Published March 17, 2021
Department of Health and Human Services Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce
On March 11, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in accordance with the Administration’s national strategy to end the pandemic, announced the seventh amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act expanding the eligibility requirement for COVID-19 vaccinators. In this declaration, HHS added additional categories of qualified professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include currently licensed and/or certified health professionals, health professionals who were previously active or recently retired, and healthcare students. This action helps ensure that anyone in the U.S. who wants to be vaccinated can receive the vaccine as soon as possible. This action is consistent with AACN’s work to ensure our nursing schools, deans, faculty, and students are able to assist with vaccine administration. For a full list of eligible vaccinators, see the COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce Fact Sheet. For more information on the new PREP Act declaration amendment and how healthcare professionals can get involved in the vaccination process, click here.
AACN Attends Event on the Future of Health Care
On March 12, AACN attended an Axios event on the Future of Health Care, which featured Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Ryan Panchadsaram, the Co-Founder of COVID Exit Strategy. Together these speakers discussed the impact of digital health and its influence on health care. As we continue to navigate the current public health challenge and look ahead to tomorrow’s healthcare issues, speakers agreed that regulations must be addressed to protect our personal health data. Furthermore, Senator Cassidy emphasized the far-reaching impact of telehealth, especially during the pandemic, and how it can dramatically improve a patient’s outcome and lower expenses. For more information on this event and to view a recording, click here.
House Appropriations Committee Sets Deadlines, Commences Fiscal Year 2022 Process
On March 9, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chair of the Appropriations Committee and of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED), issued a Dear Colleague letter outlining guidance and deadlines for appropriations requests in fiscal year (FY) 2022. As the FY 2022 appropriations process gets underway, AACN sent letters to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees outlining our top-line funding request of $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and $193 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research. AACN will continue to actively engage in these efforts as we support essential programs impacting our current and future nursing students, nurses, and nurse scientists.