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COVID-19: OSHA Extends ETS Comment Period; Booster Shot Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended to Aug. 20 the comment period for the COVID-19 health care emergency temporary standard (ETS).

OSHA published the ETS in June to protect health care workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where workers are likely to have contact with infected individuals.

CDC: Booster Shots Unnecessary

In a joint statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said fully vaccinated individuals do not need COVID-19 booster shots at this time.

CDC, FDA, and the National Institutes of Health are all engaged in scientific processes with laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data to determine if a booster shot will be necessary in the future. The agencies are prepared with booster shot doses if the science determines they are necessary.

Children and COVID-19

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) concluded that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination to individual persons and at the population level clearly outweigh the risks of myocarditis after vaccination, which has been reported as an elevated risk for males aged 12–29.

In addition, more than half of unvaccinated adolescents aged 13–17 years and more than half of parents of unvaccinated adolescents aged 12–17 years reported intent for adolescent COVID-19 vaccination. The most common factor that increases vaccination intent is receiving more information about adolescent COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy. This finding indicates that public education and communication of vaccine benefits could help to increase adolescent vaccination rates and confidence.

CDC also updated guidance on COVID-19 prevention in K–12 schools and COVID-19 guidance for operating early care and education programs. The guidance notes that:

  • returning to in-person education is a priority;
  • promoting vaccination is the leading prevention strategy;
  • unvaccinated children should continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded settings;
  • schools should maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms; and
  • screening, testing, ventilation, hand-washing, and respiratory etiquette; staying home when sick and getting tested; contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation; and cleaning and disinfection are important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.

Toolkit for People with Disabilities

CDC updated the COVID-19 toolkit for people with disabilities, which includes various resources on vaccine access, prioritization, and key considerations for disabled individuals and their caretakers.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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