TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021 PHYSICIANS: The California Medical Association and the San Diego County Medical Association have strongly endorsed Gov. Newsom’s mandate that school children must be mandated once vaccines are approved for children. Dr . Sergio Flores , President of SDCMS, provided the following statement to local news media: “ The San Diego County Medical Society supports Governor Newsom's vaccine mandate for school students. While children are less likely to get seriously ill from COVID, some do; and while most recover some go on to have long–term symptoms which can be debilitating. While avoiding COVID in children and staff themselves is important enough; family members who get sick or need to care for ill children miss work and this further impacts the health and security of families. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ COVID–19 Guidance for Safe Schools recommends vaccination for all eligible individuals. Vaccination will keep kids, teachers, and their families healthy and thriving. ” On September 22 nd , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for a booster dose of the Pfizer mRNA COVID vaccine for those 65 and older and those at high risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, including essential workers whose jobs increase their risk for infection — such as frontline healthcare workers. According to the CDC and CDPH , the following groups should get a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine : People aged 65 years and older People aged 18 years and older in long–term care settings People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions The following groups may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine , based on their individual benefits and risks : People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID–19 exposure and transmission because of occupational institutional setting: First Responders [healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff] Education Staff [teachers, support staff, daycare workers] Food and Agriculture Workers Manufacturing Workers US Postal Service Workers Grocery Store Workers Public Transit Workers Can people who got the Moderna or J&J vaccines get a booster shot ? At this time, the booster authorization only applies to people who got the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots are expected soon. A final reminder that the CalVax Grant deadline has been extended until October 15 th . Individual practices may receive up to $55,000 to support vaccination efforts, and to be eligible, practices must complete Section A of the myCAVax application process. Small practice providers can apply to receive $10,000 for up to five vaccination sites for a total of $50,000. Additionally, small practice providers can receive an additional $1,000 per site (up to five sites for an additional $5,000) if their vaccination sites match high priority areas as noted by the CDPH. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 551–2565 for more information. As always, let me know if you have any questions! 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Pandemic Burnout is Getting in the Way CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … OCT 6, 2021 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Physician Wellness’, Recognize Signs of Burnout, Understand Benefits of Peer Coaching, Discuss Importance of Mindfulness, Describe the Science and Benefits of Gratitude Related to a Physician's Wellness, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by The Doctors Company CLICK HERE OCT 8, 2021 : 10am–4:30pm, 18 th Annual Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations [NEPO] Summit ‘Enduring a Pandemic: How Diverse Clinical Settings Adapted and Succeeded’, 1.75 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA CLICK HERE OCT 12, 2021 : 12–1:30pm, CMA Virtual Grand Rounds ‘Variants, Vaccines, and Epidemiology’, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in Partnership with CA HHSA, CAPA & OPSC CLICK HERE OCT 24-27, 2021 : Medical Group Management Association Medical Practice Excellence ‘Leaders Conference’ [Formerly MGMA Annual Conference], Meet and Listen to Most Influential Healthcare and Medical Practice Leaders Including Aspiring Next–Gen Leaders from Across the US, Full Vaccination Required to Attend, San Diego Convention Center CLICK HERE NOV 17, 2021 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient From Your Practice’, Learn to Educate Staff & Colleagues on Reasons You May Need to Dismiss a Patient, How to Develop an Action Plan if Patient Dismissal is Necessary and Ways to Decrease the Need for Potential Patient Dismissals, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by The Doctors Company CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … ? 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