A Doctor's Note on COVID-19
This week, Speaker Pelosi imposed a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives regardless of vaccination status. I told Chris Cuomo on Wednesday evening that this action will discourage those who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from doing so. Americans need to listen to their doctors, not talk show hosts, about receiving the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance recommending masks indoors in COVID-19 hot spots regardless of vaccine status.
- The CDC advises communities to adjust their COVID-19 prevention strategies based on the factors listed here.
- Regardless of vaccine status, the CDC encourages indoor masking for all students, teachers, and staff at K-12 schools.
The Health Resources & Services Administration provided$121 million to enhance the Local Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Access Program.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded $250 million in grant dollars to Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers to enhance access to substance use disorder and mental health services as part of COVID-19 recovery.
The Food and Drug Administration extended the Johnson & Johnson/Jassen vaccine shelf life to up to six months.
North Texas Update:
Texas is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations The Texas COVID-19 data dashboard can be found here.
Until tomorrow, this is your doctor's note.
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.