AHCA/NCAL Issues Statement on the Administration’s Plan for COVID-19 Booster Shots


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) made the following statement today regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement on COVID-19 booster shots:

“We appreciate the Biden Administration announcing forthcoming efforts to deliver COVID-19 booster shots directly to long term care residents and staff as part of its national plan. Nursing homes and assisted living communities care for our nation’s most vulnerable when it comes to this virus, so they and their caregivers must be prioritized and have efficient access to the vaccines.

“We will continue to engage with public health officials to help advise and hopefully streamline the process for administering booster shots considering the diversity of the long term care profession. In the meantime, we must remain vigilant, especially in the face of Delta, and continue to promote uptake among currently unvaccinated staff and residents."

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org.