Brookdale Senior Living’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Services this week shared information and tips on how senior living communities can prepare for upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Kim Elliott, MSN, RN, represented the senior living industry in an industry-wide webinar that also included representatives from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Omnicare, a CVS Health Company, and Walgreens. CVS Health and Walgreens are the federal government’s pharmacy partners for the roll-out of vaccination clinics at senior living communities. The webinar - “Vaccine Readiness Briefing” – was organized and hosted by Argentum, a leading industry trade organization and open to its senior living member companies.
In the briefing, Elliott shared a number of points from the CDC about what communities need to do now to be prepared. These include:
- Educate - Provide learning opportunities for your teams to gain knowledge and find comfort in having vaccine discussions and answering questions.
- Create a culture of vaccine acceptance - The high-risk population we serve is depending on us.
- Encourage early discussions with primary care physicians - Uncertainty and doubt should be addressed now, not the week of the clinic.
- Increase communication - This is a rapidly changing situation with more questions than answers. Keeping your teams informed will ease anxiety.
- Create your day of vaccine clinic plan - Focus on the details for an efficient, well-planned clinic.
And Elliott encouraged all providers to dig into the details, making sure everyone knows what their role is on clinic day and getting paperwork such as consent forms and insurance cards organized in advance.