Drive for 75: Resources from Week 19

Regulation | July 09, 2021 | by Jill Schumann

LeadingAge Coronavirus Update Calls feature brief segments called “Drive for 75” to promote the successful vaccination of at least 75% of our aging services providers’ workforce, and as needed, residents, by June 30. We will cover developments in the news, research, and innovative practices that support our members in attaining high vaccination rates.

This Week’s Highlights:

Volume Forty Nine: Air Date 7.7.21. “Update on COVD in the U.S.”

New COVID-19 cases are now increasing, a change from previous declines over the last couple of weeks. Nationwide, daily cases have risen 5 percent over the last two weeks, as of July 6, according to The New York Times. And, as of July 6, COVID-19 hospitalizations are currently rising in 17 states. Many surges are emerging in rural areas with low vaccination rates. Younger patients are also accounting for more COVID-19 hospitalizations than previous waves. Studies have shown that, since early May, nearly every hospitalization and death from COVID-19 has occurred in unvaccinated Americans,

As of July 4, 67.1 percent of all American adults have received at least one vaccine dose, while 58.2 percent of American adults are fully vaccinated, reports the CDC. In light of this, President Biden announced plans for a more targeted vaccination strategy. The administration will be working to "wind down" mass vaccination sites, while increasing vaccine access and uptake, focusing on five key strategies:

  • Implementing a "door-to-door" education campaign to help inform Americans about the vaccine's safety and affordability
  • Renewing efforts to bring vaccines to more primary care doctors, family doctors, and other healthcare providers' offices, as well as supporting walk-in vaccination in pharmacies
  • Strengthening its approach to getting vaccines into the hands of pediatricians and other providers serving young people during "back-to-school" check-ups and physicals required for fall sports
  • Continuing to make the vaccine available to workers by launching vaccine clinics at work sites, or helping employers to offer paid time-off for employees to get vaccinated at a nearby facility
  • Expanding the number of mobile clinics at festivals, sporting events, and places of worship

The administration will also increase its response to address future outbreaks among unvaccinated communities by "mobilizing COVID-19 surge response teams," with experts from the CDC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies.

In other news, the Oakland Zoo has begun a vaccination program to inoculate its highest risk animals from COVID-19 with an experimental vaccine that has been authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It began to give doses to tigers, black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions and ferrets. The zoo next plans to give doses to primates, including chimpanzees, as well as fruit bats and pigs.

Lions, and tiger, and bears, oh my! If they can do it, we can do it – let’s get more shots in human arms, too!