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World Immunization Week is the last week every year in the month of April. The theme for World Immunization Week 2021 is, “vaccines bring us closer”. The World Health Organization is the main sponsor with its partners and while it has long been the view that global vaccination is the best prevention and protection from diseases, this year it has more meaning. More meaning, because the disease foremost in our minds, globally as a species, is COVID, and we are all regardless of nationality or geography, fighting the same fight.
U.S. Government is Investing Heavily in the COVID-19 Vaccine Drive
The White House has released a statement indicating the administration’s dedication to the vaccination effort:
“With funding in large part from the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest nearly $10 billion to expand access to vaccines and better serve communities of color, rural areas, low-income populations, and other underserved communities in the COVID-19 response. This funding will expand access to vaccines for vulnerable populations and increase vaccine confidence across the country.”
Six billion dollars will be focused on expanding vaccine access in underserved communities. Around 1,400 community health centers will begin receiving this funding this month (April) to that effect. Statistically, over 90% of the patients in community health centers live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and more than half are minorities. Furthermore $3 billion will be dedicated to local public health authorities to support community outreach and initiatives to increase vaccine confidence. The remaining amount will be divided toward other vaccine goals including vaccination for dialysis patients, and heavy investment in community health workers.
How Many People Have Been Vaccinated?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States has the third-largest population in the world. We are more than 330,200,000 people strong, with a new birth every 9 seconds, and a death every 11 seconds. Vaccinating that large of a population is indeed a daunting task, one that requires much coordination, logistics, and staff.
The CDC has been tracking the vaccine rollout, and according to the data so far 192,282,781 vaccination doses have been administered (data as of April 13, 2021). Moreover, 75,322,283 have been fully vaccinated which is 22.7% of the total population. Of the number of people fully vaccinated, a little over 60% are people 65 years or older.
That leaves a lot of people left to be vaccinated, and nurses are taking up the mantel nationwide to get it done.
Travel Nurses Boost the COVID-19 Vaccine Drive
All this information about the vaccine, its availability, the size of our population, and the scope of the drive is important, but it doesn’t specifically address the staffing issues that come to hand when an entire country is trying to vaccinate its populace. Case in point, over 245,300,000 vaccine doses have been delivered, yet the number of doses administered while certainly respectable is quite a bit lower. The number of staff required to take on such a project is enormous, and travel nurses are flying out to vulnerable communities to take it on.
Vaccination travel nursing is another form of crisis response nursing. Travel nurses are arriving to communities hit hard and struggling, and getting to work one vaccine at a time. If you’re interested in vaccine travel nursing jobs, contact us and we can get started. These types of contracts are often set up within a very short period of time. So, you’ll need to be ready to leave once you make the commitment.
Role of Nurses in Vaccination Programs
Nurses have long been part of public health efforts to protect and prevent disease in their communities through vaccination. In the early 1900s, polio and tuberculosis were fought with vaccines administered by nurses in immunization clinics in cities across the U.S. Fast forward over the annual variation of the influenza virus and its annual vaccines, every year these vaccines are being administered mainly by nurses.
Formerly retired nurses were prohibited from administering vaccinations. However, in light of the pandemic and the sheer scope of the COVID-19 vaccine drive, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) changed the rule to aid health centers and clinics in vaccine administration.
Are You Vaccinated?
Be sure to review your compliance documents and vaccination records. Are you up to date on all your vaccines? We’re focused heavily these days on the COVID-19 vaccine, but the others are just important and provide you with vital protection in order to do your job safely for you and your patients.
Have you received a COVID-19 vaccination yet? If so, please make sure you let us know! Once you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19 travel will be easier for you. The CDC has released guidelines for any person who has been vaccinated for COVID. While it doesn’t mean you should go right back to the way life was before the pandemic, in other words, please avoid medium to large public or social gatherings, it does afford you some new freedoms. You’ll be able to travel domestically (within the U.S.) without a pre-test or post-travel test, and you’ll be able to travel domestically without quarantining afterward.
Join Other Elite Travel Nurses and Help Boost COVID Vaccination
Experts say we’ll need anywhere from 70% to 90% vaccination in order to obtain the protection of herd immunity. As we’re onto year number two of this pandemic, everyone is unquestionably ready to be done and over with it. We need travel nurses to help vaccinate communities nationwide. Maybe you’ve been hesitant to do a rural contract because you don’t want to sign up for the rural experience for eight to 13 weeks.
Vaccination or even flu shot travel nursing contracts are often much shorter than the average contract. This could be your opportunity to try out a rural spot without making a long time commitment. Give us a call and we can talk about your options.