The primary COVID-19 vaccines have arrived at LMH Well being. Whereas that is an thrilling milestone, it’s going to take time for vaccines to develop into extensively accessible to all who need or want them. We’re working carefully with native, state and nationwide well being businesses and can maintain you knowledgeable as phased distribution plans take form.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made the choice to offer the primary doses to frontline healthcare employees and residents and workers of long-term nursing amenities. Healthcare employees have to be protected with a view to proceed offering care – not solely to COVID-19-positive sufferers, however to sufferers with any well being situation. Seniors dwelling in nursing houses are deemed a high-risk and susceptible inhabitants in want of early intervention.
Whereas we all know many individuals are hopeful to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination quickly, LMH Well being relies on the federal and state governments for vaccine allocation. To this point, now we have acquired 1,607 doses from the Kansas Division of Well being and Setting (KDHE).
Part 1 distribution of the vaccine contains healthcare employees; residents or sufferers in long-term care (LTC), senior housing or LTC-supported unbiased dwelling; and employees important to pandemic response continuity. The KDHE estimates that distribution to this part will proceed by way of at the very least January.
Individuals aged 65 and over; those that stay in congregate settings; and high-contact important employees are eligible to obtain the vaccine within the subsequent spherical (Part 2) as define in KDHE’s plan. Those that are in lower-risk classes will more than likely get vaccinated in late spring/early summer time. These timelines are topic to vary and can rely upon vaccine availability. Right now, there isn’t any have to contact your supplier to join the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination phases in Kansas.
We’ve got created an FAQ to offer info. Go to lmh.org/vaccine and watch LMH Well being’s social media channels for the most recent info.
We are going to share extra as we will. Till then, proceed to follow an infection prevention measures. Put on your masks. Wash your arms. Preserve your distance. Keep away from massive gatherings. Most of all, keep protected and deal with yourselves and one another.