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Committed to Helping You

We're committed to helping you get through this time. Hear from the Academy President.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Vaccine Access/Eligibility, Side Effects, and Cost

This vaccination effort faces unprecedented challenges in terms of the order of magnitude, the complexity of the vaccine administration, and the limited supply of the product.  Each state has devised its own vaccine distribution plan; although these plans have been described as “works in progress” and continue to be updated and refined.  The links below are intended to provide information about vaccine access, safety information and potential side effects as well as costs.

Contact your local and state health department to ascertain whether audiologists are included in the definition of “healthcare worker.” 

The Academy has also learned that in many states, local departments of health are taking responsibility for vaccinating healthcare providers who are not affiliated with a large healthcare system or hospital.

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COVID-19 and Clinical Recommendations

The best recommendation for all practices is to follow the CDC recommendations. You will want to access the CDC website on an ongoing manner to have the latest information. This is a changing situation and you will want to be up-to-date to protect your patients, your staff, yourself, and your families.

You also will want to monitor state and local recommendations that may impact your practice.

Support Each Other

We also acknowledge that for our members in their own practices, this is a time of financial insecurity with the need to cancel appointments or with patients choosing not to pursue assistance with their hearing issues currently.

You may be an individual in a high-risk group and may feel you cannot see patients at this time. In addition, we know that some of you are facing child-care concerns, as schools and day care centers close under the recommendation of state and local governments. You may not be able to support your practice in person if you need to be home with young children. Some of the virtual strategies above may help.

This is a time when audiologists may be able to support each other by a larger practice offering to support patients who are typically seen at a one-person practice who cannot remain open at this time. This is a time for creative solutions to stay safe and to maintain support for our patients who need to continue to communicate effectively.

Sincerely,

Your Academy Board of Directors


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Telehealth Resources

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