Over the past few weeks, HCAOA has been advocating with both federal and state agencies to include home care workers as a priority group in states’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. Last week, HCAOA and several other national home care and hospice organizations sent a letter to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices urging them to include all frontline home care personnel under the definition of health care workers in their guidelines to states. Since then, HCAOA asked members to also send letters to their governors to reinforce the message – and as of yesterday more than 50 different organizations added their voices to the effort.
While the CDC guidelines are important, the ultimate decision on how the vaccine will be distributed lies with each state. If you’ve not already done so, HCAOA urges all members to send a letter to their state's governor emphasizing the important role home care workers play in protecting those most at risk of the virus and preventing the spread of the disease. HCAOA makes it easy:
Please copy HCAOA at firstname.lastname@example.org when you send the letter so we can track your efforts!