are up-to-date on your shots, are, well, pretty close to zero. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health tracked more than a million vaccinated Americans over most of last year, through times of variant and no variant. They discovered not a single healthy person under 65 had a severe COVID case that required treatment in an intensive-care unit. Zero. Zilch. None. Vaccinated folks over 65, with an underlying medical condition? Just one. Uno. Researchers say 36 deaths were mostly among a small minority of older folks with more than one underlying health condition. Elderly people with one or two chronic conditions? Eight out of more than 1.2 million. That’s about the same odds that sometime this year, you will die after falling down some stairs. You’re three times more likely to die in a car crash or getting hit by a car than dying of COVID after you’ve had all your jabs. And, yes, you have a greater chance of lightening killing you during your lifetime than COVID, if you’re vaccinated.
Sounds like we have another message on the old teletype. This one says that the COVID-19 pandemic added to the challenges members of our community face every day. It also added to the difficulties for many of us in keeping up-to-date with our recommended disease-preventing vaccinations. The Immunization Partnership is the only statewide non-profit organization in Texas dedicated solely to providing immunization education and advocacy. If your Community-Based Organization provides vital wellness services, we would like to help you increase immunization awareness and vaccination rates among our families, neighbors, and friends. We never charge to help you help those you serve. Please contact us by email at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.
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Seems nurses and dentists are just like everyone else. Various studies tell us about 20 percent of the population, more or less, has some level of hesitancy regarding the COVID vaccine. Now, a public health research team from New Mexico State University tells us nurses and dentists are just about as hesitant as everyone else. And on a global scale. They found 20 percent of nurses and 19 percent of dentists around the world flat out refused to get jabbed. Why? Because of concerns over the effectiveness of the vaccine, mistrust in authorities, and listening to bad information. That story from KFOX14 in El Paso.
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We have another reason for getting out of the chair. Seems exercise, like taking a brisk walk, jogging, even riding a bike after your COVID or flu shot might increase its benefits. At least that’s what a team of Iowa State University researchers found. They published those findings in Science Direct. Seems folks who exercised 90 minutes after their shot produced more antibodies than those who did not exercise. That extra immune boost did not seem to increase side effects. Those researchers studied 70 humans and about 80 mice, so, yeah, you could say this study, indeed, was . . . of mice and men. Hey, we’re here all week.
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We have some new research suggesting COVID can destroy placenta and lead to stillbirths in infected mothers. That study in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Researchers in a dozen countries, including the US, analyzed placental and autopsy tissue from 64 stillbirths and four newborns who died shortly after birth. All cases involved unvaccinated women who had COVID during pregnancy. The researchers found more than 90 percent destruction of the placenta in many of the cases. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November found 1 stillbirth in 80 deliveries among infected US mothers, compared to 1 in 155 among uninfected mothers. Another reason for expectant moms to consult with their healthcare provider about the COVID vaccination.
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We hope you'll join us for our 13th Annual Community Immunity Luncheon on April 6, 2022. Dr. Jason V. Terk with Cook Children’s Physician Network in Keller, Texas, will receive the Ralph D. Feigin, MD Award for Excellence, and H-E-B will receive the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership. We also will honor Venus Ginés with our first Community Immunization Champion Award. She is the CEO and Founder of Dia de la Mujer Latina.
Dr. Brendan Borrell is our keynote speaker. He’s a Los Angeles-based journalist and author who grew up in Texas. He’s the author of The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccines, a behind-the-scenes look into how we got today’s COVID vaccines.
You can make your reservation and get more information at immunizeusa.org/getinvolved. That’s one word: getinvolved.
That’s our TIP News in Review for today, Feb. 11, 2022, for the week of Feb. 7.
TIP News in Review is a production of The Immunization Partnership. We invite you to subscribe to our podcasts, Vaxx Voice, which deals with vaccines in general, and Vaxx to the Future, where we feature information specifically related to COVID-19 and its vaccines. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also find more information on our webpage, immunizeusa.org. For all of us at The Immunization Partnership, I’m John David Powell. Thanks for listening.