The American Well being Care Affiliation and the Nationwide Heart for Assisted Residing are calling for the federal authorities to prioritize the vaccination of long-term care residents and workers after federal regulators instructed briefly halting use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine over issues about blood clots.
“Sadly, in the present day’s growth basically halts vaccinations in long run care, because the federal authorities was primarily allocating the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to nursing properties and assisted residing communities,” Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer for AHCA/NCAL, mentioned in a ready assertion. “With out swift motion to switch these vaccines, we may see tragic penalties.”
Each the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Meals and Drug Administration instructed pausing use of the one-shot vaccine following issues about blood clots.
AHCA/NCAL desires the federal authorities to allocate Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to nursing properties and assisted residing communities whereas using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is examined.
Jeff Zients, White Home COVID-19 Response Coordinator, mentioned Tuesday the choice to cease use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine “is not going to have a big affect” on the nation’s vaccination plan. Johnson & Johnson pictures characterize solely 5% of the overall vaccinations within the U.S. thus far, and the nation has sufficient provide of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to keep up its present tempo of three million pictures per day, Zients mentioned.
“We’re working now with our state and federal companions to get anybody scheduled for a J&J vaccine shortly rescheduled for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine,” Zients mentioned in a ready assertion.
Lengthy-term care residents and workers have been among the many first teams to be vaccinated after the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines acquired emergency use authorization from the FDA in December. As of April 12, 7.8 million doses have been administered in long-term care services, and a couple of.9 million persons are absolutely vaccinated, in line with the CDC.
Throughout the U.S., 62% of these 65 or older have been absolutely vaccinated, per the CDC.
However AHCA/NCAL mentioned that as efforts have shifted to vaccinate the final inhabitants, vaccines have not been as obtainable for brand new and current long-term care residents and workers.
“There’s this notion amongst some that vaccines have been administered in long-term care, so we’re performed, and that will be a deadly mistake,” Gifford mentioned. “Nursing properties and assisted residing communities have a relentless movement of recent residents, whether or not coming from the hospital or the group, and lots of of them have not been vaccinated but. Long run care services even have new workers members and current workers who’ve since determined to get vaccinated.”
There was hesitancy amongst long-term care staff to get vaccinated however numbers are enhancing, AHCA/NCAL mentioned, and long-term care associations, together with LeadingAge hope to get 75% of all nursing dwelling workers vaccinated by June 30.