Posted: December 10, 2020
First In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date
Tuesday, January 26th 11am-5pm CVS Pharmacy
The CVS consent form must be filled out for every resident and team member. There is a responsible party consent form for applicable family members. Please email your form or your loved one’s form to Kelly McDougall at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 25th. We will also need a copy of your or your loved ones insurance card.
Demaree Crossing to be a part of the first phase distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine
We want to share with you what we know now about the vaccine, how it will be distributed, what we are doing to keep Demaree associates, residents, and families informed about the process, and our continued commitment to testing, virus mitigation, and the overall quality of life for residents.
Demaree Crossing is ready to receive the vaccine as soon as it is available to us. As a Cappella managed community, Demaree is registered for the first phase of the vaccine. Priority distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will go to seniors and healthcare workers who are at the most risk of contracting the virus. We remain in constant communication with the Indiana Department of Health, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as details of the distribution process continue to develop.
What is the process for Administering the Vaccine?
Indiana will first need to decide whether they are going to use Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or both. We anticipate Indiana will support and follow the CDC tier guidelines for distribution but that has not yet been confirmed.
Demaree Crossing is registered with the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and has chosen, CVS Pharmacy, to distribute, and administer the vaccine. There is no cost to residents and team members. The pharmacy will also:
Demaree Crossing will not have any authority over the scheduling of the vaccinations. The pharmacy will be in charge of scheduling and the availability of the vaccine. The pharmacy will then come to our community to administer the vaccines to residents and associates. Three visits over approximately two months will likely be needed to administer both doses and vaccinate new residents. If the resident or team member receives the Pfizer vaccine they must wait 21 days before receiving their second dose. If the resident or team member receives the Moderna vaccine then they must wait 28 days before their second dose. The vaccine starts to become effective 2 weeks after the second dose has been administered.
At the moment, we believe team members will be included and that the first tier to receive the vaccine will be residents of skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care communities.
When will residents and associates receive the vaccine?
The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine as of December 10th and approved the Moderna vaccine as of December 18th. The 2-dose vaccines have been reported as being 95% effective. The soonest vaccines could be administered in Indiana would be December 21st for Pfizer and December 28th for Moderna.
It is important to continue to follow public safety guidelines including physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, limiting group gatherings, restricting nonessential travel, and wearing a mask while we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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