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May 24th COVID-19 Update

New updates pertaining to the COVID-19 emergency continue to be announced by both the state and federal government on a regular basis. The latest developments for providers of long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC) and senior services are reviewed below.

As a reminder, LeadingAge NY continues to convene weekly webinars on Mondays at 11 a.m. to address emerging questions on COVID-19. Please note that there was no webinar held this week due to the LeadingAge NY Annual Conference and Exposition. If you have questions for next week’s update, which will be held on Tues., May 31st at 1 p.m. due to Memorial Day, or would like the access information, please contact Jeff Diamond.

Cross-Sector Updates

CDC Strengthens Second COVID-19 Booster Recommendation for Adults 50 and Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new clinical guidance on May 20th recommending the second COVID-19 booster for all adults age 50 and over at least four months after their first booster. In addition, it updated in its clinical guidance the definition of “up to date” with COVID-19 vaccinations to include the second booster for adults age 50 and over who are at least four months beyond their first booster. LeadingAge National has learned from contacts at the CDC that it intends to apply this new definition to health care settings, even though the CDC web page on vaccinations for the general public has not been updated. This creates some ambiguity regarding the enforceability of the new “up to date” definition, but we anticipate that the inconsistency will be resolved shortly. Click here for more information.