Vaccine educational activities have been a key strategy used by providers in order to ensure widespread uptake among their staff members, according to the nation’s top nursing home groups. 

A new LeadingAge survey of more than 1,200 long-term providers revealed that virtually every one of them (99.98%) has used some type of educational tool to inform staff, residents and clients about the vaccine. Ninety-two percent said they’ve sent letters or distributed handouts, while 60% have hung posters around their facilities and communities.

The educational activities regarding the vaccine varied among the providers and included hosting town hall meetings with Q&A sessions, arranging informational sessions between staff and the facility medical director, and having staff who have already received their first dose share their experience with those who are apprehensive. 

Close to half of the respondents (44%) said that between 30% and 60% of staff have already received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

Although respondents noted that more residents than staff have received vaccines thus far, LeadingAge noted that “comments [from providers] indicate growing confidence that the second and third clinics will increase the number of staff vaccinations.” 

The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living also has stressed communication and education among staff as a key strategy for success in building vaccine confidence among workers. 

The association highlighted tools such as promotional videos showcasing why staff are planning to get vaccinated, town hall meetings and peer-to-peer engagement for providers.

“The long-term care profession is at the forefront of the COVID-10 vaccine distribution process. LTC will play a key role in reducing the prevalence and impact of COVID-19 and promoting vaccine safety and uptake. Ensuring staff in all LTC and senior living settings receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be vital in saving lives,” the association wrote.