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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published June 30, 2021

American Association of College of Nursing - Washington Weekly - Your Inside Track to Federal Policy

COVID-19 Update: Ongoing Focus on Vaccine Distribution and Administration

As the Delta variant spreads across the globe, and as we continue to combat COVID-19 here at home, Congress and the Administration remain engaged in ongoing vaccination efforts. In fact, On June 22, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, “Vaccines: America’s Shot at Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Panelists included medical and education professionals who emphasized the need to meet people where they are as we work to end this public health emergency. To watch the HELP hearing, click here.

On June 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a webinar titled, “Motivate to Vaccinate: National Month of Action for COVID-19 Vaccinations.” As of today, the CDC reports 57.2% of the adult population (18 and up) are fully vaccinated, and 66.2% have received at least one dose, falling short of the Administration’s goal of having 70% of adults receive at least one shot before the Fourth of July. Participants in this webinar also highlighted the multifaceted approach needed to ensure vaccination efforts reach all communities, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural areas. To watch the full webinar, click here.

To locate where to receive a vaccine, visit Vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-800-232-0233.

AACN Attends the Atlantic’s Health Equity Summit

On June 22, AACN attended the Atlantic’s Virtual Health Equity Summit, which featured leading experts and public health officials from across the country. A highlight from this conversation included the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Beccera, who discussed the Biden Administration’s plan to combat racial disparities in public health. Other panelists touched on potential pathways to improve health outcomes for all populations, including those from rural and underserved areas. To access the Summit’s recordings, click here.

Deadline Extended for Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has extended the deadline for Faculty Loan Repayment Program applications to Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm (ET). This program supports health profession educators, including Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, who want to help prepare future members of the healthcare workforce. For more information on this program, click here. To apply to the Faculty Loan Repayment Program, click here.