Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine – issued a statement on February 1st that addresses the administration of COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible and willing residents and healthcare workers in post-acute and LTC facilities.
“To support equity and efficiency in COVID-19 vaccine administration in post-acute and long-term care settings:
1. AMDA recommends that the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine be administered to short-stay and rehabilitation residents while they are in the nursing home.
2. AMDA recommends COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration that continues to prioritize residents and healthcare workers in post-acute and long-term care facilities.
3. AMDA urges directives from state and federal governments that reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations.
We anticipate that increasing vaccine production and continued emergency use authorization of new COVID-19 vaccines will improve supply and availability. By undertaking the above actions, long-term care facilities should be able to overcome the numerous barriers that presently exist to comprehensive resident and healthcare worker vaccination. The overall goal is to vaccinate every eligible resident and healthcare worker who desires to receive the vaccine. These efforts are vital for the ongoing safety of residents and healthcare workers of our nation’s post-acute and long-term care facilities and to the community as we all work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Please take the time to review and share the entire 2-page statement with your team, including your Medical Director. I’ve excerpted the 3 key points from AMDA but there is valuable information beneath each point that you need to be aware of and speak about with others in your community at large. COVID vaccination will protect residents and staff and will undoubtedly save lives.