CQ Roll Call: Medicaid beneficiaries less likely to get COVID-19 shots

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From CQ Roll Call: Ohio GOP Gov. Mike DeWine announced in May that COVID-19 vaccine uptake among Medicaid enrollees was 22 percent, compared with 45 percent of Ohioans overall — despite recent headlines about new incentives to get a shot, including a statewide $1 million lottery. “Obviously, that’s not a number we’re happy with,” said DeWine. “We must get these numbers up. It’s simply unacceptable.” Health inequities were brought to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic, amplified by socioeconomic barriers. Now, as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States remains stable and eligibility has been extended to almost…

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Healio: Patients with cancer achieve response to messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine

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A high percentage of patients undergoing treatment for cancer achieved a sufficient antibody response to the BNT162b2 messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine, according to study results published in JAMA Oncology. Researchers found that at 13 to 54 days after the second vaccine dose, 90% of patients with cancer (n = 92 of 102) and 100% of healthy controls were seropositive for COVID-19 antispike IgG antibodies. Patients with cancer had a significantly lower median IgG titer than controls (1,931 AU/mL vs. 7,160 AU/mL; P < .001). Results of a multivariable analysis showed treatment with chemotherapy plus immunotherapy was the only variable significantly associated with lower…

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Health Day: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

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Black COVID-19 patients in the United States are more likely to die than white patients, but there would be 10% fewer deaths among Black patients if they could get the same level of hospital care as white people, according to new research. “Our study reveals that Black patients have worse outcomes largely because they tend to go to worse-performing hospitals,” said study co-author Dr. David Asch. He is executive director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation. “Because patients tend to go to hospitals near where they live, these new findings tell a story of racial residential segregation and…

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Science Magazine: ‘This gives hope’: A third COVID-19 vaccine dose can boost protection for organ transplant recipients

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After one dose of a highly effective messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, just 17% of those patients churned out protective antibodies against the pandemic coronavirus, and after the standard two doses, only 54% did. A third dose of vaccine may help: Among 24 organ transplant patients who had no antibodies after two doses, eight people generated protective antibodies after they sought out a third on their own. Six people who had few antibodies against the coronavirus after two doses all wound up with high levels after a third shot, the researchers reported today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the United States, people with…

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Daily Press: Cash, cruises, Super Bowl tickets are among rewards being offered to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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Want tickets to the Super Bowl? An all-expenses-paid cruise through the Caribbean? A check for thousands of dollars? Get a COVID-19 vaccine, and you may win one of those — or a host of other rewards offered to induce people to get their shots. With about 41% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated, officials in public health and the private sector have begun turning in recent weeks to tangible prizes to incentivize remaining Americans to do so. Subtle messaging around incentives — and more generally about the vaccine — are hugely important in the rollout, said Gretchen Chapman, a professor…

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Colorado Public Radio: Million-Dollar Drawings, Drag Queens And Free Beer — How Effective Are COVID Vaccine

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It’s unknown how effective these incentives are, but even small vaccine clinics can create a ripple effect. So how effective are different types of vaccine incentives? When it comes to monetary incentives, like Colorado’s $1,000,000 drawings, the reviews from public health leaders are mixed. Dr. Kevin Volpp is the director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He said, “If [people] are at all on the fence in terms of getting vaccinated, or they haven’t gotten vaccinated because they just haven’t gotten around to it, then this kind of incentive could be a…

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MedPage Today: What Drives COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Moms?

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Mothers are particularly hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and their children, according to the latest data. For instance, one in three younger mothers say they are “extremely unlikely” to vaccinate their children, according to the COVID States Project, a nationwide survey that also found higher rates of “vaccine resistance” among mothers. Behavioral scientist Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, associate professor of nursing and healthy policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, said hesitancy among mothers could center on unfounded fears that the vaccine might affect their fertility, or their daughters’ fertility. Also, younger mothers tend to do…

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