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COVID-19 UPDATE 61
October 27, 2020
Reminder: Opt-In to Florida's LTC Vaccination Program before October 30

The REDCap Website Will Only Be Active Until October 30

At this Time, CVS and Walgreens are the only two Pharmacies Participating in this Program

CDC is partnering with CVS and Walgreens to offer on-site COVID-19 vaccination services for residents (and staff) of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program provides end-to-end management of the COVID-19 vaccination process, including cold chain management, on-site vaccinations, and fulfillment of reporting requirements, to facilitate safe vaccination of this patient populations. The services will be available in rural areas that may not have easily accessible pharmacies. LTCF staff who have not received COVID-19 vaccine can also be vaccinated as part of the program.

Please click below to review the FAQ and Program Overview documents:

As part of this program, which is free of charge to facilities, the pharmacy will:
  • Schedule and coordinate on-site clinic date(s) directly with each facility. Three visits over approximately two months will likely be needed to administer both doses of vaccine and vaccinate any new residents and staff.
  • Order vaccines and associated supplies (e.g., syringes, needles, personal protective equipment).
  • Ensure cold chain management for vaccine.
  • Provide on-site administration of vaccine.
  • Report required vaccination data (approximately 20 data fields) to the local, state/territorial, and federal jurisdictions within 72 hours of administering each dose.
  • Adhere to all applicable Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) COVID-19 testing requirements for LTCF staff. If interested in participating, LTCFs should sign up (or opt out) starting October 19. Sign up will remain open for two weeks.
  • Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will make their selection through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). An “alert” will be incorporated into the NHSN LTCF COVID-19 module to guide users to the form.
  • Assisted living facilities (ALFs) can make their selection via an online REDcap (https://redcap.link/LTCF) sign-up form. Please use the following website to register: https://airc.cdc.gov/surveys/?s=R3TYTJDAW4
  • Facilities will indicate which pharmacy partner (one of two large retail pharmacies or existing LTC pharmacy) they prefer to have on site.
  • Online sign-up information will be distributed through ALF and SNF partner communication channels (email, social media, web).
  • Indicating interest in participating is non-binding and facilities may change their selection or opt in or out via email after the online survey closes.

Once the sign-up period has closed, no changes can be made via the online form, and the facility must coordinate directly with the selected pharmacy provider to change any requested vaccination supplies and services.

CDC will communicate preferences to CVS and Walgreens and will try to honor facility preferences but may reassign facilities depending on vaccine availability and distribution considerations and to minimize vaccine wastage. CDC expects the program services to continue on site at participating facilities for approximately two months. 

After the initial phase of vaccinations, each facility can choose to continue working with CVS or Walgreens or can work with a pharmacy provider of its choice. For questions about the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program, please contact eocevent494@cdc.gov

State's DOH Vaccine Program Planning Underway
The Florida Department of Health is developing a structured base vaccination program using seasonal influenza vaccination activities to test plans for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The goal of the Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Plan is to develop and update a plan for vaccinations as referenced by the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations.

A Vaccination Planning Workgroup has been assembled consisting of 42 members including association representatives from FSLA, FHA, FHCA, LeadingAge and FALA, representatives from AHCA, DOH, Medical Directors, and the State's Emergency Management personnel to help formulate the strategy and receive updated information and key documents about the vaccine initiative.

At this time, it is expected that initial priority groups to receive the vaccines will include:
  • Health care personnel
  • Essential workers
  • Persons with medical conditions at high risk for COVID
  • Older adults (65+)

We will continue to participate in the Planning Workgroup and share any information once it becomes available.
PREP Act Authorizes Pharmacy Techs and Interns to Assist with Vaccines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), issued guidance - PDF* under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizing qualified pharmacy technicians and State-authorized pharmacy interns to administer childhood vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines when made available, and COVID-19 tests, all subject to several requirements.

This guidance clarifies that the pharmacy intern must be authorized by the State or board of pharmacy in the State in which the practical pharmacy internship occurs, but this authorization need not take the form of a license from, or registration with, the State board of pharmacy.

On September 3, 2020, the Assistant Secretary for Health issued guidance authorizing state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and state-licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under the supervision of the qualified pharmacist to administer, to persons ages three or older, COVID-19 vaccinations that have been authorized or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provided that certain conditions are met—thereby making them “covered persons” under the PREP Act with respect to this activity.