The initial vaccination blitz in conjunction with CVS Health was completed at all of our campuses in early March. Now, state and federal governments have partnered with long-term care pharmacies across the country to put a Vaccine Maintenance program in place to vaccinate new residents and staff who would like to be vaccinated.
At MHCO, our long-term care pharmacy is Hometown Pharmacy (aka Pharmacy Solutions/Riley Creek Pharmacy) located in Pandora. Hometown Pharmacy has received the allocated vaccines for MHCO communities, and scheduling of these routine maintenance vaccination clinics has begun. Hometown Pharmacy will come on-site to administer the vaccines to all residents and staff who choose to receive it.
These clinics will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm for all MHCO staff. All participating MHCO staff are asked to come to the Home Health office (located in Dogwood Hall of the Mennonite Memorial Home) for this clinic. Staff will need to provide a copy of their insurance or declare that they are uninsured. The consent form and insurance information must be submitted by the Friday prior to the clinic date.
Social Services and Nursing staff will coordinate the vaccination of any MHCO residents who wish to receive the vaccine. Residents from other campuses who are not able to travel to the Home Health office will receive the vaccination at their campus later in the day.
A change from our earlier vaccination clinics – our communities will receive the Moderna vaccine during these maintenance clinics, which also requires two doses. These two doses are to be received approximately 4 weeks apart. We understand that some want to learn more about the vaccine before being vaccinated. Please review the following document to learn more:
In order to vaccinate staff or residents who wish to receive the vaccination, the following pieces of information will need to be collected:
Vaccine Consent Form:
Instructions for Completion of Vaccine Consent Forms:
Please complete the Patient Information and Insurance Information sections of the Vaccine Consent Forms. The COVID-19 Screening Questions and Immunization Screening Questions should not be completed until the day of the vaccination clinic. The consent must be signed by the patient or their responsible party. Unlike the CVS forms, these consent forms are not electronically fillable, so you will need to print and complete by hand and return by mail, by hand delivery or by scanning and e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms must be returned to your campus at least 3 days prior to the clinic in order to input information and coordinate the correct number of doses with Hometown Pharmacy.
Insurance and Prescription Cards:
Copies of insurance and prescription cards should be turned in with the consent form (these may be on file for residents. If not, it will need to be e-mailed or hand delivered to your campus.)
Options available to turn in paperwork:
- Print the COVID Vaccine Consent Form, complete by hand, then scan and e-mail the attachment to email@example.com
- Print out the COVID Vaccine Consent Form, complete by hand, and hand deliver with copies of your insurance card(s) to the front desk of your campus. (Willow Ridge elders and staff should turn their forms into the Mennonite Memorial Home Front Desk) Forms must be received at least 3 days prior to the vaccine clinic.
- Pick up the paper forms from the front desk of your campus (Willow Ridge elders and staff can pick them up at the MMH front desk/vestibule), complete and return with copies of your insurance card(s) to the front desk.
Only those who complete the vaccine consent form will be vaccinated on the day of the clinic. If you are unable to complete the forms in time for this first vaccination clinic, but wish to be vaccinated, you will be included in a subsequent vaccination clinic that has yet to be scheduled. We will notify residents, families and staff of additional clinic dates as soon as we are made aware of them – look out for One-Call-Now and website updates. If you are having difficulty retrieving One-Call-Now voicemails, please be sure that your voicemail is setup, and that your mailbox is not full.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are residents and/or staff required to be vaccinated?
A: No. It is each and every patient’s and/or responsible party’s right to refuse the COVID-19 vaccination.
Q: Will patients be charged for the vaccine?
A: No patient will be charged for the vaccine or its administration. The federal government will provide the vaccine, and the pharmacy will be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance, or in the case of the uninsured, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) program for uninsured patients.
Q: Which vaccine will be made available? What are the side effects? Is it safe?
A: We will be receiving the Moderna vaccine. Please see the linked documents shown above for more information.
Q: Who will be administering the vaccines at the on-site clinics?
A: An appropriate practitioner from the pharmacy will administer the vaccines to residents and staff at the clinics. Personnel are trained and certified according to company and state specific regulations.
Q: Can patients receive other vaccines at the time of COVID administration?
A: No, no patient should receive the COVID vaccine if they have received other vaccines within 14 days.
Q: When will subsequent clinics be scheduled?
A: The clinics are being scheduled at least four weeks apart, but we do not yet have dates for the subsequent clinics at this time.