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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. 

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COVID-19 VACCINATION PLANNING (9/27/20)

Dear Healthcare Professional,

On behalf of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services we are reaching out to you for assistance in planning for the administration of a future COVID-19 vaccine to Missouri residents.  A COVID-19 vaccine may become available in limited amounts as early as November 2020, and larger numbers of doses may be expected in early 2021.  The success of the COVID-19 vaccination program will depend on the strong partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, healthcare organizations and other vaccination providers in the community.  To assist in developing these partnerships, ensuring processes and training to effectively and safely deliver vaccine, and collecting reliable vaccination data, CDC is providing a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement and a COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Profile Form. These forms do not be need to be completed at this time, fillable PDF versions are being created and will be shared as soon as available.  Also attached is a playbook and an overview document to review prior to completing the site survey.

The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement (section A) specifies the conditions of participation for vaccination provider organizations and their constituent facilities in the US COVID-19 vaccination program.  COVID-19 vaccine products will be available only to organizations that sign and agree to the conditions of this agreement.  The agreement is between CDC and the organization and must be used by the state to enroll COVID-19 vaccination provider organizations in the program.  A signed CDC COVID-19 vaccination program provider agreement is required for any organization to receive delivery of any COVID-19 vaccine from CDC's distributor or a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer.  The chief medical officer (or equivalent role) and chief executive officer (or chief fiduciary) signing this agreement must be the individuals who will be held accountable for and responsible for compliance with the conditions outlined in the agreement. For smaller practices the CMO and CEO/CFO may be the same person signing both for both roles.

The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Profile Form (section B of form) outlines key minimum data elements required by CDC to be collected from every vaccination provider location receiving COVID-19 vaccine and constituent products, such as receiving site address information, practice type, and patient population size and volume.  These data elements must be collected, compiled, and reported to CDC by awardees for every location where patients will be vaccinated, whether the location receives directly shipped or redistributed COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccine coordinator listed on this form is the individual who will be responsible for receiving vaccine shipments, monitoring storage unit temperatures, managing inventory, etc.  This form must be fully completed, and the medical/pharmacy director or vaccine coordinator must provide signature attesting to the ability of any listed COVID-19 vaccine storage units to maintain required temperature ranges.

In an effort to identify potential vaccination sites and plan for any shortfall areas across the state a site survey has been developed to provide timely actionable data through survey monkey at the following address.  We ask that a separate survey be completed for each site you have within your system to ensure we are able to evaluate for adequate vaccinator coverage. The survey can be completed at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BYJKMDQ

We thank you in advance for your assistance in obtaining this information and ask that the survey be completed no later than close of business on September 30, 2020..

Josh Moore, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy
MO HealthNet Division
Department of Social Services
Office (573) 751-6961

General Links/Resources

      Missouri Resources

      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.


      CMS & COVID-19

      UPCOMING WEBINARS

      NAEMT FREE CE Webinar - July 14 - 12:30 pm CST

      Topic: Crew Resource Management in Crisis Response

      Learn more and register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/246641756620659468

      Funding for EMS - Action needed today!

      4/23/20 - While EMS agencies have received some relief through the passage of the CARES Act, the needs of our EMS agencies and personnel serving on the frontlines of this pandemic war were not adequately addressed through the CARES Act legislation. All EMS systems, whether they are public, private or a combination of both, are struggling.

      Please ask Congress to provide direct funding relief for EMS in Phase 4 COVID-19 legislation to ensure that we can safely continue to serve our communities! It takes less than a minute!

      TAKE ACTION HERE.  It only takes a few moments.

      Advocacy

      News & Feedback Needed

      • DDTC Announces New COVID-Related Measures Covering Registration and Licensing (4/29/20)
      • Advanced Estate Planning Solutions: Responding to COVID-19 (4/29/20)
      • Supply chain choked by demand for protective gear (4/8/20)
      • COVID-19 Impact in Missouri - Feedback Requested
        As we work through the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic across our state, we would like to begin tracking the impact the virus is having on our response community.  We have developed a web-based product to capture this impact data.  Although your participation is voluntary, it will help provide a statewide and regional assessment of the virus's effects on all the responder disciplines we're attempting to track.  Thank you for participating.  The following link allows response agencies to complete a short survey and provide information on responder COVID-19 cases.   https://arcg.is/8r51n

        This single link is for use by all fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical service agencies in Missouri and may be completed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet.

      CARES Act Grant and Stimulus Programs

      There are a few programs that organizations are using to help with liquidity during the COVID-19 pandemic:

      • CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The CARES Act provides significant funding for Section 7(a) Payroll Protection Program loans for organizations with fewer than 500 employees. If your organization satisfies the eligibility criteria it may be eligible to receive a loan equal to 2 ½ times your average monthly payroll up to a maximum of $10 million to fund payroll, rent, utilities and interest on mortgages, and existing debt. The best part is that some or all of the loan may be forgiven when you meet the conditions under PPP.
      • SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL): SBA EIDL has been approved for COVID-19 funding for all states. Loans are for working capital and organizations can receive up to $2 million. Loans bear interest at 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Payments are deferred for one year.
      • CARES Act’s Emergency Grant: Organizations applying for the EIDL can also qualify for an additional $10,000 emergency grant, paid within 3 days, even if the application is denied.
      • Midsized Loan Program: CARES Act provides $500 billion that can be used for the Treasury to make and guarantee loans. Interest rates are not to exceed 2% and eligible businesses include those with 500 to 10,000 employees. The loans contain various provisions related to the workforce, dividends, etc. More guidance on the application process is expected by mid-April.
      • Other Grant Programs: As a result of the CARES Act and other relief and emergency funding opportunities, there will be more grant opportunities available at the federal, state, and philanthropic / foundation level.  There will be opportunities available for businesses, state and local governments, higher education institutions, health care related entities, and nonprofits. Many of these funding opportunities and programs are still “trickling down” from the federal level or are still being developed by the funding agencies and in most cases the application process is not yet set up. 
      • LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CARES ACT HERE.

      Other Resources

      Recorded Webinars/Online Training

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