Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine in Long-term Care Settings
The risk for severe COVID-19 illness increases with older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Because of this, the federal government is committed to ensuring that residents and staff in long-term care (LTC) settings, such as nursing homes, assisted living communities, residential care communities, group homes and senior housing, have access to COVID-19 vaccines. For additional examples of LTC settings, see COVID-19 Vaccine Access in Long-Term Care Settings.
The goal is to continue to protect people who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19—especially residents in LTC settings. It is important to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines while increasing protection for LTC residents.
Many LTC providers have already identified strategies and partnerships to obtain and administer COVID-19 vaccines for residents and staff. These include the following:
- Working with established LTC partners and retail pharmacy partners
- Coordinating with state and local health departments
- Ensuring COVID-19 vaccine equity for LTC staff and residents
Additional strategies can be found in the LTC Pharmacy Partnerships section of the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Planning and Partnerships page.
LTC providers are encouraged to consider the option that works best for their residents and staff when coordinating access to COVID-19 vaccines, either in the local community or on-site. Additional details on these options are available on the pages linked below.
Additional Information: COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations
COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are highly effective at preventing serious outcomes of COVID-19 including severe disease, hospitalization, and death. As with other infectious diseases, people are protected best from COVID-19 when they stay up to date with recommended vaccine doses. Efforts to maximize the proportion of people in the United States who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 remain critical to reducing the spread.
People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have specific COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, which include an additional third dose to complete their primary series, as well as a booster shot for those eligible.
COVID-19 vaccines may be administered along with and on the same day as other vaccines, such as the flu vaccine. Administer each injection in a different injection site. For more information, see Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines.
- Long-term Care Administrators and Managers: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
- How Jurisdictions Can Ensure COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Staff and Residents in Long-term Care Settings
- FAQs About Medical Consent & Additional Dose of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine for Long-term Care Residents
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Long-term Care Residents
- About mRNA Vaccines: Background Information for Healthcare Providers