GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — After long-awaited completion of clinical trials, engineering of complex distribution channels, and alignment of critical resources, the nation is distributing an effective COVID-19 vaccine capable of producing positive outcomes for recipients and stemming the continued transmission of this deadly virus. HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, a provider of pharmaceutical services, will be vaccinating residents in its clients’ long-term care and congregant living communities.
HealthDirect’s preparation and planning was built around a long-standing relationship with Managed Health Care Associates, Inc., (MHA). Through this partnership and in partnership with sister company Kinney Drugs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HealthDirect is positioned to provide vaccination clinics to some of the most at-risk, and heavily hit populations and communities.
Although allocation of vaccine and distribution models continue to be defined by state and federal governments, HealthDirect plans to begin providing vaccination clinics within its clients’ facilities as early as December 21st. This plan is heavily contingent on available supply and allocation of vaccine.
The clinics will be conducted in three waves to ensure that the maximum number of residents and staff can receive both doses of vaccine, within the required timeframe, and in the safest manner possible. Necessary safeguards will mitigate the risk of further virus transmission, including personal protective equipment and social distancing. HealthDirect will schedule three clinics for each client on predetermined dates, with doses spaced per the vaccine- manufacturer’s recommendations. Recipients must consent to receive the vaccine and will be provided with currently available Emergency Use Authorization facts and information.
“It has deeply pained us to watch the clients and communities we serve suffer through the past nine months of almost unimaginable stress and heartache. The opportunity to have a significant impact on helping them recover from this pandemic is an honor and we intend to take it very seriously.” said Brian Scott, president of HealthDirect. “Our employee-owners and our clients have worked tirelessly to prepare for this moment, and we couldn’t be more pleased to say we are ready, willing, and able to help protect our partners and their communities.”