UNLV, CSN and NSC students staff COVID-19 vaccination sites

UNLV nursing student Bianca Rodriguez-Villanueva is one of many future medical professionals racking up “clinical hours” required for graduation while also helping to meet an urgent public health need — administering COVID-19 vaccinations.

The 26-year-old said the most practice she had giving injections was during a clinical last semester at University Medical Center, which made working at UNLV’s vaccination site for a full day last month a little nerve-wracking.

But it was also meaningful.

“For me personally, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it was a very emotional experience in particular,” Rodriguez-Villanueva said.

A few of her relatives in Mexico have died from COVID-19 and others are currently sick with the disease caused by the new coronavirus. By helping administer the vaccine, Rodriguez-Villanueva said she hopes she can help prevent others from losing loved ones.

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Eighty-Three Percent of Health Insurance Brokers Report Employers Rely on Them to Contain Health Care Costs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 2, 2021–

DirectPath, the company that guides employees to make better health care decisions, today unveiled new research, The 2021 Benefits Broker: Year-round Strategies to Keep Employer Costs Down During a Pandemic. The report, which includes results from an annual survey of more than 100 health insurance brokers, highlights the important role price transparency services have played in helping employers contain benefit costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, the survey shows that 83 percent of brokers currently provide some sort of health care transparency and clinical advocacy services to help employers contain costs and 23 percent of respondents report they will be adding new advocacy and transparency-focused product and service offerings to meet this growing demand.

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Developer of the World’s First Instant COVID-19 Test, Blink Science, Inc., Will Help Lead Global Medical Passport Initiatives

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ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blink Science, Inc., a global company that is revolutionizing point-of-care medical diagnostics and data systems, will lead global initiatives to unify medical passports.

Blink Science will help drive international, public-private coalitions such as The Commons Project and the Vaccination Credential Initiative as they leverage technology to safeguard public health and enable individuals to share verified health data. Other coalition members include Carin, Cerner, Epic, Evernorth, IBM Watson, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Mitre, Oracle, Safe Health, and Salesforce.

Blink Science is developing blinkPASSPORT™ — an app-based medical passport platform that will empower individuals to carry their own verified COVID-19 test results and vaccination records on their phones and tablets and share them securely. Organizations and venues will use the companion blinkVERIFY™ app to scan blinkPASSPORT

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With COVID-19 vaccine supplies tight, Truman Medical Centers cancels some appointments

Feb. 1—Truman Medical Centers has the capacity to administer more than 2,500 COVID-19 shots every day, and has appointments scheduled into March.

But sometime Monday afternoon, Truman expects to run out of its allotment and won’t be administering first doses again until late Tuesday or early Wednesday, when another shipment is expected.

People who were set to get their first shot Tuesday will be rescheduled and bound to be frustrated. So is Charlie Shields, Truman Medical’s president and CEO.

“One of the biggest constraints that we have right now is simply the availability of vaccine,” he told Jackson County legislators Monday.

Bridgette Shaffer, director of the Jackson County Health Department, shares the same frustration, she told legislators. Last week, her department received no vaccine for first doses of the two-shot regimen, and she doesn’t expect any this week, either.

“At the pace our community is receiving the vaccine,” according

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