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CLARIFICATION ON VACCINE APPROVALS AND STATUS OF BOOSTERS
There have been several Presidential, CDC and FDA announcements in the past 21 days which have caused much confusion and contradiction for vaccinated individuals.
Here is the accurate clarification on vaccine and booster information, by type of vaccine, which may prove helpful.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- This two-dose vaccine received FULL FDA APPROVAL on August 23, 2021 for those 16 years and older.
- The two-dose vaccine retains TEMPORARY EMERGENCY APPROVAL for children 12-15 yrs old.
- The manufacturer projects TEMPORARY EMERGENCY APPROVAL for children 5-12 by November 1, 2021.
- This vaccine is now produced/marketed under the name Comirnaty.
- A booster shot is STRONGLY encouraged for Pfizer vaccines.
- Pfizer vaccines are available now for the severely immune compromised, but supply is limited so some in this category may have been denied until AFTER SEPTEMBER 20th, when inventory is more replenishable…so do check with your personal physician, local CVS or Walgreen’s after that date if you are in this less-severe immune compromised category, but have been unable to receive it up until this point. This should no longer be an issue after September 20th.
- A ‘third shot’ for non-immune compromised is required for Pfizer vaccine eight (8) months after second shot, HOWEVER the manufacturer (Pfizer), the CDC and the FDA are not in full agreement as yet on this ‘third’ shot for the non-immune compromised. This ruling is expected by mid October.
- The detailed FDA specification sheet for the Pfizer – now Comirnaty vaccine – is attached for your information.
- Moderna two-dose vaccine has received TEMPORARY EMERGENCY APPROVAL for 18 yrs of age and older.
- No TEMPORARY EMERGENCY APPROVAL has been given for this two-dose vaccine for anyone under the age of 18.
- Moderna has indicated that the approval for K-18 yrs. olds is still under study and anticipates temporary, emergency approval sometime in October.
- Moderna is vetting its ‘third dose’ vaccine for all categories – immune and non-immune compromised – and indicates that the ‘third dose’ may also be combined with the ‘flu vaccine’.
- Moderna expects that FDA approval for this ‘third combined flu and COVID shot’ should be announced in November, at the onset of flu season. The FDA has NOT confirmed this, as yet.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
- This one-dose vaccine has received TEMPOPRARY EMERGENCY APPROVAL for 18 yrs.’ of age and older.
- No TEMPORARY EMERGENCY APPROVAL has been given for this one-dose vaccine for anyone under the age of 18.
- Johnson & Johnson has indicated their preliminary studies show no need for a ‘second shot’ of the vaccine; HOWEVER, the CDC nor the FDA have validated this, as yet.
- This vaccine has been used less than Moderna and Pfizer in the State of California.
- This vaccine is NOT used at Diocesan parish vaccination sites.
During the next 60 days, much more information will be available from FDA and CDC on the evolution of these vaccines, the necessity of third/booster/flu shot combinations. Science does require time for research and testing of sample groups.
In the interim, please continue to wear masks – vaccinated or not – to ensure protection from the Delta virus and break-through cases, which are increasing significantly. Consider the fact that reopening in June 2021 by State was predicated on less than 3% positivity rate; it is now nearly 8% in both counties1 If we were still operating under the ‘rainbow’ tiers again, both Counties would be in ‘purple’….
AND PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)Download
COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits and Risks (Johnson & Johnson Fact Sheet)
Bishop McElroy on Vaccinations
COVID-19 Vaccination Information from Riverside County/Información de vacunación COVID-19 del condado de Riverside
NOW VACCINATING ALL INDIVIDUALS 12 OR OLDER
Registration encouraged but not required
-Teenagers 12 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and register for a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine.
-The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines can only be given to individuals age 18 years and older.
-Vaccination of individuals younger than 12 will start as soon as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for them.
Riverside County Vaccination Clinics
Riverside County Public Health and our Partner sites offer vaccination clinics throughout the County.
COVID Testing – Expanded for Low Desert Vicariate/Riverside Residents
American Lung Association COVID Vaccine Information
Hope On The Horizon
The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is a turning point for all of us as we look to a brighter, healthier future. But our road to ending the pandemic hinges on most people getting vaccinated.
We are launching a new video that makes the case for getting vaccinated and going back to enjoying what you love. Watch and share the video with your friends and family, along with our vaccine resources and FAQs, to encourage them to get vaccinated. Together, we can all make a difference.
Click here for more information
COVID News – URGENT (shared by the Emergency Operations Collaborative (EOC) of Diocese of San Bernardino)
Cedars-Sinai Hospital research staff in Los Angeles – which has NOW been designated as the mega-center of the virus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University, the major medical institution tracking this virus in the US.
New Virus Strain, unique at this point, to Southern California. California has had more than 3 million cases of COVID, more than 1 million of which have occurred since Thanksgiving. This is one third more than the state of Texas; twice that of Florida; and two- and one-half times that of New York! (For those who are interested in data and statistics, please visit John Hopkins University website for COVID 19 by Googling same.)
It is important to note that the increase of cases in So California – while initially projected to have been a result of ‘holiday social gatherings’ – is now ALSO seen as a result of the rapid spread of this new virus mutation – spreading nearly 70% faster than the original COVID 19 virus itself.
