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Tampa, Florida — The COVID19 vaccine continues to be rolled out nationwide, but efforts to shoot at long-term care facilities in Florida continue.
The FMDA The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has launched a vaccination reliability initiative.
“We want individuals in nursing facilities to understand that they are part of our medical team. No matter where you work in the building, you are part of the medical team. Yes, you need to be vaccinated. It’s safe, but it keeps others safe, “said Dr. Diane Sanders Sepeda, Executive Vice President of the organization.
They focus on skilled nursing facilities with the lowest vaccination rates for staff by engaging virtually or face-to-face through discussions, education and testimony from clinicians throughout the state. The group said state data indicate that more than 59,000 skilled nursing facility staff have not been vaccinated.
“If possible, we want that number to approach 70% to 80%. We know we can reach that number because we’ve done it at several facilities throughout the state, but we still need to make an impact. Facilities are scattered throughout the state, “says Sanders-Cepeda.
ABC Action News tracks vaccination rates at long-term care facilities. Many residents are vaccinated, but staff vaccination rates are in contrast.
As of March 16, 35.15% of current care facility staff and 39.67% of current care facility staff were receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Health Administration data. On April 14, state data showed rates of 40.13% and 43.36%, respectively. On June 1, AHCA reported that 41.67% of current nursing home staff and 44.01% of current long-term care staff received the vaccine.
The state noted that the number of residents and staff changed frequently and that information was self-reported by the facility.
“If we don’t have staff to vaccinate like the inhabitants, we won’t get back to normal,” said Mary Daniel.
During the pandemic, Daniel founded the Caregivers for Compromise, a group that helps defend families. She partially pointed out the staff turnover.
“We cannot take care of the elderly, the most vulnerable population. Therefore, we first blocked these facilities. If there is a risk of bringing the virus into the facility, we will take care of the elderly. You can’t do it. It’s unfair that they’ve done everything they need to do, “Daniel said.
Meanwhile, Florida has informed medical facilities that it no longer needs to report information to the emergency status system as it moves to the next stage of COVID 19 compliance. This means that hospital capacity dashboards and long-term care facility reports are no longer created.
The agency said:
“Data show that Florida healthcare facilities are well-suited for transitioning to pre-pandemic activities. Florida has reduced COVID-19 hospitalization by 41% in the last 30 days (after May 5). As of June 4, 0.12% of residents of special nursing homes and nursing homes were COVID-positive. SNF and ALF COVID-positive residences in the last 30 days (after May 5). Has decreased by 50%.
“Reporting the emergency status system was actually an additional reporting requirement for the facility, so this actually eases them a bit,” said Kristen Nap, Communications Director, Florida Healthcare Association. Mr. says.
Nap said the nursing facility still has federal reporting requirements and will include information on vaccine education from Monday.
“They intend to track educational factors. They provide information to staff and residents, the facility provides education and vaccines, provides people with information about it, and staff who may have refused it. What we are doing to ensure that we provide the policies and procedures that the facility is implementing to re-educate must first be vaccinated, “says Nap.
Meanwhile, she said it was important for people to understand that Elderly Housing with Care is still working to combat pandemics through PPE, testing and screening.
“In reality, I think we care for very vulnerable people. For us, everything we can do to make sure they are safe and protected, and let people vaccinate. Including that.