Methodist Manor preps for vaccination Dec. 28-Jan. 18

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Iowa Health Care Association has released details for upcoming steps as health care workers and residents in long-term care settings are the first priorities for vaccinations.

There are three pharmacies that have been assigned to complete vaccine administration in long-term care facilities across Iowa.

Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake has been assigned to Walgreens, according to CEO Nick Landgraf.

“All Iowa facilities will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccination entails receiving an injection, then 21 days later receiving a 2nd booster injection,” Landgraf said. “A signed consent for will be required for residents to receive the vaccine.”

Walgreens staff will be onsite in the local facility to administer vaccine between December 28 and January 18, under the Long-Term Care Pharmacy COVID-19 Clinics program.

“Pharmacies estimate that it will take three to four weeks to get all nursing facilities through the first dose administration, with all facilities targeted to receive round one by January 18,” Ladgraf said.

The vaccine requires 28 days for full immunity protection after the second dose, meaning the earliest nursing facilities can expect to have some level of good immunity would range anywhere from February 2-March 8th, he noted.

The immediate priority of the state is to provide the vaccine at skilled nursing facilities. Vaccination at assisted living facilities will commence after all nursing facilities receive the vaccine - the state is targeting late January or February for assisted living centers. 

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