Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Health care workers and long-term care patients are in the highest priority groups.
“Being at the front of the line for vaccinations is essential to limiting spread of COVID-19 while protecting the frontline health care workforce as well as the patients and families that hospices serve in their community,” said Hannah Yang Moore, chief advocacy officer at the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “The overarching financial concern among hospices is the labor costs associated with staff time dedicated to getting vaccinated. Where these vaccines will be accessed will greatly impact the costs to the hospices.”
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