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My mom receives 24/7 care from private-pay caregivers who have been with her for 3-5 years.
She lives in a retirement community which has an associated long-term care facility and provides home care services to residents who need it. (We tried them and didn't like them.)
My mom has also been receiving hospice care since August as her dementia is progressing, and she had some stroke/TIA episodes.
Since I am responsible for my mom's caregivers as their employer, I have been trying to figure out how to arrange for them to get the Covid-19 vaccination. In my state, Texas, they should be towards the end of the first group, possibly in early or mid January.
The retirement community has been working with the state department of health, and has a plan for vaccinating residents and employees. They advised me to contact my caregiver's doctors.
The hospice nurse said that they haven't heard much yet and if I find anything out, please tell her. (That was a couple of weeks ago, maybe she knows more now.)
The state health department receptionist that I talked to on the phone was sympathetic, and will call me when she knows more... That was 2 weeks ago. I called again today, and got the same answer. I expect they are pretty busy, and someone who employs two caregivers is pretty low in their priorities right now.
Has anyone else had any better luck?

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Hello,
I am having the same issue. My mom has severe dementia, and I have a private caregiver who will NOT get the vaccine when the staff at the skilled nursing facility do. They refused!
Also, the facility recently stopped my care giver from entering as positivity rates in the county are high,even though she gets tested the same number of times as the staff there, and is essential to my mom. My mom has mentally declined over the last 3 weeks as family is not allowed to visit, and now the caregiver who has been with her for one year has suddenly stopped coming. I don't know what to do.
Any suggestions?
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Interesting. I came here looking for an answer to a similar question. My parents live in assisted living in Texas. I have private caregivers for them in their apartments in the assisted living facility, for the same reason, I employ 9 private caregivers in my parents’ two separate apartments. These caregivers come in 24 hours a day in separate shifts, day and night, right alongside all of the other staff at the assisted living facility. Yet, I could not convince the management that our caregivers should be vaccinated right alongside the other full-time staff. It makes no sense, and it is frustrating.
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Interesting. I came here looking for an answer to a similar question. My parents live in assisted living in Texas. I have private caregivers for them in their apartments in the assisted living facility, for the same reason, I employ 9 private caregivers in my parents’ two separate apartments. These caregivers come in 24 hours a day in separate shifts, day and night, right alongside all of the other staff at the assisted living facility. Yet, I could not convince the management that our caregivers should be vaccinated right alongside the other full-time staff. It makes no sense, and it is frustrating.
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I would think that the facility where your mom is would include the caregivers with the staff. After all they, your caregivers are exposed to the community and the community to moms caregivers. Maybe discuss this with the administration and explain it that by including moms caregivers with the rest of the staff it would be minimizing exposure
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Contact your county's health department for guidance.

Since the vaccine's been out for all of a week, don't expect much information, though. Frankly, I'm surprised the states and counties haven't put together a cohesive plan to administer the vaccine beyond 1. Healthcare workers, 2. Those in nursing homes, and 3. Everyone else. They've had quite a few months to work on it, but I don't see a lot of detail in their plans.
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You'll get the vaccination when you get it--first line defenders, nurses and doctors first, then the at risk elderly. There doesn't seem to be a way to 'push' for your LO to get to the head of the line.

My SIL is a Dr in a large hospital. He also already has had COVID. I asked him (half jokingly) if HIS vaccine could go to my DH who is very high risk. He said "Mom, it doesn't work like that and we don't even KNOW when we'll be getting it".

He'll probably be required to have the vaccine despite the fact he had covid. I am a cancer survivor and am not that high risk, but my oncologist will push for me ( and all his patients). I fully expect DH will get one next month and I will not get one until March or April.
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Cynthiasdaughtr Dec 18, 2020
Midkid58, I am not trying to get my mother's caregivers to the head of the line. I am trying to get them their vaccination when it is their turn. Caregiving agencies are working with health departments to get their employees vaccinated. I know one agency that has already told their employees which CVS will give them their shots, even though the timeline isn't fixed. As my mother's caregivers' employer, I am responsible for seeing that they get their vaccination when other caregivers get theirs.
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