Thank you for everything you’re doing to care for patients with excellence and compassion as we respond to the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. The final weeks of 2020 may be the toughest yet, and it will require us to pull together like never before.
To help us plan distribution of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which we may receive as early as next week, we are asking our caregivers to complete our online Validate and Verify (VAV) tool. Consistent with our high reliability culture, we want to validate and verify the information we have in our records. The tool will prompt caregivers to:
• Confirm or update their role and work location
• Provide a self-assessment of their own risk
• Indicate their level of interest in receiving the vaccine
• Update contact information to schedule a vaccination
To complete the tool, go to VAV.Providence.org. Log in using your work email address and view the tool on Chrome or Edge web browsers. You must be connected to the Providence internet for the tool to work.
Please note we are not making the vaccine mandatory at this time. However, we highly encourage all caregivers to get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible. Immunizing the health care workforce is a critical step in changing the trajectory of this pandemic and finally getting it behind us.
In terms of patients and the public, the vaccine will not be available to them in the initial wave. Long term care residents and patients are the only other group that the CDC has recommended for Phase 1a of the vaccination program. Those vaccinations will primarily be delivered by CVS and Walgreens, and we are awaiting details from the federal pharmacy program about how the vaccine will be made available to our long-term care ministries.
Daily and sometimes hourly, information about the vaccine and its roll-out across the country is changing. We will continue to keep you apprised as we know more. In the meantime, thank you for your incredible dedication throughout this crisis. We remain humbled and inspired by each and every one of you.
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