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COVID-19 Partner Update: CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Planning: What You Should Know

Monday, September 21, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET)
Join CDC subject matter experts for an update on what you and your community should know about the CDC’s COVID-19 response and the vaccine program. Speakers include:
• Dr. John Brooks, Chief Medical Officer for the CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response
• Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Unit
• Dr. Diane Hall, Deputy for Partnerships and Risk Management, CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response (Moderator)
The CDC encourages submitting questions in advance. Please email with "Partner Call 9/21" in the subject line. The call will be recorded and posted on CDC's website.

Flu Vaccine Essential during COVID-19 Pandemic

Not only is flu season about to begin, the COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing, further stressing the importance of the flu vaccine. The vaccine could help reduce the overall impact of contagious respiratory illnesses on the population and decrease the burden on the health care system during the overlapping flu season and COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID DEVELOPMENTS -- Department of Defense: Operation Warp Speed

Under the leadership of President Trump and using the resources of the federal government and the U.S. private sector, Operation Warp Speed (OWS) will accelerate the testing, supply, development, and distribution of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to counter COVID-19 by January 2021. OWS is leveraging the best, most talented experts from across the federal government and private industry to develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics quickly without compromising safety.

HHS Update: Trump Administration Release COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy

“As part of Operation Warp Speed, we have been laying the groundwork for months to distribute and administer a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it meets FDA’s gold standard,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “This in-depth, round-the-clock planning work with our state and local partners and trusted community organizations, especially through CDC, will ensure that Americans can receive a safe and effective vaccine in record time.”

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on September 17 that USDA will implement an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, CFAP 2, will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
• CFAP 2 follows the first round of CFAP, which had an application period of May 26 through September 11. You can learn more about USDA’s initial Coronavirus Food Assistance Program by visiting
• Producers can apply for assistance beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020.
• Additional information and application forms can be found at Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from
• For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with FSA county office to see if any of the forms need to be updated.
• In addition to CFAP 2, USDA has other programs and services available to farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at

Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy

Documents released yesterday by HHS and Department of Defense (DoD) provide a strategic distribution overview along with an interim playbook for state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs and their partners on how to plan and operationalize a vaccination response to COVID-19 within their respective jurisdictions.

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COVID-19 vaccine in record time

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

  • CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again (HERE)


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Greater love has no one than this,

that one lay down his life for his friends.

--John 15:13

COVID-19 among healthcare personnel
Cases = 161,184
Deaths = 705

Data were collected from 4,909,175 people, but healthcare personnel status was only available for 1,184,745 (24.13%) people.
For the 161,184 cases of COVID-19 among healthcare personnel, death status was only available for 114,487 (71.03%).


How To Help - Volunteering

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  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers can help in different ways in their communities (call centers, drive through clinics, and more).  Contact an MRC unit in your area to find out how you can help.  For more information visit

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