News, MSDC Statements, and MSDC Testimony on Health Equity Issues
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DC Expands List of Providers Who Can Give COVID Vaccine
In a new administrative order on Thursday, DC Health issued new guidance expected to ease the distribution of the COVID vaccine.
The new order notes that the reasoning is to ensure timely reporting of vaccine distribution and that it is available as widely as possible the District. The order has four changes:
- Unlicensed individuals (including medical assistants or health technicians) may administer the COVID vaccine if the person meets four different criteria.
- Each dose of COVID vaccine given must be reported by the facility or provider within 24 hours in DOCIIS.
- A facility is responsible for monitoring and reporting vaccine administration to DC Health by their providers.
- An approved vaccination site is exempt from "mass gathering" restrictions.
Read the entire order here.
Sample of Health Equity Legislation MSDC Tracked
What does it say? The bill allows for the administration of medicinal marijuana in schools as well as allows students to bring sunscreen to schools and apply it without a prescription.
MSDC position: MSDC supports the language permitting sunscreen application in schools
Current status: A win for DC physicians and public health! The legislation passed the Council in February and was signed by the Mayor. Previous temporary and emergency legislation permitted students to use sunscreen at schools this school year already.
What does it say? The bill requires DC Health to establish an electronic Medical Order for Scope of Treatment registry (eMOST).
MSDC position: MSDC supports this legislation to more easily allow patients to make their treatment orders known.
Current status: A win for the physician community and our patients! The Council passed the bill in December and the Mayor signed it into law on January 16, 2020.
What does it say? The bill would implement a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on the distribution of "sugary" beverages. The money collected from the tax would establish a Healthy People, Healthy Places Open Spaces Grant Program.
MSDC position: MSDC sent a letter to Council Chair Mendelson asking for a hearing to discuss all of the issues around a beverage tax.
Current status: The bill was introduced October 8, 2019 and referred to the Committee on Business and Economic Development and the Committee of the Whole.