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This analysis uses nursing facility-level data reported by the federal government to track the increase in vaccination rates among nursing facility staff nationally and by state between August 2021 (when the vaccine mandate was first announced) and March 27th, 2022 (after the vaccine deadline for health workers had passed in all states). Additionally, this analysis provides state-level information on booster rates among nursing home staff and the prevalence of staffing shortages after all vaccination deadlines had passed.Issue Brief Read More
Headed Back to School: A Look at the Ongoing Effects of COVID-19 on Children’s Health and Well-Being
Emerging COVID-19 variants, like the Omicron subvariant BA.5 that has recently caused a surge in cases, may pose new risks to children and create challenges for the back-to-school season.
Children may also continue to face challenges due to the ongoing health, economic, and social consequences of the pandemic. This brief examines how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect children’s physical and mental health, considers what the findings mean for the upcoming back-to-school season, and explores recent policy responses.
Update: The Number of People Not Up to Date on Vaccination in Counties with Elevated COVID-19 Community Levels is Growing
This post provides updated estimates the number of people who are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination living in counties designated by the CDC as being “high” or “medium” COVID-19 community levels. These are areas of elevated risk, with relatively high levels of new COVID-19 cases and strained hospital capacity. This analysis finds that the number of those not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination, and the most at risk for severe illness, living in areas of elevated risk has grown since early June 2022.Issue Brief Read More
COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among Children Under 5 Have Peaked and Are Decreasing Just Weeks Into Their Eligibility
Children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years of age finally became eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. on June 18, after the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended their use for this population, following emergency use authorization granted by the Food and Drug Administration. Here, we examine the status of vaccine uptake in this group, one month into their eligibility.Issue Brief Read More
How Will the Prescription Drug Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act Affect Medicare Beneficiaries?
The brief provides a quick explainer of the prescription drug provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law on August 16, 2022 and presents new estimates on how many Medicare beneficiaries could be helped by those provisions.Issue Brief Read More
This tracker provides a listing of global health-related legislation introduced in the current Congress.Fact Sheet Read More
This policy watch examines early data showing that Black and Hispanic people are bearing a disproportionate burden of monkeypox cases and discusses the importance of centering equity in response efforts, including prevention, testing, and treatment.Blog Read More
This Vaccine Monitor survey finds about one in five parents of children under age five say they will get their child vaccinated right away, and another 38% plan to wait and see how the vaccine is working for others. With mask mandates lifted in many areas. most workers say they feel safe at their workplace, though Black, Hispanic and low-income workers are less likely to feel “very safe.”Poll Finding Read More
Long COVID has been described as our “next national health disaster” and the “pandemic after the pandemic,” but we know little about how many people are affected, how long it will last for those affected, and how it could change employment and health coverage landscapes. This policy watch reviews what we know and outlines key questions to watch for regarding employment and coverage outcomes. We continue to follow the research on who is most at risk of long COVID and whether there are interventions that can reduce its incidence, length, or severity.Blog Read More
This is an updated analysis of COVID-19 cases and deaths by race/ethnicity that incorporates more recent data and age-adjusted incidence and mortality rates.Issue Brief Read More