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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

09/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/15/2021 08:02

How Jurisdictions Can Ensure COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Staff and Residents in Long-term Care Settings

Jurisdictions play a critical role as the first-level safety net support in ensuring all long-term care (LTC) settings have the vaccine access and support they need.

LTC administrators and managers have been advised to contact their state or local health department's immunization program for assistanceexternal icon if they are having difficulties arranging COVID-19 vaccination for their residents and staff.

  • If you are contacted by a provider in an LTC setting: Review the Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines with them, and provide vaccination services through your immunization program, if needed.
  • CDC is available as a safety net support if your state or jurisdictional immunization program is unable to connect an LTC setting with a vaccine provider.

Long-term care (LTC) administrators and managers are strongly encouraged to consider the following options when coordinating access to COVID-19 vaccines for their residents and staff.

LTC providers should let residents and staff know that they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at an existing vaccine site (e.g., a nearby pharmacy or healthcare provider's office).

  • For residents and staff who are willing and able to travel to a vaccine site, this may be the fastest way to get vaccinated. Residents and staff should follow safety precautions when in the community. See How to Protect Yourself & Others for more information.
    • LTC administrators and staff may visit vaccines.gov to find the nearest pharmacy.
  • LTC residents and staff should bring their vaccination cards with them to their booster or additional dose appointments. See Vaccine Card and Your Additional Dose for more information.

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If an LTC provider does not already offer transportation, administrators and managers should consider arranging transportation for their residents.

Visit https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Resources/LearnMoreAbout/Transportation.aspxexternal icon or call 1-800-677-1116 for more information on transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. CDC does not endorse a particular service provider and cannot verify the quality and scope of services offered.