HHS announced that it has partnered with CVS and Walgreens for the complete management of the COVID-19 vaccination process for long-term care communities. Argentum has been emphasizing the importance of not only prioritization, but also assistance with vaccine administration.
HHS’ Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program is intended to help minimize the challenges associated with vaccine handling, administration, and reporting requirements. Currently, no vaccines have received FDA-authorization, but the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program is being established in anticipation that one or more COVID-19 vaccines will be available before the end of the year. Some highlights of the program include:
HHS has indicated that CVS and Walgreens will also be scheduling and coordinating dates for vaccine administration on-site at each community. This may involve multiple visits over the course of approximately two months to administer vaccine doses (if more than one required) to residents and staff. Additional responsibilities for the pharmacies include:
Starting Monday, October 19, assisted living communities are able to opt-in to the program online and indicate which pharmacy partner they prefer to have on-site. The form will remain open for two weeks. Long-term care communities are not mandated to participate in this program and can request to use their current pharmacy contracts to support COVID-19 vaccination. Any communities that choose not to participate should be prepared to manage all aspects of vaccine management.
Additional information about the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, including a program overview and FAQs, are below. Argentum will be working closely with the Vaccine Task Force over the coming days to prepare a checklist of considerations for communities as they plan for a vaccination strategy. For questions specific to the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, you are also encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click Here for an Overview of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.
Click Here for a list of FAQs regarding the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.
Note from KSLA: While CVS and Walgreens are the only pharmacies in the current partnership program for COVID-19 vaccination, it is our hope that other pharmacies, such as several of our Associate members, will be invited to participate in the vaccination plan. As we learn new information about this program, we will keep you advised.