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March 18, 2021: A Doctor's Note on Vaccine Safety

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Washington, March 18, 2021 | comments

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, during a House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, I asked Dr. Fauci about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

To lead by example, I have received both shots for the vaccine. Operation Warp Speed was driven by science and data to determine the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine.

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I encourage every American to talk with their talk doctor and to receive a COVID-19 vaccine along with me.

National Update:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 88% of individuals who received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine received the second dose in the recommended period of time.   

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new template for molecular and antigen COVID-19 diagnostic test developers submitting an emergency use authorization (EUA) application.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $10 billion to increase screening testing for schools, $2.25 billion to expand testing in underserved populations. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased Medicare reimbursements for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

North Texas Update:
The state of Texas has administered more than 7.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. There was an increase of nearly 1.4 million in the last week, according to DSHS’s news release Friday.

Gov. Abbott and the National Border Patrol Council issued a joint statement responding to the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will instate a mass vaccination clinic this week to vaccinate border patrol agents in Texas. 

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.
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Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. 

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