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Covid-19 vaccination is the “primary way” to fight the pandemic, 58 medical organizations sign a joint statement



Virginia, DC and Maryland leaders urge eligible people to get Covid-19 booster shot

Covid-19 vaccination seems to be the only way to fight the pandemic at the moment.

Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Nursing, American Medical Association and many other organizations signed a joint statement outlining their advocacy for vaccinating long-term care and health care employees. A total of 58 medical organizations have signed the statement.

According to the medical groups, they see the vaccination process as the only way to avoid future lockdowns and to have significant decrease in Covid-19 deaths nationwide.

Their call for Covid-19 vaccine mandates is mainly due to two reasons:

  • First reason is that many Americans are still unvaccinated, which makes them more susceptible to the delta variant.
  • And the second reason is the delta variant itself, which is currently devastating unvaccinated people throughout the country.

They concluded: “By vaccinating as many people as possible, we are putting patients and long-term care facilities residents on first place, which is also our ethical commitment.”

Part of the letter states:

Because of highly contagious variants, including the Delta variant, and significant numbers of unvaccinated people, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are once again rising throughout the United States. Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures.

Unfortunately, many health care and long-term care personnel remain unvaccinated. As we move towards full FDA approval of the currently available vaccines, all health care workers should get vaccinated for their own health, and to protect their colleagues, families, residents of long-term care facilities and patients. This is especially necessary to protect those who are vulnerable, including unvaccinated children and the immunocompromised. Indeed, this is why many health care and longterm care organizations already require vaccinations for influenza, hepatitis B, and pertussis.

Below you can find the organizations which signed the letter:

  1. Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
  2. American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)
  3. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
  4. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  5. American Academy of Nursing (AAN)
  6. American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  7. American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
  8. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  9. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
  10. American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)
  11. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  12. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
  13. American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
  14. American College of Physicians (ACP)
  15. American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
  16. American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  17. American Epilepsy Society (AES)
  18. American Medical Association (AMA)
  19. American Nurses Association (ANA)
  20. American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  21. American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  22. American Public Health Association (APHA)
  23. American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  24. American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
  25. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  26. American Society of Hematology (ASH)
  27. American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
  28. American Thoracic Society (ATS)
  29. Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  30. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  31. Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC)
  32. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  33. Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)
  34. Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)
  35. HIV Medicine Association
  36. Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  37. LeadingAge
  38. National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA)
  39. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
  40. National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  41. National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
  42. National League for Nursing (NLN)
  43. National Medical Association (NMA)
  44. National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA)
  45. Nurses Who Vaccinate (NWV)
  46. Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)
  47. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)
  48. Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc (PNAA)
  49. Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)
  50. Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  51. Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)
  52. Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP)
  53. Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)
  54. Texas Nurses Association (TNA)
  55. The John A. Hartford Foundation
  56. Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)
  57. Virgin Islands State Nurses Association (VISNA)
  58. Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)

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