COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Long Term Care Facilities

COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, but especially for those who live and work in long term care. The adoption of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a lifesaving turning point in the fight against this virus. It’s important that everyone get vaccinated, so we can protect our nation’s seniors, our loved ones, our colleagues, and ourselves.

COVID-19 Vaccine Materials from Mass Senior Care

Mass Senior Care Association continues to work with our member long term care facilities to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among residents and staff. Achieving a high rate of resident and staff vaccinations is critical to our fight against COVID-19 and ensuring the safety of our residents and the entire caregiving team. Mass Senior Care recognizes that the reasons for vaccine hesitancy are real and varied, and we are committed to doing all we can to provide accurate, timely information so people can make informed decisions. There are several strategies that have proven successful in increasing vaccination rates and addressing hesitancy in long term care facilities.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Video Available in Multiple Languages

As part of Mass Senior Care Association’s Arming Ourselves Against COVID-19 campaign, we continue to provide new educational materials regarding the COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy available in multiple languages to ensure trusted information is accessible to long term care staff, residents and their family members. New educational videos in Haitian Creole, Cantonese and Mandarin featuring Christine Pierre, MD and Robert Wu, MD are now available for Mass Senior Care members to use to help communicate facts about the COVID-19 vaccine as well as highlight the importance of vaccination.

Christine Pierre, MD, Geriatric Primary Care Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Extended Care Community Program, shares her personal experience with the COVID-19 vaccine and answers the most frequently asked questions by long term care staff. Dr. Pierre’s videos are available in English and Haitian Creole.

Robert Wu, MD, Medical Director of South Cove Manor at Quincy Point, shares important information about the COVID-19 vaccine for long term care staff, residents, and their family members. Dr. Wu’s videos are available in Cantonese and Mandarin.

 

MSCA's Arming Ourselves Against COVID-19 Member Toolkit Includes:

Arming Ourselves Against COVID-19 materials have been translated in several languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Chinese. 

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Vaccination of Long-Term Care Residents and Staff following the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released updated guidance for Vaccination Options for Long Term Care Residents and Staff following the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program, describing the responsibilities for long-term care pharmacies and long-term care facilities that request COVID-19 vaccine for the purposes of dispensing or administering to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. 

In addition, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will offer employers options to vaccinate employees through group appointments at mass vaccination locations and mobile on-site clinics. Learn more about the COVID-19 Employer Vaccination Program.

 

AHCA's #GetVaccinated Communications Toolkit Includes:

COVID-19 Vaccine | Mass.gov

Stop COVID-19: Vaccine education and outreach materials (Mass.gov)

 

 

Search Vaccine Location in Massachusetts

If you are over the age of 12 and live, work, or study in Massachusetts, you can get vaccinated. The COVID-19 Vaccine is free. Search for a vaccine location in Massachusetts. 

 

Additional Resources:

Vaccine Resources from Project ECHO and IHI related to Staff Hesitancy to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Talking with Staff about COVID-19 Vaccinations: IHI Narrative & Slide Deck
    Working with national experts and professional associations, IHI has created a short narrative and slide deck on how to talk with staff and residents about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, IHI has developed an online repository of vaccine resources. Registered IHI Community members can follow this link and click on the grey arrow next to the menu item that says “COVID-19 Vaccine Resources.”
  • Project ECHO
    Are the COVID-19 Vaccines Safe for Pregnant Women?
    Many nursing home workers have expressed concerns about the safety of the new COVID-19 vaccines for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. We asked Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Scientific Officer Emeritus and Senior Fellow at IHI and an epidemiologist, for his take. Watch this brief video to hear his response in full. Here are the highlights:

    • Evidence regarding the safety of the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant is limited.
    • However, it is unlikely that these vaccines would pose safety concerns for mother or baby. That’s because:
      • These RNA vaccines do not contain live virus, so they cannot give COVID-19 to a recipient.
      • They do not interact with the DNA of mother or baby.
    • We know there are risks from COVID-19 during pregnancy, particularly for women working in high-risk settings like nursing homes. Evidence is growing that COVID-19 infection is more severe during pregnancy, with increased risk of hospitalization and need for mechanical ventilation.
    • Both the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend the vaccination be strongly considered for pregnant women and people working in healthcare settings.

      Dr. Goldmann is producing a series of short educational videos on COVID-19 for healthcare providers that you can access here. Do you have a question for Ask the Expert? Email Ben Cloutier at becloutier@salud.unm.edu.
       

Talking To Your Staff, Residents and Family Members About The Vaccine

A strong recommendation from their trusted health care provider is a crucial factor in staff and residents’ decisions about getting immunized.

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Important COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:

Questions? If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Mass Senior Care by emailing info@maseniorcare.org or calling 617.558.0202. Thank you.