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A Message from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Program 

Below is a message from the Massachusetts State Department COVID-19 Vaccine Program:

We are writing to you in hopes that you will assist our efforts to increase trust and confidence in COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth. Your participation is critical to helping provide people with clear, accurate, consistent information about the vaccine, build trust and vaccine confidence, and dispel vaccine misinformation.

Below is a toolkit of educational and outreach materials, an invitation to a webinar to describe how to access and use these materials, and scripts for a “selfie” video project. We hope you will accept this invitation to help increase vaccination in our communities. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Below is a toolkit of educational and outreach materials, an invitation to a webinar to describe how to access and use these materials, and scripts for a “selfie” video project. We hope you will accept this invitation to help increase vaccination in our communities. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Toolkit of materials

Please visit Stop COVID-19 – Vaccine education and outreach materials | Mass.gov for a toolkit of materials in multiple languages that community-based organizations can use to conduct outreach/education with the people and communities that they serve. Examples of materials include:

  • A guide to hosting a forum on COVID-19 vaccine
  • Vaccine need-to-know fliers and posters
  • Fliers about the distribution timeline 
  • Post-vaccine information for Pfizer and Moderna
  • Social media graphics

Check back often – materials will continue to be added and updated.

Webinar invitation

Please join us on Thursday, February 11 or Tuesday, February 16 for a webinar that will:

  • Encourage and support community-based organizations to conduct their own community education sessions on the COVID-19 vaccine using DPH-approved educational material.
  • Describe how to use and access educational materials such as:
    • Guide to hosting community forums
    • Answers to frequently asked questions
    • Other materials available on mass.gov including data dashboards
  • Describe how to request a DPH “Vaccine Ambassador” to support community meetings.

Please register here for one of the following days/times (both webinars will cover the same information):

  • Thursday, February 11 from 9:00-10:00am
  • Tuesday, February 16 from 12:00-1:00pm

“Selfie” videos

Please use the sample script and suggested talking points (below this message) to record a short (30 second – 1 minute) video for sharing.

  • Use your phone camera with a plain background.
  • Encourage others to get the vaccine when it is their turn
  • Once recorded, share on your social media or with your networks.
  • Feel free to send it to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov for sharing as well

Thank you again for your assistance. If you have questions, please contact us at COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov.

Vaccine Messaging for Videos – as of February 4, 2021

  • The COVID vaccine is a critical tool to protect yourself and to end the pandemic.
  • But you might have questions about its safety.
  • The same safety measures used for all vaccines were followed for the COVID vaccine.
  • Tens of thousands participated in vaccine trials to prove it’s safe.
  • Since then, millions of people of different races and ethnicities have gotten vaccinated and only experienced mild side effects.
  • I got the shot/will get the shot. When it’s your turn, I hope you get the COVID shot also to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Additional messages from our website:

  • The available COVID-19 vaccines are approved and recommended by the FDA and the CDC following standard testing and approval processes.
  • By prioritizing resources and efforts, the vaccines were developed quickly but never at the expense of safety.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered free of charge by the federal government. You will not be charged. If you do not have insurance, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge.
  • To learn when it is your turn to get the vaccine, you may be contacted by your employer, place of residence, or primary care practice. You can also check www.mass.gov/covidvaccine  for updates or any action you might need to take.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is our best chance to stop the pandemic.
  • In the meantime, the combination of getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, social distancing, and avoiding groups will offer you the best protection.

Telehealth Resources 

APTA Resources and Statements  

Please refer to these pages for the most up to date information and resources available by practice setting.

Massachusetts: Updates, Emergency Orders, and Guidance 

Small Business Resources 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Opens April 3 - Apply ASAP

The Small Business Administration has opened its Paycheck Protection Program on Friday, April 3, to assist with small business relief.  SBA expects many small businesses to apply, so eligible small businesses should reach out to their banks and begin preparing their applications ASAP to attempt to avoid long waits and processing periods as applications start to pile up.  Learn more and apply today at:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Also see this document from the Small Business Administration that provides FAQs on this program (beginning on page 5).

The CARES Act - Update for Small Businesses

Latest Relief Package: Unemployment Provisions
The CARES Act signed into law on March 27 is aimed at providing relief in a wide range of areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what the package offers related to unemployment benefits. (April 2, 2020)

Details on these provisions, as well as on other pandemic-related resources, are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Paycheck Protection Program Loans
The legislation creates the Paycheck Protection Program, a new loan product within the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) Loan Program. Existing and new SBA lenders will be able offer these loans to eligible small businesses.

The new loan, with an interest rate of up to 4%, will be 100% guaranteed by the SBA. Funds may cover payroll costs, including continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums; employee salaries and commissions; payments of interest on any mortgage obligation, rent, and utilities; and interest on any other debt obligation incurred before February 15, 2020.

