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February 18, 2022
Advocacy in Action
ACP encourages members to advocate to have these questions removed so that those who need it seek help.
Congressional news and perspective
Priorities include increasing PPE, vaccine development, planning for booster distribution, and permanent use of telehealth.
ACP is hopeful that Congress will take action before pandemic-era subsidies and tax credits expire at the end of the year.
In other COVID-19 news, ACP and Annals of Internal Medicine presented “COVID-19 Forum VIII: Outpatient Evaluation and Management of Patients with COVID-19” on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The eighth edition of the forum series featured expert panelists discussing appropriate testing, quarantine and isolation periods, management of symptoms, and recommended treatments. The forum was moderated by Rebecca Andrews, MD, FACP, associate program director of categorical internal medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington and Chair of ACP's Board of Governors. The panelists included Jason Gallagher, PharmD, clinical professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia; Roy M. Gulick, MD, MPH, Rochelle Belfer Professor in Medicine and chief of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City; Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, Warren Alpert Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine and academic dean at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I.; and Paul E. Sax, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and clinical director of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The full recording of the forum is available for replay and was published in Annals of Internal Medicine along with commentary by Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Internal Medicine.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) released its 2022 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, simultaneously published in Annals of Internal Medicine and in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), that includes changes to the zoster, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B vaccines. The 2022 schedule includes information on COVID-19 vaccine, which can be co-administered with other vaccines and is particularly important because many adults have fallen behind on routine vaccinations due to the pandemic.
A series of videos by Dr. Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD, MACP explaining ACIP's process, how to use the schedule, and changes to specific vaccines, including flu, are available.
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