Nurse's Updates

April 15, 2021.  Recent news about the joint FDA / CDC pause on using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has raised some good questions about the development and monitoring of vaccinations.  While we await the report from the ACIP we will address some current questions here. What is the foundation for developing the vaccines so quickly?  Worldwide funding, scientific...
Apr. 7, 2021. On April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization was founded.  The WHO has promoted World Health Day on this date ever since. Until last year, most of us were probably not aware of the importance of promoting global health.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has shown us that a microscopic virus can quickly affect the entire planet and reveal...
April 1, 2021.   The Governor recently announced that the statewide pooled testing program, funded entirely by the Commonwealth and available to every Massachusetts public school at no cost, has been extended through the end of the school year.  Initial data collected from this initiative shows low positivity rates in Massachusetts schools – far less than 1 percent –...
March 29, 2021.  Please note the following revised travel protocols for HPS: Domestic travellers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more prior to travelling) and who do not have symptoms are now exempt from the HPS...
March 18, 2021.  :Let's stay SMART* with all that we've learned about Covid 19.  Consider the knowledge we've gained from the alphabet soup of public health policy organizations:  the WHO, CDC, and DPH but also the daily personal gestures from family, friends, and colleagues..  Every effort has made a difference It's important to remember that these...
March 17, 2021.  As you may know, free Pooled Testing for Covid-19 is now available at Hatfield Public Schools through April 18 thanks to a state-wide DESE initiative.  As we transition to full, in-person learning, pooled testing will add an important, convenient and time-efficient layer to the comprehensive safety protocols already in place at HPS.   ...
March 14, 2021.   Here's some information to help you and your family plan and prepare for your Covid 19 Vaccinations... How do I sign up for my vaccine?  Massachusetts has recently updated the online eligibility and enrollment page to allow eligible persons to pre-register.  Visit the  MA Gov Covd 19 Vaccination Site for more information. How do the...
March 11.   We’re pleased to announce that HPS is now offering free pooled COVID testing for all students and staff who wish to participate through April 18 on a pilot basis.   As we bring more students back into school for more days, we want to do everything we can to keep the schools open while assuring that our students,staff, and community at large stay as...
March 9, 2021.  The MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has recently announced the following: All youth who have had a positive COVID test should be cleared by their pediatric health care provider teams prior to returning to organized sports. Even those who are asymptomatic could be at risk for cardiac issues related to COVID 19 infection. Also, please remember that...
March 7.  We are grateful for the diligence of families, students, and staff to help the schools be safer places for learning during this covid pandemic year.  The combination of facilities upgrades, masking, sanitizing, and distancing have greatly reduced the risk of covid transmission.  However, there is another measure that needs to be followed:  the instructions on the...

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