Week in Review: July 30

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines, as the aggressive delta variant spreads across the nation and some communities report troubling increases in hospitalizations among unvaccinated people. The VA’s move came on a day when nearly 60 leading medical and health care organizations issued a call for health care facilities to require their workers to get vaccinated. Via Associated Press

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CDC recommends masks indoors even for some vaccinated against Covid-19

Federal health officials will recommend Tuesday that even people who’ve had their Covid-19 shots wear masks in indoor settings in some places, a major setback in the progress in the U.S. epidemic that reflects a surging coronavirus variant and the country’s ongoing struggles to increase vaccination rates. Via STAT

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Pfizer Just Said Doing This "Strongly" Boosts Protection From Delta Variant

Experts have gone back and forth about the necessity of a third dose for the COVID vaccines approved for use in the U.S. While some experts believe a booster shot is necessary to protect against the Delta variant and mitigate waning efficacy, others say the vaccines are sufficiently protective without an additional dose. Now, Pfizer has released new data that shows a third dose of its COVID vaccine "strongly" boosts protection against the Delta variant, making a case for another shot. Via Yahoo! Life

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Mayo Clinic News

COVID-19 cases in NE FL continue to climb, projections from Mayo Clinic show no flattening of curve

COVID-19 cases in Northeast Florida continue to climb, and projections from Mayo Clinic show no flattening of the curve. “There’s a projection from the Mayo Clinic that looked at current rates of infection and projected two weeks out and the concerning part is the transmission is going to double in the Duval area,” explains Dr. Mohammad Reza. Researchers at Mayo Clinic are seeing about 130 new cases per 100,000 daily right now on the First Coast or 1,208 daily average cases. Via News4Jax

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Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report

Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville operation was ranked No. 1 in Florida in the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" rankings, which were published on Tuesday. It has ranked No. 1 in the state for five of the past six years as well as No. 1 in Jacksonville. Mayo Clinic in Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranked No. 1 in the nation. Via Jacksonville Business Journal

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COVID-19 vaccine: If you had no side effects, are you protected?

The FDA is concerned that antibody testing could lead to a more relaxed attitude toward taking precautions against infection with the new coronavirus. This in turn could result entrusted Source an increased spread of SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Elitza S. Theel, director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, responded to MNT about antibody testing. “There is not yet an established correlate of immunity for SARS-CoV-2 like we have for other vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Theel. Via Medical News Today

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.