Coronavirus Update #216
Webinars Today, #GetVaccinated, Navica App Registration, Other COVID Updates
TODAY: AHCA/NCAL Webinar and CMS-CDC Call on the Moderna Vaccine

CMS-CDC Nursing Home Stakeholder Call: Vaccination Among Residents and Staff
  • Tuesday, December 22 at 1 PM ET
  • Hosted by CMS and the CDC
  • Dial in: (833) 614-0820 
  • Conference ID: 7979889
AHCA/NCAL #GetVaccinated Toolkit

Last week, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), launched a campaign to encourage long term care residents and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Branded collateral and informational materials have been shared with AHCA/NCAL members across the country. Using the hashtag #GetVaccinated, this campaign also seeks to raise awareness online, especially among family members of long term care residents. By encouraging their loved ones to get vaccinated, family members can play an important role in the effort to eradicate the virus from long term care settings.

AHCA/NCAL has also developed a new #GetVaccinated infection control flyer that is available here and posted on the AHCA/NCAL #GetVaccinated webpage. It is available in both English and Spanish and would be a good handout to distribute to staff at vaccination clinics.
Additionally, if you have any success stories or best practices in promoting vaccine uptake, please feel free to Abigail Barreto at ACHA/NCAL.
To view all the materials please visit
REMINDER: Abbott NAVICA App Registration
All facilities that are using Abbott BinaxNOW must register themselves with Abbott and the Navica App.
When the app goes live with being able to connect with State reporting, there will likely be an influx of registrations. Therefore, It is highly recommended for facilities currently using the BinaxNow to register ASAP.
Other COVID-19 Updates

OSHA Releases Resource for Understanding Compliance with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard: OSHA has released a new resource to help employers understand compliance with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

CMS COVID-19 Infection Control for Psychiatric and ICFs/IID: Last week​, CMS released a memo (QSO-21-07-Psych Hospital, PRTF & ICF/IID) impacting psychiatric hospitals, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID). Read More

HHS ASPR Implements SPEED to Assist in Allocation of Monoclonal Antibodies: HHS ASPR implemented a federal program called Special Projects for Equitable and Efficient Distribution (SPEED) for the allocation of the COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies (mAb). Read More
Upcoming Webinar: Community Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccines

Join a community discussion on the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines on Jan. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Horizon Foundation, the Howard County Health Department and Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. See the flyer here with more information.
Date: Jan. 7, 2021
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Cost: No cost, free to everyone
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Thank you.

We cannot thank you enough for the dedication and diligence in doing all that you can for the residents in your communities. HFAM continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with our state and national partners and will do all we can to support you during this time.