#GetVaccinated

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​getvaccinatedbanner.pngThe arrival of the cold and flu season underscores the importance of everyone getting their annual vaccinations, but especially individuals residing and working in long term care facilities. COVID-19, influenza (Flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are commonly spread, especially in the fall and winter.

Older adults and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from these viruses. Vaccination remains one of the most effective, safest ways to buil​​​​​d immunity and prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and death.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) in 2023 released its #GetVaccinated Toolkit, a comprehensive set of resources designed to equip providers with the tools and information needed to promote and facilitate critical vaccinations among residents and staff.

The #GetVaccinated Toolkit contains the latest resources curated in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist long term care providers (LTC) in their campaigns​ to encourage and facilitate vaccinations among their residents and staff.  #GetVaccinated promotional resources ​are also available to help spread the word. ​


 #GetVaccinated Toolkit - Promotional Materials

 The National Infection Prevention Forum

​​Join the National Infection Prevention Forum, a collaborative online space for all infection preventionists working in long term care. Best of all it is free regardless of certification status or membership in any organization! The Forum utiizes AHCA/NCAL's Connect Community platform. Contact the NIPF team to learn more and join at LTC-NIPFhelp@ahca.org.

 

 

NHSN Posts Upcoming Office Hours and Additional Remindershttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/NHSN-Posts-Upcoming-Office-Hours-and-Additional-Reminders.aspxNHSN Posts Upcoming Office Hours and Additional Reminders2/20/2024 5:00:00 AM<p></p><div>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted a <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/hps/vaccination/index.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">reminder</a> for facilities to log in to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and make sure that each facility has an active facility administrator. Additionally, the CDC posted a <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/Reminder-to-review-assigned-facility-administrator.pdf" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">document</a> with instructions for facilities that need to reassign the administrator role in NHSN. </div><div> </div><div>Please note that only the facility administrator can enroll a facility in one or more components in NHSN, reassign the role of facility administrator, and manage/negotiate locations that are used across components. It is important for the facility administrator to maintain access to NHSN and report data. This will assist with submitting data in advance of reporting deadlines, such as the May 15, 2024, deadline to report annual health care personnel influenza vaccination summary data and the required weekly reporting for the COVID-19 module. </div><div> </div><div>The CDC has scheduled upcoming open office hours for reporting the annual Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data (registration is required). <strong>Facilities are required to report this data by May 15, 2024, under the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) or may face a two percent reduction to their Medicare annual payment update for FY 2025. </strong></div><div> </div><div>The upcoming open office hours schedule includes: </div><div><br></div><div><ul><li><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_vCui2rNaR6ebeJ7bVoP4RQ#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Wednesday February 28, 2024 at 2pm EST </a><br></li><li><span style="font-size:11pt;"><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_trP6cwnjRtOYRXi5OYeGcw#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Thursday Mary 28, 2024 at 2pm EST </a></span></li><li><span style="font-size:11pt;"><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_GJvxuP61Snyk-XWt-QmQMQ#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083">Thursday April 25, 2024 at 2pm EST ​</a></span></li></ul></div><p>​</p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted a reminder for facilities to log in to the National Healthcare Safety Network and make sure that each facility has an active facility administrator.
CDC Report Demonstrates Effectiveness of 2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccinehttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/CDC-Report-Demonstrates-Effectiveness-of-2023-2024-COVID-19-Vaccine.aspxCDC Report Demonstrates Effectiveness of 2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccine2/6/2024 5:00:00 AM<p>​<br></p><div>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/73/wr/mm7304a2.htm?s_cid=mm7304a2_e&ACSTrackingID=USCDC_921-DM121333&ACSTrackingLabel=This%20Week%20in%20MMWR:%20Vol.%2073%2c%20February%201%2c%202024&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM121333" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">effectiveness of the updated 2023-2024 Monovalent COVID-19 vaccine</a>. <strong>The study showed that the updated COVID-19 vaccine provided approximately 54% increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19 infection compared with not receiving an updated vaccine. </strong>Vaccination also provides protection against currently circulating variants.  <br></div><div> </div><div>Providers should continue to encourage long term care (LTC) staff and residents to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Residents in LTC communities are among those at the highest risk of severe disease and illness from all common respiratory viruses, including the flu, RSV, and COVID-19. <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/data-research/dashboard/illness-severity.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to remain higher than for flu. </a> </div><div> </div><div> AHCA/NCAL strongly encourages providers to download and share the latest information to foster vaccinations using its #GetVaccinated toolkit available at <a href="/Quality/Pages/GetVaccinated.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">getvaccinated.us​</a>.  <br></div><div> </div><div><br><br></div><p>​</p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on the effectiveness of the updated 2023-2024 Monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
Empowering LTC Providers in the Fight Against Respiratory Diseases with GetVaccinated Resourceshttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Empowering-LTC-Providers-in-the-Fight-Against-Respiratory-Diseases-with-GetVaccinated-Resources.aspxEmpowering LTC Providers in the Fight Against Respiratory Diseases with GetVaccinated Resources1/30/2024 5:00:00 AM<p>In the ever-evolving battle against respiratory diseases, long term care (LTC) providers play a pivotal role in safeguarding the health of our most vulnerable populations. As rates of respiratory diseases remain high across the country, your ongoing efforts in encouraging vaccinations among residents and staff are more crucial than ever.<br> <br>Residents in LTC communities are among those at the highest risk of severe disease and illness from common respiratory viruses, including the flu, RSV, and COVID-19. The good news is that safe, effective, and accessible vaccines are available to protect these individuals from serious illness or even death.<br> <br><strong>#GETVACCINATED RESOURCES</strong><br> AHCA/NCAL has developed comprehensive resources to assist LTC providers in promoting vaccinations, educating and offering vaccines to staff and residents (also fulfilling a regulatory requirement), and navigating the complicated commercial market for COVID-19 vaccines.<br> <br>We encourage you to download and share the latest information to foster vaccinations using AHCA/NCAL's #GetVaccinated toolkit available at <a href="https://cl.exct.net/?qs=5a23841b8dd9b2c7d3d0495a9bdf812dae2409819a76170d1defc0adc48d9fb77252974129642a906de358cc72c19d8ac9edc474046b97b8" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">getvaccinated.us</a>. Featured resources include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Reimbursement Guide</strong>: A detailed FAQ section on vaccine payment options.</li><li><strong>Template Letters</strong>: Customizable for the organization's Medical Director to communicate effectively with residents and staff.</li><li><strong>Talking Points</strong>: Designed to assist in facilitating vaccination conversations.</li></ul><p>Explore and download these resources and more today at <a href="https://cl.exct.net/?qs=5a23841b8dd9b2c7d3d0495a9bdf812dae2409819a76170d1defc0adc48d9fb77252974129642a906de358cc72c19d8ac9edc474046b97b8" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">getvaccinated.us</a>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><a href="/Quality/Pages/GetVaccinated.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">DOWNLOAD RESOURC​ES</span></a></strong></p>
CDC and CMS Present Stories from the Field: Immunization Strategies for LTChttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/CDC-and-CMS-Present-Stories-from-the-Field-Immunization-Strategies-for-LTC.aspxCDC and CMS Present Stories from the Field: Immunization Strategies for LTC1/19/2024 5:00:00 AM<p></p><div>The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will host a <a href="https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uA4ZKCbUTri_JqCSgPYdyg#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">webinar</a> on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET regarding strategies to increase immunization rates in long term care.  </div><div><br></div><div>This webinar is geared toward nursing home leaders, medical directors, directors of nursing, and infection preventionists interested in collaborating with their staff, residents, and families to maximize COVID-19 vaccination rates at their facilities.  </div><div><br></div><div>During this webinar, attendees will hear directly from nursing home teams that have developed successful strategies to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and fatigue, schedule onsite vaccination clinics, and address staff turnover to ensure residents receive timely vaccinations. </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uA4ZKCbUTri_JqCSgPYdyg#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083">Register here​</a><br></div>The CDC and CMS will host a webinar on January 31, 2024, regarding strategies to increase immunization rates in long term care.