Janssen Vaccine Reaffirmed

Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Zucker announced that NYS would accept the CDC and FDA recommendations to resume use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

DOH distributed a message to vaccine providers regarding the use of the Janssen vaccine which includes links to FDA fact sheets for providers and recipients.

CDC will hold a webinar to update clinicians tomorrow at 2 pm.

Return To Work Guidance

DOH issued revised return to work guidance on April 22. It supersedes the previously issued April 1 guidance. Changes include:

• The definition of exposure has been revised with the underlined words being added: “Exposure is defined as having had prolonged close contact in a healthcare setting with a patient, visitor, or HCP with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment per CDC guidelines; had close community contact within 6 feet of a confirmed or suspected case for a cumulative 10 minutes or more within a 24 hour period; or was deemed to have had an exposure [including proximate contact] by a local health department.”

• For asymptomatic staff who recently traveled internationally, only those HCP who are not vaccinated and have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 3 months must furlough.

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