COVID-19/Public Health Emergencies

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 also are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. Find out how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding.

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Important COVID-19 Websites

CMS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic.

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WHO

World Health Organization

WHO directs and coordinates international health within the United Nations system. Their main areas of work include health systems; heal; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

COVID-19 new coronavirus vaccine, thermometer and medical mask

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit — Medical centers, clinics, and clinicians can use or adapt these ready-made materials to build confidence about COVID-19 vaccination among healthcare teams and staff. This toolkit also provides resources that can be used to educate patients and answer questions about the vaccines.

Best Practices on Vaccine Storage and Handling – An Addendum with best practices and other resources has been added to CDC’s Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit to assist COVID-19 vaccination providers with proper storage and handling of COVID-19 vaccines and aims to help providers meet the requirements of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement. The Addendum will be updated with specific information for each COVID-19 product. You may sign up for email updates anytime the toolkit is updated.

COVID-19 Vaccine Training Module for HCP – A new web-on-demand module, COVID-19 Vaccine Training Module for Healthcare Providers, is now available for healthcare providers who will be administering COVID-19 vaccine. The training includes information about COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations, vaccine safety, and general information about vaccine storage, handling, administration, and reporting.

CMS Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE).

Click here to access our COVID-19 Vaccine page.