Covid 19 Q+A

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We know you have concerns about the logistics pertaining to getting the necessary vaccine doses so we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions facilities are asking and provide concise, accurate answers.


This depends on two things: 1. where you are located, and 2. which pharmacy are you serviced out of. Currently, we have received allocation of Moderna vaccine in Ohio and Florida pharmacies for those facilities. Our Rochester Location has been allocated Janssen product. Our NY facilities that are serviced from the NJ pharmacy have been allocated Pfizer primarily and a small amount of Janssen product. Our NJ Facilities that are serviced from NJ pharmacy are just starting off with a small allocation of Janssen.  We are expecting Pfizer to be available soon.

No, currently only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a 2 dose series. Pfizer is given 21 days apart and Moderna is given 28 days apart.  The Janssen vaccine is a single dose vaccine.

No, If you got Pfizer for the first dose, you need Pfizer for the second dose.  Same applies for Moderna.   The only time you can use Janssen can be considered as a second dose, is if someone had a severe anaphylactic reaction to the first dose of pfizer or moderna.
You should not get the vaccine if you currently have covid or within 14 days of having Covid.  However, you absolutely should get the vaccine even if you had covid already.  The recommendation is after 14 days or anytime after that.
At this time we cannot pick and choose which vaccine we want based on preference.  The goal is to get as many individuals vaccinated as possible and prevent death and hospitalizations.  All 3 vaccines one the market have proven to do that. 
Specialty rx is an approved vaccine provider through the CDC federal program and is participating in phase 2, or the ongoing vaccination process for the long term care faciities.
Specialty is setting up tentative clinic dates to cover all of our facilities.  Your account manager will reach out to you and request from you a roster of residents and staff that need vaccine and an order form.  We will also need to know if your facility can provide designated nurses to administer the vaccine.  Once we have this preliminary information, we can confirm a clinic date and time.  You will receive an email with information on the clinic set up, consent forms, and the emergency use authorization fact sheet that must be provided to all vaccine recipients.  To help clinics run smoothly, it is very important that consent forms are filled out entirely and signed BEFORE the clinic.  Only the prescreen gets filled out during the clinic.
Yes, specialty is continuing the ongoing clinics for your facility, so we will be back at your facility every 3-4 weeks to administer the 2nd doses and any new 1st doses at that time.
Specialty has to accommodate all of its facilities and cycle through everyone.  Additionally we will need to come back every 3-4 weeks to administer any needed second doses.  Facilities should maintain ongoing lists of admissions and new staff that require vaccination.  Once you have the minimum to use up a vial and avoid waste ( 5 or 6 doses depending on which vaccine) we will be able to accommodate. 
At this time, the vaccine administration process must be overseen by the pharmacy based on the CDC agreement requirements.  Therefore, Specialty will have an account manager or agency contracted nurse at the clinic.  However, the actual administration of the vaccine can be done by designated nurses at the facility and a signed agreement between specialty and the facility.
Specialty will be doing the state IIS reporting for you as well as the federal reporting to the CDC.  The reporting requirements have a tight timeline, so the best way you can help is by making sure all the important information is filled out on the consent forms.  Missing information will cause reporting delays.