DHS is Supporting COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses for Residents and Staff in Assisted Living Facilities

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Division of Quality Assurance: Assisted Living

Attn: Assisted Living Providers

DHS is Supporting COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses for Residents and Staff in Assisted Living Facilities

On September 27, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supported the recommendation that certain populations, who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech’s (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine and have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19, receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose. Included in these populations recommended for a booster dose are all residents and staff in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF).

To ensure all residents and staff in ALFs have access to convenient and efficient booster dose vaccination, DHS is offering support in connecting ALFs with COVID-19 vaccinators to provide COVID-19 vaccination on-site.

If your facility currently has staff or residents who are recommended to receive a booster dose of Pfizer, and you are not currently connected with a COVID-19 vaccinator, please communicate your need for vaccination support through the vaccinator matching survey located on the DHS COVID-19: Vaccine Partner webpage. DHS will review your survey submission and follow-up with next steps within seven days.

Fill out the vaccinator matching survey here.

If your staff or residents received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccination, please wait to fill out the survey until booster doses are recommended for those populations.

With the high-level of disease transmission in Wisconsin, DHS also urges you to continue to encourage your residents and staff who are not vaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The support offered by DHS to match you with a vaccinator includes primary series vaccinations. Vaccinators are able to provide vaccinations for any point in the series while on site. DHS also encourages all people to add additional layers of protection, including masking up indoors, staying home when feeling sick, and avoiding large indoor gatherings.

Thank you for your continued dedication and partnership in protecting individuals against COVID-19.