As of December 18, 2020, here’s what we know:
Two vaccines are submitted for FDA EUA approval. These are Pfizer and Moderna.
State plans, current as of October 2020, are available at:
On December 17, 2020, we learned the following groups are included in the first wave of vaccinations:
Vaccine supply will continue to impact distribution priorities.
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.
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.
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.
All employees should continue to wear PPE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information requests to a senior living community can be made by contacting the community directly.