Long-Term Care Pharmacies

COVID-19 Resources

Responding to COVID-19

As long-term care pharmacies, you support some of the most vulnerable, high-risk patient populations.  Use these resources to support your patients and access the latest developments about the coronavirus.
Updated December 8, 2020 – Heather Zenk, SVP of Strategic Global Sourcing at AmerisourceBergen, provides updates on vaccine approval and the anticipated Operation Warp Speed Timeline.

News & Media

Considerations for Use of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

December 10, 2020
 
A summary of considerations for use of SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing in nursing homes.

Most states choose long-term care to receive first COVID vaccinations, feds say

McKnight's Long-Term Care News

December 10, 2020

Following recommendations, at least 36 states have notified federal health officials they want their first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to go to long-term care facilities.

Trump Administration Partners with Chain and Independent Community Pharmacies to Increase Access to Future COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

November 12, 2020

To maximize access to COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans, HHS announced the U.S. government’s partnerships with large chain pharmacies and networks that represent independent pharmacies and regional chains.

Enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider

Pharmacies that do not participate in the federal allocation program are encouraged to be part of the solution and should coordinate with their jurisdiction’s health department to become COVID-19 vaccine providers.  View the following information before taking steps to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccination provider.

COVID-19 vaccination program provider enrollment

Steps to enroll with your jurisdiction to access and administer a COVID-19 vaccine

Step 1

Work with your state pharmacy association

Your state’s pharmacy association may have up-to-date information on state requirements, data collection efforts, registration as a COVID-19 vaccine provider and more. The U.S. Pharmacist website has compiled useful links to each state pharmacy association.

Step 2

Sign the CDC Covid-19 vaccination provider agreement

Your jurisdiction’s immunization program will provide guidance on how to access, complete, and submit the Provider Agreement.

Step 3

Enroll in your jurisdiction’s Immunization Information System (IIS)

Immunization information systems (IIS) are confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area. Your jurisdiction will provide directions for how to enroll.

Step 4

Be trained in proper vaccine administration & management

To enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider, the CDC is requiring proper training on how to administer vaccines, report and manage vaccine inventory, store and handle vaccine, report adverse events, report doses administered data, and other essential topics.

Step 5

Report Covid-19 vaccine inventory daily to VaccineFinder

In some jurisdictions, providers report daily inventory to the jurisdiction’s IIS, and the jurisdiction reports that information to VaccineFinder on behalf of providers. Providers will receive guidance from their jurisdiction on where to report their daily inventory of COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., IIS or VaccineFinder). If your jurisdiction requires you to report daily inventory to VaccineFinder, you will receive an email to begin the enrollment process in VaccineFinder and complete your VaccineFinder profile.

Additional vaccine resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Round-up

Comprehensive resources and information aggregated from industry resources and partners.

Hear directly from CMS on Medicare enrollment for immunizations

National Community Pharmacists Association

December 8, 2020 – NCPA and CMS will share information on Enrolling Pharmacies as Mass Immunizers on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m. ET. The call will last one hour. To participate, just call 877-256-8277. No meeting ID or passcode is required.
We’re staying in contact with the federal government, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) and our customers to ensure our expertise and services are widely available as we prepare for one or multiple vaccines to be approved and become available.

Therapies

Allocation of Bamlanivimab by Jurisdiction 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Updated weekly, view the federal government's allocation of bamlanivimab to states, territories, and federal entities.

UPDATE: COVID-19 Therapies

November 23, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval and/or Emergency Use Authorizations for several COVID-19 therapies. Log in to your ABC Order account and view our cohesive update on the four available therapies, ordering information and additional resources.

Advocate for long-term care pharmacy relief

Find Your Legislators

Our Indepdendent Voice

Use our tool to find your state and federal lawmakers and urge for long-term care pharmacy relief.

HHS Fails to Address Pandemic Relief for Long-Term Care Pharmacies

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) warns that lack of relief for the vital long-term care pharmacy sector has the potential for devastating effects for vulnerable seniors and the pharmacies that serve them. 

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