Concerns over Administration Vaccination Plan
Friday, October 16, 2020
Nation’s Senior Care Pharmacists Raise Concerns over Administration Vaccination Plan; Emphasize the Need for CDC to Utilize Existing Vaccination Infrastructure
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) appreciates the effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their leadership in crafting the distribution plan for phase 1B of the future COVID-19 vaccination rollout. CDC is working to ensure that older adults in long-term care settings will receive the COVID-19 vaccine safely and efficiently. But this only occurs by allowing facilities to utilize their current contracted pharmacies to distribute and administer the vaccine.
ASCP Chief Executive Chad Worz, BCGP, PharmD, stated, “Pharmacists are a key solution to this current health care emergency. Long-term care (LTC) pharmacies and pharmacists provide specialized skills and services to our nation's older adults residing in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The delicate relationship between these pharmacies and their facility clients is critical to safe and effective use of all dangerous medications. Ensuring these contracted LTC pharmacies provide this important vaccine to their facility partners is the primary strategy in a successful vaccination campaign.”
CDC leadership has worked closely with ASCP to ensure appropriate vaccination of this vital population by long term care pharmacists. ASCP remains concerned with the administration’s arrangement with two national chain pharmacies to send other personnel into facilitates to provide inoculations. LTC settings are unique centers with unique medication needs, and a successful vaccination plan must utilize the specialized LTC pharmacies, staff, consultant pharmacists, nurses, and other clinicians that are trained to keep this vulnerable population safe and healthy. We urge CDC to continue to develop access for long term care pharmacies and we urge long term care facilities to continue to use their existing pharmacies and pharmacists to vaccinate their residents to ensure the most safe and effective outcome for our nation’s older adults.
ASCP represents the nation’s senior care pharmacists and the unique medication and vaccination needs of older adults residing in a variety of environments including nursing facilities, sub-acute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs, and home and community-based care.