COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidance for Senior Affordable Housing

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidance for Senior Affordable Housing

Guidance and Information Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment to Public and Private Low Income and Affordable Senior Housing.

  • Posted on: 16 January 2021
  • By: HRASHID

Peace Be Unto You,

Following up on the Governor’s announcement, the All-LHA call, and the links we sent out on Wednesday, DHCD is sharing this more formal announcement that residents and staff of public and private low-income and affordable senior housing will be prioritized and eligible for vaccination at the start of Phase 2 in February. You may have received this already through an Executive Office of Elder Affairs List Serve, but we don’t want any Housing Authority to miss this critical information. We will be releasing more detailed guidance for affordable housers in general and Housing Authorities in particular in the near future.

We are writing to inform you of recently released guidance and information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine deployment to public and private low income and affordable senior housing. We are grateful for your partnership and your patience as we undertake the largest mass vaccination distribution plan in history.

As you may know, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program to deploy vaccines to Long Term Care Facilities. We were glad to see that the CDC included a select few affordable senior housing properties in the FPPP rollout, however, we recognize that the CDC program only included a small number of properties and the full list of affordable senior housing properties in Massachusetts is much larger.

We are pleased to inform you that both residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing are now included in the first tier of Phase Two of vaccine deployment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which we anticipate to begin later in February.

The guidance and related information can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-senior-housi...

This new guidance is applicable to public and private low income and affordable senior housing defined as any residential premises available for lease by older or disabled individuals which is financed or subsidized in whole or in part by state or federal housing programs established primarily to furnish housing rather than housing and personal services. Specifically, this includes the following types of housing properties:
Public housing properties designated primarily for older adults that are owned/operated by Local Housing Authorities. This includes those public housing properties owned by a Local Housing Authority but managed by a private company.
Privately owned properties designated for older adults that are financed in whole or part through resources made available from DHCD, MassHousing, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and in which the majority of units are restricted to residents earning less than 80% of Area Median Income.

There are three vaccination options for staff and residents who were not included in the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Walgreens. These include:
Organizations may leverage existing pharmacy partnerships or an existing relationship with a medical or community health provider to offer an on-site clinic; or
Organizations may contact their Local Board of Health (LBOH), if the Board is running clinics, to discuss capacity to provide an on-site clinic; or
Residents and staff may schedule an appointment at a provider location, pharmacy, or a Mass Vaccination Site. Additional pharmacy, provider and mass vaccination sites will come on line in the coming weeks.

Any owners, operators, or property managers may reach out to SeniorHousingVaccine@mass.gov with any questions regarding the guidance and vaccine deployment.

SOURCE: Ben Stone Director, Division of Public Housing,Department of Housing & Community Development, Department of Housing and Community Development - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts | 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114,dhcdphcommunications@mass.gov

Yours In Peace
Hasson Rashid
Concerned Citizen
Cambridge,MA