COVID-19 Vaccinations for Long-term Care Facilities

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Health Alert
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health alert about the CDC and Food and Drug Administration’s recommended pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for adverse events involving a rare type of blood clot and can provide proper management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot. This alert includes specific recommendations for clinicians.
Web link    Date Added: 04/14/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 14 2021 12:03PM  
What Can We Do to Attain Health Equity?
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed gaps in equitable health coverage and equal access to health care. The solution to attain health equity is to engage all organizations - not just health care organizations and facilities - to work together. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed some guidance for community and faith-based organizations, private employers, public health agencies and state, tribal, local and territorial governments.
Web link    Date Added: 04/05/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 5 2021 3:47PM  
Long-term Care Pharmacies Participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
View this list of long-term care pharmacies enrolled in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to provide the COVID-19 vaccine. Jurisdictions can contact these federal pharmacy partners to request a transfer to allocate vaccines to long-term care facility staff and residents in their communities. Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this list regularly.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/30/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 30 2021 4:23PM  
U.S. Federal Government Plans to Invest $12 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing
As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will invest $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to ramp up screening testing to help schools reopen, $2.25 billion to scale up testing in underserved populations, and provide new guidance on asymptomatic screening testing in schools, workplaces and congregate settings.
Web link    Date Added: 03/17/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 17 2021 3:28PM  
Historic Manufacturing Collaboration Announced Between Merck and Johnson & Johnson to Expand Production of COVID-19 Vaccines
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson, will be the first federal partner to use repurposed Merck facilities to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine. Merck will use two of its facilities to produce drug substance, formulate and fill vials of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 03/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 11:33AM  
Language that Works to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Communications Cheat Sheet
The de Beaumont Foundation offers concise, practical guidance around language and messaging to support vaccine acceptance. This toolkit includes communication tips and specific recommended language emerging from a broader survey conducted on the topic.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/28/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 10:47AM  
CMS Issues News Release Regarding Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Reimbursement Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance removing barriers to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations, and strengthening requirements that plans and issuers cover diagnostic testing without cost sharing.
Web link    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:41PM  
Minority Health Videos About Vaccine Safety
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has released two videos that speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and how it is important to get vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
Video    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:30PM  
Vaccine Hesitancy Among Minority Groups
View this video featuring Monika Maxwell, RN, who shares her perspective, as a Hispanic woman in health care, on why minority communities may be hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 02/25/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:34PM  
COVID-19 Mini-Toolkit
This toolkit includes COVID-19 vaccine resources for nursing home team members as well as residents and their families.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:34PM  
Coding for COVID-19 Vaccines
Do you know how to code for administering a COVID-19 vaccine? View this webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for more information.
Web link    Date Added: 02/07/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:55PM  
The Voice of the Resident in this Year of COVID-19
View this video featuring Carolyn Worley, a resident at Advanced Rehabilitation & Healthcare of Vernon, Texas, who provides a resident's point of view about the importance of all nursing home team members receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:36PM  
Enroll in Medicare to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
Health care providers can view this webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to learn how to enroll in Medicare to bill for administering COVID-19 vaccines.
Web link    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:56PM  
Why I Endorse Taking the COVID-19 Vaccines
View this video featuring renowned long-term care practitioner Joleann Beene, RN-BC, IP-BC, FACDONA, CDP, CADDCT, who shares her experience with receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and discusses the importance of all nursing home team members being vaccinated.
Video    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:36PM  
Advocating for our Residents: Importance of LTC Staff Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine
View this video featuring Jill Vianco, administrator of Advanced Rehabilitation & Healthcare of Vernon, Texas, discussing the importance of long-term care team members protecting their residents by receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:35PM  
COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special
This video features writer, actor, producer and director Tyler Perry, who discusses the COVID-19 vaccine with medical experts. The interview includes information about how the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines work, the science and history behind the vaccine development, and the reasons for vaccine hesitancy in people of color.
Video    Date Added: 02/03/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:37PM  
COVID Vaccination for Long-Term Care Facility Health Care Workers: The ‘Why’ and the ‘What If’
View this video featuring Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, TMF Chief Medical Officer, who describes the impacts of COVID-19 in nursing homes and the vaccines that have been released to fight COVID-19 in the U.S.
Video    Date Added: 02/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2021 8:06PM  
COVID Vaccination for Long-Term Care Facility Health Care Workers: The ‘Why’ and the ‘What If’
View this video featuring Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, TMF chief medical officer, who discusses the impacts of COVID-19 in nursing homes and the vaccines that have been released to fight COVID-19 in the U.S.
Video    Date Added: 02/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 6:20PM  
CDC Guidance and Information Related to the COVID-19 Vaccines
What do you need to know to get a COVID-19 vaccine? View this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for answers to your questions about the vaccine, including where to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 01/31/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:57PM  
CMS Implements New Procedure Codes for COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics CMS: Effective January 01, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is implementing 21 new procedure codes into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10_PCS) for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/28/2020    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:59PM