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COVID-19 UPDATE

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Optometrists Now Eligible to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines 

Optometrists (and Optometry students) in Nevada who would like to provide COVID vaccines need to register with SERVNV, be CPR certified, complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) courses on vaccinations, as well as vaccine training courses provided by Immunize Nevada as outlined by Nevada DHHS. Please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programs and Reference Materials for Healthcare Professionals to make sure you have completed all required training. 

Please see our COVID-19 Vaccine page for more information.



AOA Health Policy Institute Issues Updated Guidance on Face Mask Use for Optometry

On May 13, 2021, the CDC updated guidance for wearing a mask or physically distancing to protect individuals from COVID-19 disease among individuals who have been fully vaccinated.


These new CDC recommendations are intended to help individuals make decisions about daily activities after being fully vaccinated, but they are not intended for health care settings.

The updated CDC guidance on face mask wear issued on April 27, 2021, for settings where health care is delivered, including physician offices, optometry offices, and other professions, remains in effect.

Of utmost importance, the CDC recommends the increased use of personal protective equipment by health care personnel to remain unchanged and in effect.

If you are a health care provider in any capacity and work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, it is strongly advised by the CDC to obtain appropriate and recommended vaccines to reduce the likelihood that you will contract or spread vaccine-preventable diseases.

Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, face masks are recommended for everyone in a health care facility, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

To read the full guidelines issued by AOA HPI, click here.


NEWS FEED

U.S. House pens Medicare vision benefit language, but funding woes threaten derailment

September 16 2021
Congress’ Sept. 15 deadline for bill language passes with lawmakers backing key guardrails that AOA’s advocates say must be in place for a workable benefit. Yet, price tag developments may forestall efforts.

Congress sets deadline to ink Medicare vision expansion language

August 26 2021
A September deadline means now is the time for AOA members to act. Attend an upcoming special advisory group session for the latest legislative information and contact your members of Congress.

White House extends student loan relief, AOA continues push for NHSC inclusion

August 12 2021
The AOA continues its support of optometry students, advocating for a temporary suspension of student loan debt due to the pandemic, as well as a long-term avenue toward loan forgiveness and repayment.

'One of the most impactful legislations for decades to come'

August 05 2021
Is it happening? How will it work? What can you expect? The AOA fielded members’ questions about Congress’ efforts to create a Medicare vision benefit, providing the latest updates on a fluid situation.

Public Health

Community Health Centers partnering with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the AOA is working to improve access to eye and vision care services.

Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants provide funding for activities that focus on increasing the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools, and the medical community with special attention to underserved children.

InfantSEE affords a one-time, comprehensive assessment at no cost for infants in their first year of life.

Optometry Cares mission is to expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. to enhance human performance and quality of life.

Optometric Disaster Relief Fund offers optometrists financial assistance for damages incurred from natural disasters.

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Click on this link or text the word GIVE to 702.620.4040 to donate online to the Nevada Optometric PAC securely.

The NOA PAC is a separate fundraising organization that works with the Nevada Optometric Association.

The NOA PAC contributes to caucuses and campaigns of legislators and candidates for the Nevada Legislature who support Optometry and our role as primary eye care providers.

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