Memory care admins await news of when vulnerable residents, staff can receive vaccine

By Lauren J Mapp, San Diego Union Tribune, January 11 2021 Linda Cioffi, owner of the Alpine View Lodge, a 38-bed memory care facility, has yet to hear when her residents and staff may receive the vaccine for COVID-19.(K.C. Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune) The coronavirus pandemic is unlike any infection-control situation that Alpine View Lodge owner and Administrator Linda Cioffi has experienced in the 42 years since she and her parents opened the East County memory care facility.

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Rapid vaccine rollout at California nursing homes raises concern

By Anne Marshall Chalmers, East Bay Times, January 8 2021 Many questions remain regarding consent to elderly As coronavirus vaccines arrive at California nursing homes and long-term care facilities, many residents will be eager to receive a vaccine that promises to finally ease the months of grief and isolation. Before that can happen, though, facilities must obtain consent from their residents, and a growing number of advocates are raising concerns that residents may not get their doubts and questions adequately addressed due to the rapid pace of the vaccination program and varied levels of information given from facility to facility.

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Amid slow federal rollout, some Bay Area counties taking on COVID-19 vaccination of senior care homes

By Emily Deruy and Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, January 6 2021 WALNUT CREEK, CA – DECEMBER 30: Senior Rudy Reich, 87, right, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from John Muir Health physician Kishore Nath at the Viamonte retirement living residence in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Dec. 30, 2020. Residents received the Pfizer vaccine. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Contra Costa County has partnered with John Muir Health to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities Residents of long term care homes were supposed to be first in line to receive a precious COVID-19 vaccination, through an innovative federal partnership.

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CA doctor says vaccine distribution not going as planned, doses delayed for vulnerable communities

By Stephanie Sierra, ABC 7 News, January 5 2021 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A member of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine advisory committee tells the ABC7 I-Team, hundreds of thousands of COVID vaccines across the state are sitting in warehouses with the potential of being wasted. “My worst nightmares have been coming true over the last few weeks,” said Dr.

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Nursing homes face daunting task of getting consent before they give coronavirus vaccines

By Fenit Nirappil and Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Washington Post, December 20 2020 Nurse Melissa Valentin prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. (Carlos Giusti/AP) More than 3 million elderly and infirm residents of nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities may face delays in getting coronavirus vaccines as the facilities confront the difficult task of obtaining consent, which consumer advocates, operators and some health officials say should have been simplified and started earlier by the federal government.

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Nursing Homes, Ravaged by Covid-19, Start Vaccinating the Most Vulnerable

By Frances Robles, Neil MacFarquhar and Miriam Jordan, NY Times, December 17 2020 Shannon Taylor, who survived the coronavirus, was vaccinated on Tuesday at Sundale Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care in Morgantown, W.Va.Credit…West Virginia National Guard Vaccines have now been administered at long-term care facilities in several states, but administrators warn that they will not bring a quick end to the long siege of the virus.

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With Vaccine Delivery Imminent, Nursing Homes Must Make a Strong Pitch to Residents

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, December 17 2020 (ArtistGNDphotography/Getty Images) Imagine this: Your elderly mother, who has dementia, is in a nursing home and COVID-19 vaccines are due to arrive in a week or two. You think she should be vaccinated, having heard the vaccine is effective in generating an immune response in older adults. Your brother disagrees.

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Vaccination Campaign at Nursing Homes Faces Obstacles and Confusion

By Rebecca Robbins and Jessica Silver-Greenberg, NY Times, Dec. 16, 2020 Walgreens and CVS staff will soon begin vaccinations at tens of thousands of long-term care facilities. Some staff and residents are wary, and there are thorny issues of consent. CVS staff will soon begin vaccinations at thousands of long-term care facilities.Credit…Jeenah Moon for The New York Times In coming days, squads of CVS and Walgreens employees, clad in protective gear and carrying small coolers, will begin to arrive at tens of thousands of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to vaccinate staff and residents against the coronavirus.

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Southern California nursing homes ready for coronavirus vaccine rollout

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, December 14 2020 Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in other Southern California counties were readying to receive their first doses as early as Dec. 28. Nursing homes around the region were gearing up Monday, Dec. 14, to receive the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for their staff and residents while battling the region’s explosive surge of novel coronavirus cases.

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US nursing homes, confused by initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, will begin immunizations next week, CDC says

By Elizabeth Weise and Tom Mooney, USA TODAY, December 15 2020 The vast majority of nursing homes in the United States won’t start vaccinating staff and residents against COVID-19 until Dec. 21, and some won’t start until Dec. 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Monday’s rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine brought confusion nationwide as it became clear most long-term care facilities and nursing homes were not taking part in the initial immunizations, despite the CDC’s decision last week to include residents in the first phase of distribution.  That’s because the majority of long-term care facilities opted to take part in a federal program that uses pharmacy chains, including CVS, Walgreens and others, to facilitate vaccination of staff and residents.

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