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SDMS President's Message - Special Edition: Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

by Ted Whitten
TedWhitten_200x300Dear SDMS Members, 

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic on March 11 and in the following nine months, the SDMS has been actively advocating for the health and well-being of sonographers. I wanted to let you know that as part of these ongoing efforts, the SDMS has just signed two letters asking that sonographers be considered part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) definition of healthcare personnel for phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The first letter is addressed to the National Governor’s Association from the Medical Imaging State Coalition (MISC) and the second letter is going to the State Health Departments from medical imaging and radiation therapy associations. The goal of the letters is to educate those charged with distributing the available vaccines about the vital role sonographers play in the healthcare system.

As the pandemic and vaccine distributions unfolds, the SDMS will continue to monitor the situation and advocate for sonographers. Thank you for your continued support of the SDMS and your dedication to ensuring that your patients receive the care that they deserve.

Sincerely,
TedWhitten

Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President