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COVID-19 Vaccine and Long-Term Care Facilities
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Staff and Resident COVID-19 Vaccine Education

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule with comment period on May 11, 2021. This rule establishes Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Residents and Staff. This includes new requirements for educating residents or resident representatives and staff regarding the benefits and potential side effects associated with the COVID-19 vaccine and offering the vaccine. Furthermore, LTC facilities must report COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics treatment information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Ohio's COVID-19 Vaccine Maintenance Program

Vaccinating residents and staff at Ohio’s 1,745 long-term care facilities is a priority. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities were included in Ohio’s Phase 1A plan. Ohio administered its first shot as part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program on December 18, 2020. Being one of the first states to launch, meant we would also be one of the first to complete the federal program. The Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Maintenance Program was launched February 18, 2021 to keep vaccines flowing for new residents, new staff, and those earlier hesitant to become vaccinated. The program builds upon existing relationships between the facilities and their long-term care pharmacies. The program utilizes an online portal that provides facilities, pharmacies, and the state an easy view of clinic schedules, doses planned, and doses administered. Real time data and analytics make it possible to monitor and ensure that pharmacies have adequate vaccine, and that residents and staff have continuous access to clinics.

On March 13, 2021, Governor DeWine and Director McElroy reminded all nursing homes and assisted living facilities to confirm plans for continued COVID-19 vaccine administration. Read the press release here. As of April 7, 2021, all facilities had responded to the survey.

COVID-19 Care Center: A streamlined portal for facility testing and vaccine needs

Maintenance program COVID-19 vaccine providers