Vaccination plans for long-term-care facilities mired in confusion

By Erin Durkin, National Journal, January 21 2021 Nursing-home residents in line for the coronavirus vaccine at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New York on Jan. 15. State and local health officials have been trying to get staff and residents of long-term-care facilities vaccinated rapidly to avoid more deadly outbreaks within nursing homes and other care settings.

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More than 80% CA Long-Term Care Facilities Unscheduled for COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Candice Nguyen, Michael Bott and Jeremy Carroll, NBC Bay Area, January 17 2021 A total of 83% of California long-term care facilities that plan to vaccinate residents through the federal pharmacy partnership program have yet to receive a clinic date, according to Jan. 10 California Department of Public Health data obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit.

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They’re the most likely to die from COVID-19, but hardly any have been vaccinated

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, January 15 2021 Public health officials have failed to quickly deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the vast majority of sick and elderly residents of California’s longterm care facilities, even though they are among the most vulnerable during the pandemic.(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times) As public health officials scramble to clear a backlog of unused COVID-19 vaccine by opening the process to anyone 65 or older, new data show they failed to quickly deliver shots to the vast majority of California’s most vulnerable residents, who were supposed to be the priority.

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86% of San Diego Assisted Living Homes Still Don’t Have Dates Set for Vaccine Distribution

By Alexis Rivas and Tom Jones, NBC 7 San Diego, January 14 2021  As of Jan. 10, 83% of the long-term care homes in California aren’t just waiting for a vaccine, they don’t even have a date on the calendar to get the first dose. In San Diego, that number is higher Just over 24 hours ago California announced anyone over age 65 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine, jumping ahead to a group that was supposed to fall under Phase 1B of the vaccination planBut NBC 7 Investigates uncovered the overwhelming majority of people in long-term care and assisted living homes, who would fall into the Phase 1A group, are still waiting to get their shots.CVS Pharmacy, who along with Walgreens is heading efforts to deliver vaccines to the vulnerable group, told NBC 7 Investigates the company started setting dates to vaccinate nursing home residents in California on Dec.

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‘Slow-Motion Train Wreck’: Critics Say Long-Term Care Residents Falling Through Cracks in Vaccine Rollout

By Candice Nguyen, Michael Bott and and Jeremy Carroll, NBC Bay Area, January 13 2021 Frustration is mounting among families and industry watchdogs who say elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are slipping through the cracks during California’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and not receiving their shots as quickly as promised by state officials.

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Vaccination Rollout At San Diego Senior Care Facilities Lags Far Behind Plan

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, January 13 2021 CREDIT: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASESAbove: In this undated frame from video provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a scientist returns a novel coronavirus vaccine sample to a freezer in Bethesda, Md. As new COVID-19 cases again surge through senior care facilities in San Diego and throughout the state, getting vaccines into the arms of residents and caregivers has been spotty and slow, according to doctors and advocates.

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Rapid vaccine rollout at California nursing homes raises concern

By Anne Marshall Chalmers, East Bay Times, January 8 2021 Many questions remain regarding consent to elderly As coronavirus vaccines arrive at California nursing homes and long-term care facilities, many residents will be eager to receive a vaccine that promises to finally ease the months of grief and isolation. Before that can happen, though, facilities must obtain consent from their residents, and a growing number of advocates are raising concerns that residents may not get their doubts and questions adequately addressed due to the rapid pace of the vaccination program and varied levels of information given from facility to facility.

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Profit and pain: How California’s largest nursing home chain amassed millions as scrutiny mounted

By Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs, Alice Crites and Will Englund, The Washington Post, December 31 2020 The Novato Healthcare Center is one of about 80 facilities in California’s largest nursing home chain. (Nick Otto for The Washington Post) As advocacy groups call for transparency, documents help trace the flow of public money to a complex network of related companies The largest for-profit nursing home operator in California took control of his first home in 2006 in a Los Angeles suburb that calls itself “the city of opportunity.” Over the next decade, he built a sprawling network of facilities from San Diego to the state’s northern coast.

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San Francisco’s Laguna Honda nursing home reports lowest COVID-19 death rate for its size

By Stephanie Sierra, ABC 7 News, December 21 2020 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, the largest skilled nursing home in the state, continues to report the lowest COVID-19 death rate in the Bay Area for a facility its size. “The city made the decision really early on to be aggressive in terms on how we fought through the pandemic,” said Michael Phillips, CEO of Laguna Honda.

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Nursing homes face daunting task of getting consent before they give coronavirus vaccines

By Fenit Nirappil and Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Washington Post, December 20 2020 Nurse Melissa Valentin prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. (Carlos Giusti/AP) More than 3 million elderly and infirm residents of nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities may face delays in getting coronavirus vaccines as the facilities confront the difficult task of obtaining consent, which consumer advocates, operators and some health officials say should have been simplified and started earlier by the federal government.

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