Week 59 Newsletter
New CDC data finds that authorized vaccines for COVID-19 are highly effective in preventing COVID-19 infection and illness among health care providers.
A number of health systems are now requiring health care workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
(05/21/21) Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Among Health Care Personnel — 33 US Sites, January-March 2021
Newly published data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds the currently authorized mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are highly effective in preventing symptomatic illness among health care providers. The study observed health care workers at 33 sites in 25 states.
(05/21/21) More Hospitals Require Health Care Workers to Get COVID Vaccine
This article from Axios covers news that large health care systems in multiple states have announced mandates for employees to vaccinate for COVID-19. Surveys of health care workers have found this to be a polarizing issue among workers, with nearly 60% saying they would support their workplace mandating the vaccine.
Workforce shortages relating to the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout the US, with high turnover, low pay, and burnout being contributing causes.
Access to Care Issues
(05/21/21) Pandemic Has Made Shortage of Health Care Workers Even Worse, Say Experts
An article from ABC News looking at the current COVID-19 pandemic-related shortages in the health workforce, exacerbated by individuals leaving the workforce through retirement or seeking better job opportunities. High turnover due to low pay in nursing and long-term care as well as pandemic-related burnout and fatigue continue to disrupt the health workforce supply.
(05/21/21) The Health Care Worker Squeeze
This article from Axios looks at the issue of health care workforce shortages, an issue that preceded the COVID-19 pandemic and has been exacerbated by it, according to the Michael Dill, the director of workforce studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Women in the health workforce experienced the greatest loss of jobs and have not recovered those jobs nearly as much compared to their male colleagues.
Changes to Organizational Policies and Guidelines
(05/17/21) Women in Healthcare Are at a Breaking Point—and They’re Leaving
This article featured in Modern Healthcare highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women in the health workforce. Women in the health workforce lost the most jobs in the pandemic, and have not yet recovered from the steepest losses in April 2020.
Health Workforce Safety
Dentists have a lower rate of COVID-19 infection compared to other health professionals, according to a new study.
Advocates argue for a change in health workforce personnel policies to allow clinicians time to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with temporary leaves of absence, reduced hours, changed roles, and other suggestions meant to help these providers.
Asian American health care providers discuss working through the COVID-19 pandemic while also dealing with rising pandemic-related anti-Asian sentiment in the US.
Health Workforce Safety
(05/24/21) COVID-19 Infection Rate Among Dentists Remains Lower Than Other Health Professionals
A new study released by the American Dental Association finds that the rate of COVID-19 infection among dentists is lower than that of other health care professionals, and has consistently been lower throughout the pandemic. High rates of pre-appointment screening and enhanced safety procedures are credited with protecting dentists.
(05/24/21) Give Clinicians Time to Recover from the Pandemic
This article, published in the Personnel Policies section of the Harvard Business Review, advocates for an automatic policy to give clinicians working through the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to experience a recovery period, which could include the likes of temporary leaves of absence, relaxing workflow, reducing hours, role changes, or other changes meant to give clinicians a chance to heal some trauma.
(05/21/21) These Asian American Health Care Workers Are Fighting 2 Viruses: COVID and Hate
This article from CNN asks Asian American health care workers to discuss their experiences working through both the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the rise in targeted harassment and violence many Asian Americans are experiencing as a result of the pandemic.
State Workforce Strategies
Washington State has implemented protections for the health workforce during a declared pandemic-related state of emergency.
State Workforce Strategies
(05/20/21) New State Law Requirements for Health Care Worker Protections During A Declared State of Emergency
This memo from the Washington State Hospital Association highlights the requirements put into law for health workforce protections as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the declared state of emergency to deal with it.