COVID-19 VACCINE Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which vaccine(s) will be available?

Updated 12/18/2020, 1:55 p.m. Central

As of December 18, 2020, here’s what we know:

Two vaccines are submitted for FDA EUA approval. These are Pfizer and Moderna.

  • Pfizer has received FDA EUA approval.
  • Moderna is expected to receive FDA EUA approval this week.
  • Vaccinations for long-term care facilities will begin on or about December 21 and continue thereafter.
  • Both vaccines require two doses either 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) apart.
  • Brands are NOT interchangeable.
  • Distribution of either Pfizer or Moderna will be selected by the state.
Role of the federal government
  • Secure vaccine supplies and distribute to the states.
  • The federal government is distancing itself from the actual distribution and administration and leaving it to the states to deploy their specific plans.
Role of state governments
  • Store, distribute, dispense and report distribution of the vaccine.
  • Obtain vaccine inventory by using pharmacy partners, hospitals or health systems or a combination of all three.

2. Where can I find my state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan?

Updated 12/14/2020, 2:30 p.m. Central

State plans, current as of October 2020, are available at:

3. Who gets the vaccine first at my community – residents or staff?

Updated 12/18/2020, 1:55 p.m. Central

On December 17, 2020, we learned the following groups are included in the first wave of vaccinations:

  • All employees working in a senior living community.
  • Residents in skilled care settings.
  • Residents in assisted living may be included, but will be determined by each state based on availability of the vaccine.
  • Residents in independent living when determined by state and pharmacy partners.
  • Skilled nursing residents and employees and related personnel will be first priority.

Vaccine supply will continue to impact distribution priorities.

4. How will the vaccine be delivered to my community?

Updated 12/15/2020, 2:30 p.m. Central

Initially, state departments of public health will be coordinating the distribution and administration through CVS and Walgreens pharmacies or other determined processes. We learned today that electronic consent forms were added to the CVS COVID-19 Vaccine Resource page.

Important: LCS has NO control over the schedule, process, distribution or administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The LCS Health Services Division and senior leadership will be providing overall strategies and tools.

5. What is the timing for the second shot of the vaccine? Must it be given on the recommended day or is there any flexibility?

Updated 12/14/2020, 2:30 p.m. Central

As recommended by the manufacturer, best practice is to schedule the second dose when the first vaccine is administered. The second dose for the Pfizer vaccine is recommended 21 days following the first dose. The second dose for the Moderna vaccine is recommended 28 days following the first dose.

6. Can my community mandate that residents and/or employees receive the vaccine?

Updated 12/14/2020, 2:30 p.m. Central

Under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, the vaccine should not be mandated. LCS is strongly encouraging all community employees and residents to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program.

7. If an employee chooses not to get vaccinated, will they still be required to wear personal protective equipment? For employees who DO take the vaccine, will they also still wear full PPE?

Updated 12/14/2020, 2:30 p.m. Central

All employees should continue to wear PPE.

Downloadable Resources

Updated 12/14/2020, 2:30 p.m. Central

CVS - CL-LCS Vaccine Flyer-2020Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

As federal and state governments release plans to reopen the economy to essential business, please know the LCS approach to reopen senior living communities will be slow and deliberate. We’ll continue to follow the heightened precautionary measures currently in place including social distancing, restricting non-essential visitors and wearing masks.

Please call the LCS hotline at 855-998-4934 for information on our response measures.

Members of the media can email their inquiries for LCS to Information requests to a senior living community can be made by contacting the community directly.

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