Think Ahead! BE PREPARED for Home Care Worker Vaccination
HCP recently shared the following information in its weekly newsletter, the Insider, to help providers prepare for vaccinating its workforce.
In order to begin preparing your workforce for vaccination without delay, we offer the following planning tips for prioritizing staff members within your agency. This stratification is a required element of a successful immunization program due to limited vaccine supplies, administration logistics, and workforce balance considerations. As HCP learns of the State’s plans, we will update these tips and provide further details to assist you. You are urged to begin Step 1 as soon as possible.
* Develop a list of all workers in your organization
* Rank the workers by COVID exposure risk. Elements to consider include the following: Exposure to COVID-19 patients; Exposure to patients receiving aerosolized therapies in the home (e.g., nebulizer treatments); Exposure to high-risk patients (e.g., elderly patients, diabetics, cardiac care patients); Extensive public transportation use
* Score workers based on known risk factors
* Workers with higher risks should be vaccinated first
STEP 3: (more details on this step will depend on vaccination logistics)
* Divide the list into 3 relatively equal groups based on score (e.g., 1/3 high risk, 1/3 medium risk, 1/3 low risk)
* If possible, do not place all workers serving a single patient into the same group
. This is a workforce balance consideration, as a minority of vaccine recipients may need a day or so away from work post-vaccination due to side effects.
Continue to monitor your weekly HCP Insider and News Alerts for guidance and vaccination news. The COVID-19 immunization situation is very fluid, and HCP is advocating constantly on behalf of our members and home care workers to get both vaccinations and information to you as soon as possible. Contact email@example.com
for comments or questions.