Vaccination Distribution for Long-Term Care Residents
On October 16, 2020, the White House announced the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program, a national vaccine distribution program for LTC residents. In anticipation of a COVID-19 vaccine over the coming months, the federal government has partnered with CVS and Walgreens to distribute and administer the vaccine to residents in LTC facilities free of charge. This will cover all reporting requirements associated with the vaccine. Healthcare worker vaccinations will be handled by each individual state and may take place in the early phases of distribution.
As of October 19, 2020, LTC facilities including nursing homes, assisted living communities, intermediate care settings, and other congregate settings for older adults will have two weeks to register with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how they want to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Nursing homes will be able to register through the National Healthcare Safety Network website, while assisted living communities and other congregate settings will register through an online survey.
LTC facilities and congregate living settings are strongly encouraged to register before the deadline. When registering, providers can select one of four options to receive the vaccine and have it administered to their residents. The options include:
- Have CVS (partnering with Omnicare) come to your building and administer the vaccine
- Have Walgreens (partnering with PharMerica) come to your building and administer the vaccine
- Work with your existing pharmacy partner (LTC pharmacy) if it has the capacity to meet the requirements
- Partner with another entity such as your hospital health system, local/state health department, etc.
It’s important to note that before choosing options 3 or 4, you should confirm this entity can meet all the CDC requirements that include cold chain management and that it has a signed provider agreement with your state.