2021 Public Health Stories #26

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 26 of 2021.


“When we look back on this moment, it will likely be through the lens of scientific excellence, inequities, the erosion of trust in institutions, and how it all could have been fundamentally worse. It is also the case that one or two of these narratives may rise even further to the top of our minds, to define this era more conclusively. Only time will tell for sure what will happen. However, I would argue there are a number of factors which contribute to making stories “stick” when we think back on key events, and which increase the chance that the stories I have presented here will long outlast this moment.”

Dr Galea talks about “What stories will we tell about COVID-19?”


The figure describes access to full-time, in-person learning disparities among K–12 students.
“To increase equitable access to full-time in-person learning for the 2021–22 school year, school leaders should focus on providing safety-optimized in-person learning options across grade levels in all geographic areas. Vaccination and other efforts to reduce levels of community transmission should be intensified.”

Read the MMWR article from here.


Only 20 States and DC Have Met Biden’s July 4 Vaccine Goal. Where Does That Leave Us? Read Dr Frieden’s article here.

“Here’s what they did right: removed as many barriers to getting vaccinated as possible. For example, providers allowed walk-ins, reduced lengthy registration processes, provided vaccination services at off hours (which helped reach those coming in before or after work), held pop-up clinics at community events, brought mobile clinics to hotspots, and provided transportation to and from vaccine providers, particularly mass sites, when needed. In addition, jurisdictions that proactively worked with community-based organizations and local, trusted leaders to organize and mobilize their communities increased vaccine coverage. States that were a bit slower to open up eligibility seemed to fare better, with fewer registration sites crashing, shorter wait times, and less frustration over limited supply with high demand.”

Disclaimer: Posts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

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