Coverage about COVID-19 in Facilities

January 5, 2021

Speed Of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration For Long-Term Care Residents, Staff Varies By State.

NPR (1/5, Stone) reports the speed at which long-term care facilities’ residents and staff are receiving COVID-19 vaccine “doses varies significantly from state to state.” AHCA/NCAL president and CEO Mark Parkinson said, “Every week that the vaccine is delayed in long-term care facilities will mean at least an additional 4,000 to 6,000 deaths.” Zach Shamberg with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association said, “Since day one of the pandemic, we have fought for one thing, and that’s prioritization,” adding, “It’s no different now than it was 10 or 11 months ago. ... And unfortunately, we as a state – and in some cases we as a nation – have not learned our lessons.” Shamberg said “some of his members aren’t scheduled to get their first doses until the end of January or even early February.”

        KTTV-TV Los Angeles (1/5, Katsuyama) reports, “California’s governor says the state has administered about 35% of the 1.2 million doses received so far, with another 600,000 vaccine doses expected to be added soon to the state’s supply.” California Association of Health Facilities spokeswoman Deborah Pacyna “says just getting shots to the state’s 235,000 skilled nursing center staff and residents could stretch through February.” Pacyna added, “It got off to a slow start because of the Christmas holiday. But now that we’re in January, a lot of facilities are scheduled to get their shots in the next couple weeks.”


Idaho Governor: COVID-19 Vaccinations For Frontline Healthcare Workers, Long-Term Care Residents Will Be Completed By End Of Month.

The AP (1/5, Ridler) reports COVID-19 “vaccinations for 130,000 frontline health care workers and long-term care residents should be finished by the end of January, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday.” Little “said that the timeline for the first round of vaccinations in the state depends on Idaho continuing to receive the vaccine from the federal government.” The governor “also said it’s not clear what percentage of people in the first group will opt to get vaccinated.”


North Carolina Health Secretary Says Most Nursing Home Workers Refusing Coronavirus Vaccines.

The AP (1/5, Anderson) reports that on Tuesday, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services secretary Mandy Cohen “said...that most nursing home workers are refusing to take coronavirus vaccines being offered in a state that has now become one of the slowest in the nation to get doses into peoples’ arms.” In an interview with the AP, Cohen “attributed some of the sluggishness behind rollout to staffing shortages, lack of familiarity with the state’s technological systems and logistical hurdles of working with dozens of hospitals and 100 different counties throughout the state.” Data shared by the CDC Monday “placed North Carolina as the sixth worst state in the country in per capita first-dose vaccinations.”


CVS “Lost” COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Causing Many People At New York Nursing Home To Go Without.

The New York Post (1/5, Hogan) reports a “nursing home that was expecting all residents and some staff to get the coronavirus vaccine on Monday says many had to go without – because CVS had ‘lost’ doses due to ‘temperature control issues.’” Valley View Center nursing home in Orange County, New York “had penciled in Monday, Jan. 4 as its first scheduled date for the federally-run vaccine program administered by CVS pharmacists.” The nursing home “planned to have approximately 257 residents and a portion of their 250 full and part time healthcare workers get the Pfizer shot.” However, “when half a dozen pharmacists showed up, Laurence LaDue, the county’s licensed nursing home administrator, was told not everyone would receive a shot.”


Florida Nursing Home Vaccinated Wealthy Donors.

The Washington Post (1/5, Boburg) reports Keith Myers, the CEO of MorseLife Health System, “a high-end nursing home and assisted-living facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.,” has made “scarce coronavirus vaccines – provided through a federal program intended for residents and staff of long-term-care facilities – available not just to its residents but to board members and those who made generous donations to the facility, including members of the Palm Beach Country Club, according to multiple people who were offered access, some of whom accepted it.” The article adds the vaccinations, “in appearing to rely on a program run by chain pharmacies for nursing home residents and staff, may have violated national immunization guidelines, as well as state protocols, even though state officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to address sensitive matters, acknowledged that the rules have not been spelled out clearly enough by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).”


Just 14% Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Distributed To Nursing Homes Have Been Administered, CDC Data Indicate.

Axios (1/5, Fernandez, Owens) reports “only about 14% of the roughly 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed to nursing home residents and staff have been administered, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” According to Axios, “the slower-than-ideal rollout illustrates the complexity of vaccinating what should be one of the easiest populations to reach – and one that remains extremely vulnerable to the virus.” CVS “began administering shots in 12 states the week of Dec. 21, and in another 36 states plus Washington, D.C. last week.”


Virginia Long-Term Care Facilities To Receive Coronavirus Vaccines In Coming Weeks.

The AP (1/4) reports, “More than 1,400 long-term care facilities in Virginia are expected to receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks.” The Virginian-Pilot first “reported Sunday that CVS and Walgreens will administer the vast majority of the doses,” and “are partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take vaccines directly to the facilities so residents don’t have to travel.” (January 5)

Grand jury investigating New Jersey veterans’ home where 202 people died from COVID-19

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has convened a grand jury that is investigating the state-run veterans’ homes—where 202 people have died from COVID-19—for possible criminal charges.



NPR (January 4)

December Proved to Be Deadliest Month for Residents in Long-Term Care

More people in long-term care died of COVID-19 in December than during any other month. The situation only adds to the urgency of getting the vaccine to these communities.

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