Suppliers have begun distributing the long-awaited vaccine before Christmas. In the days since this effort has been extended to other premium life insurance providers across the country.
For advanced industries, vaccines represent the dawn at the end of the tunnel of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is not easy for the elderly and the United States to get there because some states have failed to meet their early distribution plans and misunderstandings about vaccines are common.
Advanced service providers face obstacles such as vaccine uncertainty, complicated short-term documentation processes, and priority plans, making some older residents wait for vaccines. They make difficult decisions, including whether to force their team members to vaccinate and encourage residents to vaccinate.
However, many of the same suppliers face the challenge of careful planning and vision. These include Sunrise Senior Living in McLean, Virginia, which plans to vaccinate more than 230 communities in the American Juniper community in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and opened its first clinic in late December. The Pegasus Senior Living Center opened its first clinic in Dallas on Monday. All three medical institutions work with CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and its pharmaceutical subsidiary Omnicare, which, together with Walgreens, is part of the federal government’s plan to distribute vaccines in senior housing long-term care facilities.
Other providers, such as Sterling Sterlings in Marietta, Georgia; Milwaukie established Marquis in Oregon, and took a different approach from its pharmacy, Consonus Pharmacy, Directly dealt with the introduction of this vaccine.
Education is critical. For many long-term care providers, vaccine work begins long before the dose reaches their community.
For example, in recent weeks, Sunrise has been committed to providing the community with vaccine training resources from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clinical director Sue Coppola said that since Sunrise has increased vaccination efforts, education will pay off.
Although Sunrise declined to disclose the exact number of residents and staff who received the first injection on Wednesday, Coppola added: “So far, the vast majority of our clinics have had a smooth, successful and pleasing experience. The company is vaccinating. The clinic adopts an “experiential” approach, including playing relaxing music and providing snacks and beverage carts.
Simultaneously, the Watermark retirement community in Tucson, USA, has supervised the administration of approximately 500 doses of vaccine in seven of the 60 communities in Arizona, USA.
On December 29, Juniper Networks opened its first clinic in Juniper Networks Village in Denver’s Spearly Center. CEO Lynne Katzmann said there are only three employees in the community, and only three of the 127 residents received the first dose of the vaccine during the clinic.
Juniper spends a lot of time preparing vaccines for residents, and staff contributes to this high adoption rate. For example, the company organized an information webinar on vaccines for the first group of employees early on.
During the webinar, a registered nurse who participated in a clinical study on the Moderna vaccine helped answer the vaccine questions.
Juniper Networks plans to carry out other educational activities for residents and their families. The company distributes vaccine updates online as well as emails and phone calls. The company has a separate family and residents website hosted by the CEO of Redwood Health Partners.
Education is the key.
The training also led to Bloom Senior Living. The company opened its first vaccination clinic in a South Carolina community on Wednesday, where 93% of the community’s 50 residents received the first vaccine dose.
Like other service providers, Bloom organized town hall meetings and shared information between residents and employees to ensure the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. The company’s education and development director Melissa Campbell (Melissa Campbell).
Campbell said that less than half of community workers choose to be vaccinated despite the high housing costs. But this is only when you do not want to prioritize the development of national vaccines.
Juniper Networks regards vaccination as a requirement for employment. Experts believe that this step is legally healthy, with a few exceptions, but some older service providers believe vaccination is too risky.
There is a high risk that some workers will quit their jobs and not get vaccinated. The other is that doing so may bring legal risks.
Katzmann certainly believes that few Juniper members can resign or seek a doctor’s exemption to obtain a vaccine. But he also believes that these risks are more significant than the risks of the pandemic itself.
Katzmann’s advice to other service providers who are undergoing the vaccination process should start as early as possible and be at the forefront of residents and their families.
Another tip: please check the privacy screens’ inventory because older communities with private rooms don’t always own them. Katzman said it would not harm people injected with Advil or Tylenol and remain hydrated to avoid vaccine-related side effects.
Preparation is also the key to Pegasus’ success. Dr. Sandra Petersen, who leads the company’s Covid-19 work, said that although the company held its first vaccination station in its flagship community in Austin, Texas, it has prepared for the process on Tuesday.
When preparing the vaccine, the company developed a “hands-on” plan, considering all aspects of the operation, from helping the residents to plan the meal.
Although many senior executives choose to work with Walgreens or CVS pharmacy suppliers as part of a long-term care program’s pharmacy partnership, others choose to lead the work personally.
Marquis is an example. It commissioned Consonus to provide vaccines to 23 elderly care institutions across the country. Besides providing services to the Marquis, the company also provides services to hundreds of qualified nurses in high-level communities in eight states.
The Marquis planned the launch several weeks by establishing an electronic system to collect, analyze, and export vaccine-related data.
Consonus administered the Covid-19 vaccine to residents and employees last month. The initial deployment involved a fleet of 15 RVs and was supervised by vaccine management and documentation. Marquis CEO Phil Fogg, Jr. said that to ensure the smooth progress of the process, both Marquis and Consonus are representatives of community nurses responsible for the clinic’s vaccination management.
Long-term care pharmacies have organized clinics in 194 institutions and administered injections to more than 8,000 employees and residents. The company is expected to complete all its first vaccination clinics on Sunday, including the community outside the Marquis Umbrella, with the second round the next day.
Internal vaccine management is also a boon to Sterling Estates, a high-end housing facility in Georgia with three properties. The company chose to distribute the vaccines independently. It worked with American Transition Care Doctors and Guardian Pharmacy to provide the first batch of vaccines to their communities on Christmas Day.
Despite maintaining the success of immunization clinics in the early stages, many elderly caregivers also find challenges to overcome.
The first is whether there are enough vaccines to meet industry needs. Petersen said in Pegasus that he heard that there might be a shortage in the future, although he has not seen whether this is true.
According to the American Health Care Association and the National Assisted Living Center (AHCA/NCAL), the process appears to be proceeding as planned so far. The center represented more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted housing communities in each state. -United.
Government policy is also a challenge for senior housing providers. Since each state controls the distribution of vaccines, they may follow different rules.
Meanwhile, some older communities are still waiting for pharmacy providers to consult on the first clinic’s design. Watermark is still awaiting arrangements from Arizona clinics to assist and independent residents. Sunrise also hopes that individual states will include seniors in their priority lists.
In Texas, where Pegasus is headquartered, health authorities have decided to open the second stage of immunization to people over 65 years of age or people with certain diseases, not just in the human community. Other states have taken similar steps.
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