As many of you already are aware, the FDA recently issued Emergency Use Authorizations for Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer.
The first group of high priority individuals, who are classified as Group 1A, includes first responders such as EMS and Police and Fire personnel.
Weston EMS is pleased to be included in this group. Members began getting their vaccinations in late December. With this added protection, Weston EMS can continue to protect our volunteer members and the Weston community during this latest surge in Covid-19 cases and be there when you call 911.In the picture: EMS members receive vaccinations. In the center, Noah Bachner. Clockwise from the upper left: Gib Shea, Gary Clayton, Sharon Jaffe, Adria Belport, Eric Bibler, Martina Kaeslin, John Loeser, John Braden.
Group 1A also includes healthcare workers who have direct contact and direct or indirect exposure to infected patients, and residents of long-term care facilities.
We ask that you continue to wear masks and socially distance to help contain this pandemic.
We are now in flu season
Symptoms of influenza and Covid-19 are quite similar. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to get a flu shot.
The CDC points out that because some symptoms of the flu and Covid-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Tests may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
See below for the CDC information on signs, symptoms and differences.
Alerts from Federal agencies
Federal agencies are asking people to beware of fraudulent coronavirus tests, vaccines, and treatments.
It has come to the attention of the FDA that some people and companies are marketing products that make false claims of being effective against Covid-19.
Products that claim to cure, treat, or prevent Covid-19 but have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness might be dangerous to you and your family.
The FDA has also reported seeing unauthorized fraudulent test kits for Covid-19 being sold online. For more information, please visit the FDA’s consumer updates page.