Businesses and charitable nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals are eligible for the loans.

A business can borrow up to 2.5 times the average monthly payroll based on the business’s prior year’s payroll, capped at $10 million. All borrower and lender fees for Paycheck Protection loans will be waived, as well as collateral requirements, the Credit Elsewhere Test, and all requirements for personal guarantees. Deferrals of principal, interest, and fees for six months will be built into the loans.

Emergency Economic Injury Grants
The CARES Act allows $10,000 of SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDLs) to be provided to small businesses and nonprofits without a requirement for repayment. EIDLs are loans of up to $2 million that carry interest rates up to 3.75% for companies and up to 2.75% for nonprofits, as well as principal and interest deferment for up to four years. The loans may be used to pay for expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, including payroll, paid sick leave to employees, increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, and business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.

The $10,000 grant portion of an EIDL does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EIDL for amounts beyond the $10,000. Eligible grant recipients must have been in operation on January 31, 2020. The grant is available to small businesses, private nonprofits, sole proprietors and independent contractors, tribal businesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses.

Loan Forgiveness
The relief package establishes that the borrower of an SBA loan is eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the amount spent by the borrower on payroll costs, interest payment on any mortgage incurred prior to February 15, 2020, payment of rent on any lease in force prior to February 15, 2020, and payment on any utility for which service began before February 15, 2020. The loan forgiveness period extends to eight weeks after the origination date of the loan.

Debt Relief for Existing and New SBA Borrowers
The stimulus package includes $17 billion to provide immediate relief to small businesses through standard SBA 7(a), 504, or microloans. Under this provision, SBA will cover all loan payments for existing SBA borrowers, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out an SBA loan within six months after March 27, 2020.

The measure also encourages banks to provide further relief to small business borrowers by allowing them to extend the duration of existing loans beyond existing limits, and enables small business lenders to provide a temporary extension on certain reporting requirements for new and existing borrowers. While SBA borrowers are receiving the six months of debt relief, they also may apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan that provides capital to keep their employees on the job. Borrowers may not apply the six months of SBA payment relief to Paycheck Protection loan payments.

Employee Retention Credit for Employers Subject to Closure due to COVID-19
The CARES Act provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by employers during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers whose operations were fully or partially suspended due to a COVID-19-related shut-down order, or whose gross receipts declined by more than 50% compared with the same quarter in the prior year.

For employers with greater than 100 full-time employees, the credit is based on wages paid to employees while they are not providing services due to the COVID-19-related circumstances described above. For eligible employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, all employee wages qualify for the credit, whether the employer is open for business or subject to a shut-down order. The credit is provided for the first $10,000 of compensation, including health benefits, paid to an eligible employee between March 13, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes
The stimulus package allows employers and self-employed individuals to defer payment of the employer share of the Social Security tax on employee wages. The provision allows for half of the amount to be paid by December 31, 2021, and the other half by December 31, 2022.

Modification of Limitation on Losses for Taxpayers Other Than Corporations
This provision of the act modifies the loss limitation applicable to pass-through businesses and sole proprietors, so they can use excess business losses to access critical cash flow.

Modification of Limitation on Business Interest
The relief legislation temporarily increases the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns from 30% to 50% of taxable income (with adjustments) for 2019 and 2020. This provision allows businesses to increase liquidity with a reduced cost of capital.

Modifications for Net Operating Losses
Net operating losses are typically subject to a taxable income limitation, and they cannot be carried back to reduce income in a prior tax year. The legislation allows a net operating loss arising in a tax year beginning in 2018, 2019, or 2020 to be carried back five years. The provision also temporarily removes the taxable income limitation to allow an NOL to fully offset income. These changes will allow companies to amend prior year returns to take advantage of operating losses.

Pediatrics Resources 

School Based Therapy Resources

Early Intervention Resources

Self-Help and Mindfulness Resources 

SELF-HELP

We in this profession know that patients tend to confide in us. They turn to us in a time of uncertainty and recovery and ask advice or seek other resources. During this time, as unemployment rates skyrocket and anxiety levels rise, there may be increased concerns regarding finances, healthcare bills; uncertainty regarding financial stability with companies forcing furloughs and layoffs. Resources for how to receive help can also be found through NAMI or through the following links.

MEDITATION

Benefits: Relieves stress, improves focus, stimulates parasympathetic nervous system, and quiets anxious thoughts 

GUIDED BREATHWORK

Benefits: Quick stress relief, can be performed anywhere, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, cultivate presence and focus, quiets anxious thoughts 

Tips: can be performed seated or lying down

Phase One Opening Information for Outpatient Clinics 

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