‘Taking Advantage of Home-Based Provider Workforce’ Will be Key to Vaccine Delivery

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020

Pfizer and Moderna have both recently announced that their vaccines are showing a 90% effective rate against COVID.  With a vaccine on the horizon, the question now becomes how to effectively and safely vaccinate the country, especially seniors.

According to the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, currently 2 million seniors are homebound, making going out to get a vaccine may not be possible.

“[For this population], just going to the clinics, to the hospitals, to the drive-thru testing centers, wherever the COVID-19 vaccine is going to be made available, is a challenge,” Marc Rothman, chief medical officer of Signify Health, told Home Health Care News.  “Even in the days of Marcus Welby that people harken back to, there was not remotely the same sheer number of providers in patients’ homes as there is today,” he said. “As we try to deliver what, I think, is supposed to be 300 million doses to the U.S. population over the next six to …12 months, we really should be taking advantage of the home-based provider workforce.”

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