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FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On August 23, 2021 the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older– further proving that the vaccine is safe and effective.

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

More than 204 million of the Pfizer shots have been administered, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have not received the vaccinated yet, please do it now. It could save your life and the lives of those you love. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for yourself or your loved one, please contact Cornerstone Family Healthcare at 845-563-8000 or register online by clicking here.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock.

“While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA approved Covid-19 vaccine, the public can be confident that this vaccine meets the FDA’s gold standard for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality that we require for an approved product,” said Dr. Woodcock. ” While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated.”

Learn more: https://www.fda.gov/…/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine

Third COVID-19 Dose for Immunocompromised

Third COVID-19 Dose Recommended for Immunocompromised Individuals

The New York State Department of Health has authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for New Yorkers with compromised immune systems, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation last week. Eligible New Yorkers can receive their third dose 28 days after the completion of their two-dose vaccine series, effective immediately.

The CDC is currently recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose, including people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medications to suppress the immune system;
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection;
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, cancer chemotherapy that causes severe immunosuppression, or other medications that may suppress your immune response.

At this time, CDC does NOT recommend additional doses or booster shots for people who aren’t immunocompromised.

Patients  should contact their healthcare provider about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them at this time. For more information, please call Cornerstone Family Healthcare at 845-563-8000.

Updated August 16, 2021 

Orange County Recommends Everyone Wear Masks Indoors

Provider Blog by Dr. Avi Silber, MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer

In the past month, Orange County has continued to experience a significant increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta Variant. As of August 8, 2021, Orange County’s transmission rate was classified as HIGH by the CDC. In June, the county was labeled as MODERATE, and at the end of July we were at SUBSTANTIAL. Given the aggressive rise in cases of COVID-19, Orange County Department of Health is now recommending ALL PERSONS wear a mask when indoors in public.

Nationally and locally, the majority of severely ill, hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. Breakthrough cases in vaccinated people do happen, but they are much less common. The vaccine is doing what it is supposed to—preventing hospitalization, severe disease, and death.

Only 50% of Orange County residents are fully vaccinated, which leaves our community vulnerable. Our medical staff are also seeing more cases in younger, healthier people. Please continue to talk to your friends and families about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you, your friends, or your family would like to speak with a provider to discuss their concerns or would like to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a Cornerstone Family Healthcare location, please call 845-563-8000.

A few more COVID-19 vaccine updates:

• CDC has recommended all pregnant women get vaccinated based on new data about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more.

• The CDC will likely approve a booster shot of Pfizer and Moderna shortly. The boosters will be for those who are immunocompromised. Specifically, they are targeting organ transplant patients. The final list will likely include other immunocompromised diagnoses and parameters. Cornerstone will keep you informed as this evolves.

Please don’t hesitate to talk to your medical provider with any questions, remember to wear your masks and stay well.

Health Care Workers Answer COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us kicks off with an open and honest conversation between W. Kamau Bell and Black doctors, nurses and researchers that gets to the heart of Black people’s questions about the COVID Vaccines.

This new campaign from KFF’s Greater Than COVID and the Black Coalition Against COVID launches with 50 FAQs designed to dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the vaccines from Black health care workers.

The campaign is produced by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation), a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, and presented by KFF’s Greater Than COVID public information initiative and the Black Coalition Against COVID (BCAC).

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and public health advocate, and Reed Tuckson, MD, Founding Member, BCAC, co-developed the series with KFF and BCAC. Jacob Kornbluth Productions worked with KFF and BCAC to create the videos.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming (January 14 to February 5, 2021). Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.BetweenUsAboutUs.org

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CDC Updates Mask Guidelines for Vaccinated Patients; Going Maskless Outdoors OK In Most Scenarios

As of April 27, 2021, CDC updated its Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People, including the use of masks in outdoor settings. People are considered fully vaccinated if they are two or more weeks past their two-shot vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) or their one-shot vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

According to the CDC: “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.”

Key points of the updated guidelines are:

Outdoor visits and activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people themselves or to those around them.

Small, private gatherings and visits to public indoor spaces likely represent minimal risk to fully vaccinated people. Therefore, the level of precautions taken should be determined by the characteristics of the unvaccinated people present, who remain unprotected against COVID-19.

Although the risk of COVID-19 infection may be minimal to the fully vaccinated person themselves, vaccinated persons should be mindful of the very low potential risk of transmitting the virus to others if they become infected, especially if they are visiting with unvaccinated people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or visiting with unvaccinated people who have people at increased risk for severe disease in their own households.

In indoor public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown. Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a well-fitted mask, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance.

Fully vaccinated people should not visit or attend a gathering or visit public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status of the other people at the gathering.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow any applicable state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

Although the risk of COVID-19 infection among fully vaccinated people is likely low, the following could increase risk:

  • A moderate, substantial, or high level of community transmission
  • Settings with a higher percentage of unvaccinated people (including children) present or people at risk of severe COVID-19 disease
  • Visits to indoor settings especially with poor ventilation
  • The length of the visit, especially if indoors
  • Crowding or when there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance
  • Activities that involve behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distancing
We will provide more information as it becomes available. For specific questions regarding your health and vaccine safety, please contact your health care provider. For more COVID-19 news, visit this page.