We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) flyer for more information about the vaccine. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home and all staff.
What we know from the state of Nebraska.
There are 3 phases:
• Potentially limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available means that segments of the population must be prioritized to receive the vaccine.
• Vaccine type, dose lot size, and opportunity should influence local COVID-19 providers when phase population progression is necessary.
➢ Phase 1A
• Healthcare personnel (hospitals, home health care, pharmacies, EMS, outpatient, public health)
• Long-term Care Facility residents and staff, early stages of supply should go ONLY to those staff providing direct patient care AND/OR are exposed to infectious materials.
• Initial supplies of vaccine should NOT go to:
• Administrative staff
• Staff working remotely
• Staff not in direct contact with COVID patients or infectious materials
➢ Phase 1B
• First responders
• Education sector
➢ Phase 1C
• 65 years of age
• Vulnerable populations (disabled, homeless, etc)
• Congregate settings (incarcerated, colleges/universities, etc)
• Large number of vaccine doses available, sufficient to meet the demand of general population.
• Adhere to all applicable Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) COVID-19 testing requirements for LTCF staff.
Walgreens – Community Pharmacy will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff. At this time we do not know when the clinics will be on-site.
Maple Crest is preparing for these clinics by doing the following:
• Staying engaged and current with our providers, local health department, and the state
• Working with Community Pharmacy about their timeline for the clinics
• Planning on assigning staff to assist pharmacy with the vaccination clinic
• Planning on dates when the vaccine clinics will be held
• Planning on staffing strategies to ensure we have adequate staff
• Calling families and updating them when we are informed when our clinic days will be
ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org
Residents, Staff and Families,
There have been a lot of questions, comments and concerns from residents, families, employees, and those in our communities about the COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is important in saving lives and reducing the transmissions of the virus.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively reviewing the COVID-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States. ABHM operates in six states and those states have told the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) they want nursing home/assisted living providers to be a priority.
ABHM’s mission is to create caring Christian communities that empower older adults, families, and people with disabilities and receiving this vaccine for our residents, members, and staff is a priority. We, as an organization, support the federal vaccine effort for COVID-19.
It is important residents, members, staff, and families know that ABHM has registered, on behalf of all of our nursing homes, assisted living communities, and homes for the developmentally disabled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that the federal government will be disbursing in the near future. Please note, this does include all of our employees working at all of our locations across ABHM.
Distribution of the vaccine has yet to be determined.
Individual states will decide how to roll this large initiative in the healthcare sector
We will use our ABHM website, each community’s website, Facebook pages, and other methods to communicate changes and updates as they occur.
ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
It is our duty to stay focused on our residents, members, staff and loved ones during this time of uncertainty. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic but we will continue to persevere. We urge you to join us in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, influenza vaccine, wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay six feet apart-especially through the holidays.
Thank you for your understanding, kindness, and prayers for those we serve.
There will be more information related to the vaccine as it is released by the government.