DOH Digest

Updates

Recently updated COVID-19 guidance includes Vaccine Requirement FAQ for Child Care Providers, Homeless Service, Self-Testing for the Public, and Commercial Maritime settings. We detail what's been changed.
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Moderna Standing Orders are now posted on the Clinical Information for COVID-19 Vaccine Providers webpage. Here are the revised orders.
Providers who have received supply may immediately begin administering Moderna vaccine to children ages 6 to 17 years of age. Moderna's vaccine is already available for people ages 6 months through 5 years and 18 and older.
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On June 24, Governor Jay Inslee, along with governors from California and Oregon, issued a Multi-State Commitment to defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives. They also committed to protecting patients and doctors against efforts by other states to export their abortion bans to our states. Read Gov. Inslee’s news release for details.

Financial Services

DOH’s Contracts and Procurement Team have begun distributing June Amendments to the Consolidated Contract to local health jurisdictions. Contract materials are available to site members in one convenient location.

Funding Opportunities

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On July 1, 2022 the Washington State Department of Health’s Healthcare-Associated Infections / Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) program will launch a request for applications for additional funding to support programs of local health jurisdiction and COVID-19 prevention and response activities. 

Notifications

DOH's Office of Drinking Water is moving to a remote work environment as our agency closes the Kent office by the end of July. We will continue to provide information and response to questions about water systems, but there may be a delay in our response as we make this transition. Find out what this means for support, records, and more.
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The DOH Mobile Nurse Team is preparing for ongoing vaccine access and equity needs across the state. Based on your plans for the next six months, the team will either increase vaccine capacity or continue at the same capacity. We created a short survey to gather and assess our state’s vaccine needs for long-term care facilities and people who are home-based. We’d appreciate your response to the survey no later than Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
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The Washington Tracking Network just launched the Community Report tool, which provides you access to all the available health measures for a given area. Read how the tool can make it easier to understand the health of your community.

DOH has completed the annual update to the Emergency Biologics Directory 2022. The directory was sent to contacts at each local health jurisdiction. If you would like a copy, email a request to PHOCIS-Engagement@doh.wa.gov.

Communication Resources

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You can help ensure more people in your community are aware of local cooling centers by including them on the 2-1-1 map of cooling centers.
The onset of the summer season may have residents in your communities in need of resources such as cooling centers and guidance on how to care for pets and small children. Here are links and social media graphics you can share.
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DOH created a social media graphic and accompanying text to let people who test positive for COVID-19 know they may be eligible for antiviral treatment to minimize symptoms. The graphic and messaging are available in English and Spanish.

Learn and Share

The Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Group is offering De-escalation Communication Training in July and August. The training is designed to help navigate difficult conversations and focus on clear and effective communication.