In language submitted to Senator Duckworth, Representatives Jacobs and Matsui, and Appropriations Committee staff, the Collaborative called for a better bidirectional relationship and engagement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the immunocompromised patient community.
Representative Sara Jacobs engaged the Collaborative to help craft a letter to Department of Health and Human Services leadership expressing concern over the distribution of Evusheld and lack of patient access.
Collaborative urges continued development and procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics
In a letter to Congressional appropriations leaders, the collaborative urged allocation of funds directly to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the procurement of existing and new COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. The letter also calls for the allocation of funds for new BARDA partnerships for the research and development of novel therapeutics, in addition to second-generation vaccines.
The Collaborative urged the CDC and the administration to continue supporting widespread COVID-19 testing, deployment of COVID-19 therapeutics, and telehealth flexibility. The letter, which was also shared with Senator Tammy Duckworth's office, also asked that CDC consult with the immunocompromised community on future transmission and mitigation guidelines.
Collaborative and National Health Council provide input on letter from Senator Duckworth to CDC, FDA
The Collaborative joined the National Health Council to provide recommendations to Senator Duckworth’s office on a draft letter to the CDC. The letter addresses concerns for protections for immunocompromised populations and their need for easy access to a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose. Issues in the letter include the need for:
- Clarification on additional booster shots.
- A provider awareness campaign about the fourth shot for immunocompromised patients.
- A plan for ensuring pharmacies have up-to-date information and staff trained on vaccine guidance for the immunocompromised.
- Follow-up actions to ensure providers, patients, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders understand the latest guidance.
The collaborative submitted a letter with 16 signatories to the offices of Senators Murray and Burr in response to the draft text of the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats and Pandemics Act, or PREVENT Pandemics Act. The letter provides specific recommendations by section for incorporating policies that address the needs of the immunocompromised.
The Immunocompromised and the Coronavirus: A Virtual Congressional Briefing
What Policymakers Need to Know to Protect this Population
Watch the briefing recording to hear from immunocompromised individuals, advocates, and policymakers:
- What does it mean to be immunocompromised?
- How are immunocompromised individuals impacted by the pandemic?
- Hear how inadequate patient protections, financial burdens, caregiver challenges, and limited treatment access uniquely affect the immunocompromised community
- What policies need to be in place including addressing vaccine access issues to ensure the immunocompromised are protected?
- How do health disparities impact the immunocompromised?