NYS DOH issued guidance to ensure residents of long-term care facilities are vaccinated prior to discharge from a hospital, hospitals must offer vaccine to all such patients prior to discharge to a long-term care facility. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second dose, while the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine requires only a single dose. If available and provided that a patient consents and is determined to be clinically appropriate for such vaccine, hospitals should offer the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine to such patients. Offering the Janssen vaccine will allow patients to receive the benefit of vaccination, enable hospitals to appropriately allocate and administer vaccine for this priority population, and eliminate the need for a second dose in the long-term care facility by offering the one dose shot for these circumstances. See full guidance here.
Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services