PAMED COVID-19 Resource Center
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change our lives and the way you practice each day, PAMED is committed to providing our membership with only the most pertinent and timely updates through this site. Thank you for your commitment to your patients and your membership.
PAMED COVID-19 Briefing:
December 8, 2021
Pfizer, BioNTech Vaccine Neutralises Omicron with Three Shots
On December 8, BioNTech and Pfizer said a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralise the new Omicron variant. Read More
Scientists Find ‘stealth’ Version of Omicron That May be Harder to Track
Scientists say they have identified a “stealth” version of Omicron that cannot be distinguished from other variants using the PCR tests that public health officials deploy to gain a quick picture of its spread around the world. Read More
FDA warns Omicron and other variants may affect the performance of specific COVID-19 tests
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has mutated over time, resulting in genetic variation in the population of circulating viral strains. Molecular, antigen, and serology tests are affected by viral mutations differently due to the inherent design differences of each test. Read More
Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors
On December 7, A federal judge blocked the last of the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates for businesses, saying the government exceeded it authority with a requirement that millions of employees of federal contractors be inoculated. Read More
PA Health Department Season Flu Updates and Reminders
The PA Department of Health recently issued an update regarding the seasonal flu. The healthcare community is strongly encouraged to continue to offer the flu vaccine to all eligible patients as a large percentage of this year’s cases have been influenza A(H3N2) viruses. Historically the H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe flu seasons. Read More
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Got COVID-19 Questions? Let us Help
We know there are a lot of questions out there. PAMED members are welcome to use our online form to submit questions.