Now that COVID-19 vaccines are coursing through millions of bloodstreams, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed some of its recommendations on masking, it might be difficult for you to keep track of the current state of face coverings – and how it affects your practice.
The pandemic highlighted the need to revitalize the infrastructure of our public health system and to protect it from political influence at all levels. The trauma inflicted by the pandemic has touched all of us. Many have lost family members or friends. Other stresses include loss of employment, insurance coverage, housing, and access to health care.
Speaking to colleagues in her home state, American Medical Association (AMA) President Susan R. Bailey, MD, rallied the TMA House of Delegates to stand behind and fight for their physician colleagues “until the last day” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adolescents are next in line to obtain COVID-19 vaccines. To prepare for this big step in combating the pandemic, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages physicians and other health care professionals in Texas Vaccine for Children (TVFC) to enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program, the agency announced.
As it has done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Medical Association continues to stress the importance of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, and receiving a vaccine when eligible as the most effective ways to stop the disease.
Are you getting frequently asked questions from patients about the COVID-19 vaccines? The Texas Medical Association has created a series of shareable social media graphics to help you answer those questions.
The Texas Medical Board’s (TMB) minimum safe-practice standards are no longer in place, the Texas Medical Association has learned. However, TMB recommends practices continue to follow federal guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Quick How-To Testing Guide
TMA COVID-19 Vaccine Administrator Checklist
Where to Buy Personal Protective Equipment
COVID-19 Pediatric Symptom Severity Chart and Parental Guide - English Version
COVID-19 Pediatric Symptom Severity Chart and Parental Guide - Spanish Version
COVID-19 Safety Is Everyone's Business
Guide for Physicians: Achieving Successful Returns to School
Family Violence During COVID-19
COVID-19 Testing Decision Tree - English Version
COVID-19 Testing Decision Tree - Spanish Version
TMA's Symptom Tracker
Medical Ethics and COVID-19
General Overview of State Civil Liability Protections for Volunteer Physicians
PPE Distribution FAQ
Behavioral Health During COVID-19: Tips and Strategies for Helping Patients Manage Distress
Practice Viability FAQs
White Paper Explains Non-Urgent Procedures Rule
Specialty Society Guidance on Non-Urgent Procedures
PPE Supply & Shortage FAQs
Infection Control FAQ
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Texas DSHS COVID-19 Call Center:1-877-570-9779Hours:7:00 am – 8:00 pm,DailyTexas DSHS 24/7 Line: (888) 963-7111Email: email@example.com
Texas DSHS Drive-Thru ScreeningDSHS Drive-Thru Screening Locations
How to contact your Local Health DepartmentCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID) Local Health Entities
CDC UpdatesCOCA Calls
24 Hour CDC Clinician Hotline(770) 488-7100
CDC News Releases and Health Alert Network (HAN)
County Medical SocietiesCMS PPE DrivesHow to Organize a PPE Drive
FDAFDA Emergency Use Authorizations
Mental Health Support24/7 HHSC Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support(833) 986-1919
Global CasesCOVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins CSSE
Texas CasesCOVID-19 Case Count in Texas
TMA Knowledge CenterSubmit Your Questions to the TMA Knowledge Center
TMB No Longer Requiring Practices to Follow COVID-19 Safe Practice Standards
Use This Permission Letter to Excuse COVID-19 Patients from Work or School
TMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
Why Vaccine Opponents Think They Know More Than Medical Experts
TMA to Texas: Follow the Science to Protect Against COVID-19
Moving Forward on COVID-19 - TMA Offers Recommendations to Senate Committee (Legislative Hotline)
TMA Chart Shows COVID-19 Risks for Various Activities
Ten Things to Know to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
What’s More Risky, Going to a Bar or Opening the Mail?
What's Different About the Available COVID-19 Vaccines?
School Employees, Child Care Providers Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines
Hang This Sign on Your Door to Keep Patients and Staff Safe
Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Available for COVID-19 Outpatients in Texas
Don't Delay Administering Vaccines, Health Officials Tell Facilities
All Texans 65 and Older Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit
COVID-19 Poses Serious Mental Health Challenges
Read the Latest COVID-19 News
COVID-19 Webinar: Vaccine PassportsAmerican College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021Time: 2:00 PM CDT
COVID-19 Webinar: Disinfectants & Reproductive HealthAmerican College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021Time: 2:00 PM CDT
Cancer Care and Cancer Research in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Workshop on Lessons LearnedNASEM Health and MedicineDates: July 26 and 27, 2021Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
On Demand Webinars
COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programs for Healthcare ProfessionalsCenter for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Date and Time: On Demand
Getting Shots in Arms, A Primer for Healthcare Workers on Storing and Transporting VaccinesCenter for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Date and Time: On Demand
Preventing Vaccine Administration Errors: A Primer for Healthcare WorkersCenter for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Date and Time: On Demand
COVID-19: Know and Lower Your Risks
COVID-19: Quick Tip - How to Be Productive Working Remotely
How to Have Sensitive Discussions Virtually
COVID-19: Quick Tip - When Someone Tests Positive
COVID-19: When Home Isn't A Safe Place
TMA Podcast Answers Your PPP Loan FAQs
Reopening Your Practice Post-COVID-19 Webinar
TMA Practice Well Podcast: COVID-19: Reopening Your Practice
CME-to-Go: Reopening Your Practice Post-COVID-19
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The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful clinical outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each physician and health care provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.
School Reopening Resources
PUIs and Testing
Practice Log Forms
Disinfectant LogStaff Temperature Log
Visit TMA’s COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit for items to share on your own social media pages.
Customized Letter for Essential Health Care Faculty to Use to Travel Under Stay-at-Home Orders
Customizable Permission Letter for School or Work
Customized Signs From DSHS
Outdoor signs: English, SpanishIndoor Signs: English, Spanish
Coronavirus Alert for Health Care Settings – English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese
Symptoms of Coronavirus – English, Spanish
Stop the Spread of Germs – English, Chinese, Spanish
COVID-19 Notice - TMB Minimum Standards of Safe Practice
Explore patient education resources and TMA's new Vaccines Defend What Matters campaign.
Vaccines Defend What Matters
Explore the complete Texas Strong Toolkit with Spanish Language versions.
Texas Strong Toolkit
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Encourage recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma using these resources, links to donation sites, social media assets.
Convalescent Plasma Resources