U.S. COVID-19 Update eNewsletter
January 11, 2022

Groups Decry Pharmacists' Exclusion From Ordering COVID-19 Oral Drugs
Pharmacists have played a key role in the COVID-19 pandemic thus far in ensuring Americans receive timely vaccines and testing. Find out how new Emergency Use Authorizations for oral COVID-19 medications exclude pharmacists from ordering and administering the drug and why key pharmacy groups argue so strongly that is a very bad idea.


Vaccinated Immune-Dysfunction Patients at Higher Breakthrough Infection Risk
Pharmacists might want to take some extra time to counsel immune-dysfunction patients who receive SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 vaccinations that they remain at higher risk for breakthrough infection than others. A new study from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative suggests they should continue to use other precautions, such as masks, testing, and additional vaccine doses. Read more.

Study: More Evidence COVID-19 Vaccination Is Safe During Pregnancy
Understandably, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially stressful for women who are expecting a child. That stress heightened with evidence that pregnant women had increased risk for severe illness and adverse birth outcomes. A new study provides pharmacists with more reassuring information to share in an effort to increase vaccination rates in that cohort. Read More.

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