On March 12, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill 2588A. This vaccine leave law, effective immediately, amends the New York Labor Law to grant employees job-protected paid leave to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.
Earlier this week, March 9, 2021, the CDC issued new guidance that provides that fully vaccinated people can do the following:
1. Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing;
2. Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing; and
3. Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
For purposes of the CDC guidance, someone is considered “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after receiving their final COVID-19 vaccine dose. For individuals who receive the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, this means 2 weeks after the second dose of the vaccine. For individuals who receive the J&J/Janssen vaccine, they will be considered “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after they receive the first and only dose.
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More than nine months after start of the coronavirus pandemic, the beginning of the end finally appears to be within sight. Novel vaccines have shown tremendous promise in clinical trials, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to the first two COVID-19 vaccines—one developed by a collaboration between Pfizer and BioNTech SE and the other developed by Moderna. The first Americans received initial doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday, December 14, 2020—a remarkably quick turnaround from the initial identification of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the end of 2019 to the delivery of the first doses of a vaccine one year later.
While the efforts to bring vaccines to long-term care communities will not begin in earnest until December 21 or December 28, residents of long-term care communities in a handful of states have begun to receive COVID-19 vaccines. To that end, although companies in the seniors housing industry are likely well on their way to preparing for the upcoming vaccinations in their communities, this Special Issue Brief provides some background on the COVID-19 vaccine approvals and an overview of some of the key issues operators should make sure to consider.
To read the full text of this article by Duane Morris attorney Alison T. Rosenblum, please visit the American Seniors Housing Association website.
As the FDA-approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines begin to arrive in New Jersey on December 15, 2020, the burning question on some people’s minds is who will be getting inoculated first?
Per the New Jersey Health Commissioner, vaccines will be distributed to almost anyone who works in the healthcare field. The list of eligible recipients is intentionally broad.
To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.
The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is well known for attention-grabbing tactics. PETA has made several recent statements suggesting the coming demise of animal testing that are quite misleading.
To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner John Simpson, please visit the Duane Morris Animal Law Developments Blog.