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Vaccines—Estimating accurate number of doses needed and new CDC LTC toolkit
By Doug Beardsley | December 31, 2020 | All providers
Two items of importance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations were recently released:
Staff at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA.NCAL) have heard feedback from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that hospitals and long-term care facilities are significantly overestimating the number of people expected to be vaccinated. This is being attributed to a variety of things, including last-minute decisions to stagger staff, poor estimates, or staff backing out at the last minute. This results in the pharmacies thawing too many vaccines, which must be used within six hours, and states scrambling to reallocate to other priority groups before they expire.
If you are participating in the pharmacy partnership program, your matched pharmacy (CVS/Walgreens/LTC pharmacy) will call you a few days before the clinic to confirm the number of people to be vaccinated—it is very important providers accurately estimate the number of people to be vaccinated at this time to avoid any wastage. If there are any changes to that estimate communicate this to your matched pharmacy partner as soon as possible. We recommend the following:
- Timely surveys (within 2-3 days of the clinic) of staff and residents to determine how many plan to take the vaccine
- Materials (handouts, posters, lawn signs, etc.) on the day of the clinic emphasizing the importance of vaccination
- Celebratory items on the day of the vaccine to encourage staff to get vaccinated.
The CDC has released their long-term care facility (LTCF) toolkit
; the toolkit is meant as a resource for explaining COVID-19 vaccination to both residents and staff in LTCFs. It includes resources for talking with staff, residents, and families, FAQs on the vaccines, and tips on how to prepare staff and vaccine safety monitoring and reporting.
Doug Beardsley | Vice President of Member Services | firstname.lastname@example.org | 952-851-2489