HCAOA joined a coalition of the nation’s leading home care and hospice organizations to send a letter yesterday supporting draft recommendations pending before the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on the prioritization of vaccine access. Home care and hospice staff of all disciplines are included in the first group (Phase 1a) to access to the COVID-19 vaccine since the workforce is properly included in ACIP’s definition of health care workers.
“Home-based providers are working aggressively to prevent any spread of the virus from the community to their direct care professionals and the individuals they serve. Prioritizing vaccinations for our frontline health care staff and the high needs individuals we serve will be critical in achieving that goal,” the groups write in the letter to the ACIP.
According to HCAOA’s Executive Director Vicki Hoak the letter reflects the entire home care and hospice community’s efforts to ensure that all frontline workers are recognized for the valuable role they play during this pandemic.
Previously, HCAOA worked with state chapter leaders to urge them to contact their respective state officials to ensure that home care workers receive the vaccine. Stay tuned for action alerts from HCAOA to ask for your help in this effort.