Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association
Please note: This information provided is for educational purposes. Any agency who wishes to implement practices listed must follow appropriate procedures for approval from Administration and Medical Direction as outlined per MoBEMS regulations.
Vaccinators should begin to provide doses to employees in all 1A groups. Through the partnership and feedback received from the Equitable Vaccination Advisory Committee, a more detailed breakdown of 1A patient-facing healthcare workers has been developed and can be seen below. Many in 1A are employed by an unaffiliated healthcare provider. An unaffiliated healthcare provider is one who is not affiliated with a hospital/healthcare system or other enrolled vaccinator.
Vaccinators should begin providing doses to employees in all 1A groups.
You will be instructed to identify yourself as an unaffiliated healthcare provider in 1A, inform the vaccinator of your provider type (EMS) and communicate the number of healthcare workers you have a need to vaccinate when contacting your location.
1A providers/employers are instructed to contact local vaccinators and arrange for a partnership to vaccinate your staff in the area. Once a partnership agreement has been established via communication between the provider/employer and the vaccinator, it is the expectation of the vaccinator to arrange for ordering supply to meet the cumulative demand of agreements made.
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COVID-19 VACCINATION PLANNING (9/27/20)
N95 Mask Decontamination Service
DHSS is currently working with Battelle on a N95 decontamination option. Battelle is a company in Ohio that has been in business for 90 years. They are working with the federal government—FEMA and others—to provide N95 mask decontamination. The service is free but there are exact instructions to follow in packaging the masks and sending them for decontamination.
See documents here:
The first step is to sign an agreement with Battelle, and then information will fall into place. Decontamination will take place in Jefferson City. One of the documents is a map showing the local sites for drop off—all national guard armories. Couriers will take the boxes from the armories to Jeff City. Every effort will be made to return the masks to the drop-off/pick-up site within 72 hours. The agency will get the same masks they sent in.See the documents above and reach out to DHSS or Battelle with questions.
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