During the past 30 days – basically since Christmas – the new strain accounts for one out of every four NEW cases of COVID in the So Cal counties – and that number is twice that in Los Angeles County alone.
We share this with you so you are cognizant of the risk of shared ‘live-work-play’ activities between Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire – particularly the west end of San Bernardino County, which has seamless interaction with East LA.
Both Riv and SB Counties reported that increased vaccination supplies should be received within the next two weeks – making the registration much less stressful and frustrating. We pray that is
the case – as so many of those 65 and older have been stymied by the inability to respond quickly to the registration links and the complex process.
Please continue to practice COVID protocols every day…at home, work, and permissible recreation.
New CDC and Federal COVID mandates/guidelines will be forthcoming very soon, as you are aware…they will be shared when finally, approved and available for distribution.
Farmworker Financial Assistance / Asistencia Monetaria Para Trabajadores del Campo
Talleres Virtuales informativos de ansiedad y depresion
Tips to cope with the spread of COVID-19
Consejos para sobrellevar el contagio de COVID-19
The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County has a “Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program” available for residents. CAP Riverside can now help residents who qualify with heating and cooling bills, as well as water, sewer, trash, telephone, and Internet bills.
CAP Riverside is currently accepting applications for assistance by mail, email, or in one of its four drop boxes (Blythe, Desert Hot Springs, Hemet, and Riverside).
Residents can find the application online or by calling CAP Riverside at 951-955-4900 to request an application be mailed to them
For electric and gas utility assistance, customers should fill out the application at https://www.capriverside.org/program/utilityassistanceprogram
- English application – https://www.capriverside.org/Portals/2/PDF/HomePageRotatorLinks/CARES_application_12_10_20.pdf
- Spanish application – https://www.capriverside.org/Portals/2/PDF/HomePageRotatorLinks/Spanish_CARES_Application_12_10_20.pdf
Over $3 Mil available for utility assistance for Riverside County households.
10 Things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Preliminary statement on financial assistance for funeral expenses for those who have passed away due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Recovery assistance will include reimbursement for funeral expenses to families who have experienced the death of loved ones due to the COVID 19 virus, since January 2020. Details will be released in April.
- In anticipation of the April filing period, here are the important points to share with those impacted:
- The application process will open in April 2021, which will require some documentation and have eligibility requirements.
- Death must have occurred in the United States.
- The death certificate must indicate that the passing was attributed to COVID-19.
- The applicant must be the person who incurred funeral expenses. There is no requirement that the actual deceased person be a U.S. citizen.
- Documentation of funeral expenses such as receipts from funeral home contracts, cemetery costs, burial expenses, cemetery plots/mausoleums etc. will be required.
- Documentation, when submitted, should include the applicant’s name, the deceased’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
- Funds will be transmitted via check by mail or direct deposit, once an application is received and approved.
Further details will be available when the formal process begins; but, it is wise for anyone eligible to begin gathering the necessary information, receipts, death certificates now so as to be prepared to file promptly when the program itself is actually launched.
- For any senior issues, call Riverside County Senior Hotline at 800-510-2020
- Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors
- Program overview: OOA Growing List of Food Resources for Homebound Seniors
- English/Spanish flyer: Great Plates_Eng_Span
- Participant application https://riversideihss.org/IntakeAppSenior
Housing for the Harvest
This is a program that offers temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate themselves due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them space to self-isolate. Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.
For more information: covid19.ca.gov/housing-for-agricultural-workers/
Immigrant Families Fund
Millions of immigrants are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, risking their health and well-being every day to keep our society going. And yet, many immigrants were left out of the CARES Act relief. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is providing financial support to immigrant families who have been left out of the federal government’s relief efforts. Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.
- Not eligible to receive a CARES Recovery Rebate (coronavirus stimulus check) from the Federal government.
- Earned less than $99,000 or total household income below $198,000 in 2019.
- Experienced an income disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Step 1: PRE-APPLY – Submit a pre-application today.
- Step 2: APPLY – Depending on eligibility, equity, and available funding, we may invite you to submit a full grant application. If you are invited, you will receive an email from MAF inviting you to submit your full application in our secure portal.
- Step 3: APPROVAL – If we approve your application, we will deposit a $500 grant directly into your bank account within 2-5 business days.
Click here to pre-apply
Importance of wearing a mask and wearing it properly
Please follow the YouTube link. It will visually demonstrate how the coronavirus travels from person to person. Notice how social distance becomes important and how the risk has increased as we spend more time indoors because of the cold weather. Notice too, how the risk is reduced (not eliminated) when the face mask is used and even more so when the mask is properly fitted. On an additional note, an easy way to tell if you have a good mask is simply to try to blow out a candle. If you are able to blow it out, it has failed the test. Let us use extra care, please.
Lift to Rise
Vaccinate to Protect Health of Yourself and Your Community
In partnership with the Catholic health systems and Catholic Charities throughout the Golden State, the Catholic Bishops of California urge all Californians to receive a vaccination to prevent the continued spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than two million people worldwide.
As the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said, the vaccines now available and offered (Pfizer and Moderna) and those currently in the testing approval/process (AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) are morally permissible and can be used in good conscience.
Beyond simply protecting their own health and safety, Catholics also have an obligation to protect their family, friends and community by vaccinating as soon as feasible in accordance with public health guidelines and protocols in their area.