The Maryland nursing home is already preparing to receive the vaccine when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering the next move.
Nursing homes are waiting for specific guidelines on how this works.
Nursing homes are monitoring the development of vaccines because they are very concerned about the recent surge in coronavirus and are trying to protect their residents.
Nursing homes in Maryland want to get a coronavirus vaccine to prevent the virus and keep residents and staff healthy.
“We are absolutely excited that the CDC Advisory Board has included Group 1a caregivers and residents for the distribution of the vaccine,” said Michael Jacobs, Government Affairs Representative at Fundamental.
Fundamental’s network includes the Forest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville and 10 other facilities in Maryland.
Jacobs says the nursing home is trying to get everything ready while waiting for permanent CDC approval. This limits the number of initial doses, such as conversations with workers and notifications to family members of loved ones in care, and it is not determined which care facility will get the vaccine first.
“We are confident and hope that the vaccine will be distributed to some nursing homes by the end of the month,” said Jacobs.
The recent surge in coronavirus cases continues to affect long-term care facilities.
The latest figures show that 186 nursing homes and 132 supported living facilities are involved in the recent outbreak of coronavirus.
“Despite all the precautions I took, I wore PPE and checked the temperature. Unfortunately, it was still in the building, so it was an incredible challenge,” Jacobs said. It was.
Another challenge is trying to maintain the workforce needed to stay operational. Recently, Governor Larry Hogan called on nursing homes to bring in unlicensed individuals to help perform less important tasks..
“We welcome the opportunity to expand our workforce and help provide quality care to our residents at facilities throughout Maryland,” Jacobs said. “Volunteers must pass the same health protocol that staff have passed and are willing to submit the twice-weekly test they are currently conducting on staff.”
Jacobs also says that nursing homes are using and starting to use all the resources available.