With New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender public health swamped with vaccine calls, online portals could ease the strain – Port City Daily

Busy signals and overstrained call centers can be commonplace when so many people seek the Covid-19 vaccine. With even more people becoming eligible on the horizon, New Hanover County hopes to expand its options. (Port City Daily/Courtesy of New Hanover County) SOUTHEASTERN NC — Facing vast enthusiasm among senior citizens eager to receive their Covid-19 vaccine, the tri-county region is experiencing high call volume at their public health centers every week for appointments. Some counties are looking toward utilizing an online portal system to help streamline the process. New Hanover County Public Health has activated emergency protocols and brought in staff from other county departments to help run the Covid-19 call center.…
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It’s chaos as older people struggle to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Here is what you can do – CNN

Acting on a Sunday 4:30 a.m. email request to register, Wilkinson snagged an appointment last week for her wife, Susan, and herself just after Georgia announced that it was moving to Phase 1B of the phased rollout. That meant the vaccine would now be available to the state’s 1.4 million seniors 65 and over, including Wilkinson. Yet her social media feed was filled with frustrated folks unable to find a shot anywhere. “More than that, I have so many friends who are trying to make appointments for their elderly parents in other states and the information out there is just completely, totally confusing,” Wilkinson said.…
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Opinion: As Houston gets browner and grayer, we have a moral obligation to enhance elder care – Houston Chronicle

Opinion // Outlook By Joseph A. Fiorenza, William A. Lawson and David A. Lyon Jan. 15, 2021Updated: Jan. 15, 2021 8:37 p.m. We three members of Houston’s faith communities — an archbishop, Baptist minister and rabbi — want to make sure that our elders have access to the best health care available. Known locally as the “Three Amigos,” we believe that our brothers and sisters have a moral obligation to ensure that our parents, neighbors and strangers receive age-friendly care in a timely and expedient manner. Though we are renowned for specialized interventions, there is a gap here in the number of facilities and health care professionals that give priority to healthy aging.…
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As SC opens coronavirus vaccines to elderly, here’s what you need to know – Charleston Post Courier

After administering over 4 million coronavirus tests and inoculating thousands of essential staff, health care groups in the Palmetto State are starting to push the vaccinations out to the general public. But in the midst of the vaccine expansion, officials on Friday confirmed another snag in the process.  With South Carolina officials rushing to get the state’s most vulnerable residents vaccinated against the coronavirus, authorities reported new hurdles in the supply chain on Friday.  Authorities reported that the state would receive its usual allocation of 63,000 to 64,000 weekly doses, but some hospitals had requested “four to five times more doses than they had in previous weeks,” according to the S.C.…
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CVS Health Launches Senior Medical Alert System, Symphony – – HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health announced Symphony, a medical alert system designed to keep seniors safe and connected at home. – Symphony consists of a collection of in-home and wearable devices that offer a new at-home experience by connecting a suite of sensors that can monitor for falls, motion, and room temperature while also providing a 24/7 personal emergency response platform for use when needed. CVS Health, today announced the release of Symphony medical alert system to help caregivers monitor the safety and well-being of loved ones, even from afar. This collection of in-home and wearable devices offers a new at-home experience by connecting a suite of sensors that can monitor for falls, motion, and room temperature while also providing a 24/7 personal emergency response platform for use when needed.…
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Some senior care staff unsure about the coronavirus vaccine as managers race to educate workers – OregonLive

John Eaglin Jr. works with some of the most vulnerable Oregonians, but when he learned he could get a shot of the vaccine against the coronavirus, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to do it. He combed the internet to learn how the vaccine was produced, what corners may have been cut to get it approved so fast and whether clinical studies had actually proved it was safe. “It’s an important decision to make,” said Eaglin, who supervises dining staff in the Portland senior care facility Rose Villa. “And it’s worth putting in the effort.” Eaglin is one of tens of thousands of senior care workers in Oregon who must decide if they want to get a shot of new coronavirus vaccines that federal officials approved last month after a break-neck scientific effort to fight the pandemic.…
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Covid Vaccine Effort: The Push to Reach Wary Medical Workers – The New York Times

Advertisement Continue reading the main story Some staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities don’t want to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Their employers are trying to change their minds. Juniper Communities, a long-term care chain in three states, is requiring most workers to get vaccinated.Credit…Mark Makela for The New York Times Jan. 14, 2021 Anxious about taking a new vaccine and scarred by a history of being mistreated, many frontline workers at hospitals and nursing homes are balking at getting inoculated against Covid-19. Anxious about their patients’ health and scarred by many thousands of deaths in the past year, hospitals and nursing homes are desperate to have their employees vaccinated.…
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Coronavirus: Pacifica Senior Living residents, staff receive vaccines – Vacaville Reporter

Wednesday marked a day of optimism at Pacifica Senior Living. The assisted living center was among several facilities approved by Solano County to have coronavirus vaccines provided to staff and residents. Kaiser Permanente doctors were on hand to administer the Moderna vaccines in a booth in the parking lot. Benjamin Gammon, an EMS coordinator with Solano’s Health and Social Services department, said the state sends the vaccines and the county delegates tiers for the vaccines to be distributed while also working with NorthBay and Kaiser. “We’re also providing help with giving vaccines,” he said. “We have two nurses and two paramedics in our team for the Solano County EMS, and we’re working with Medic Ambulance to provide an EMT.”…
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South Dakota to rush COVID-19 vaccine to elderly, ‘high risk’ – Grand Forks Herald

The South Dakota Department of Health announced its updated vaccination plan Wednesday, Jan. 13, which will shortly move to offering vaccinations to seniors and high risk individuals — a group designated 1D. While the state will start age-based vaccinations with those age 80 and older, the group will be expanded to those age 65 and older as vaccines come available. Federal officials on Tuesday, Jan. 12, urged states to began offering vaccinations to those age 65 and older, who have proved particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The federal government has said it plans to release additional vaccines to speed up the number of nationwide vaccinations, which has lagged supply in many states.…
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Benchmark CEO Looks Ahead As Company Adds CCRC, Taps Medical Experts – Senior Housing News

Senior living providers in the Northeast U.S. ran into significant challenges as Covid-19 spiked last spring, and Benchmark was no exception. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based senior living provider is currently working its way back to more stable operations, according to Benchmark Founder and CEO Tom Grape. The effort is evident in two news announcements this week. Benchmark has acquired an ownership stake in the largest continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Connecticut, and assumed operations of the campus. The provider is also navigating the pandemic with guidance from its coronavirus advisory council of medical and public health experts. The council includes a former U.S.…
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