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Home Care Workers are part of Phase 1 rollout of  COVID Vaccine

For your safety and the safety of our clients, ABC Home Healthcare encourages all caregivers to take the opportunity to be immunized for COVID-19.

To help  ensure you meet all the requirements to participate in the Phase 1 rollout please take our COVID-19 Vaccine.

Take the ABC COVID Vaccination Survey

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine for Home Care Workers

Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center (1/08/21)
As a member of the home-based healthcare worker community, you play an important role in protecting the health of some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents, as well as the health of yourself, your families and communities. You are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1 of the vaccine roll-out.

Read full update letter - English  Spanish

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Home Care Alliance (January 6, 2021)

The Vaccines
Since the Pfizer vaccine requires extreme cold storage, it seems more likely that agencies would be approved to administer the Moderna vaccine. The Department of Public Health is still working out the logistics for home care workers to be vaccinated and are actively clarifying where each group resides on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination prioritization list and DPH will update the information at When can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine? from Mass.gov on a weekly basis.
As DPH moves through the prioritization phases, additional information will be forthcoming regarding groups within each phase, vaccination clinics and access. Phase 1 vaccination plan is projected to continue through February 2021, followed by Phase 2 which is projected to run through April 2021, with vaccine being available to the public in Phase 3 projected to start in May 2021. Groups are placed sequentially within each Phase.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, for distribution in the U.S. by December 15.
The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
On December 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, developed by the Cambridge-based company.
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, one month apart. From the data analysis of over 30,000 enrolled in an ongoing randomized, placebo-controlled study conducted in the U.S., the most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.

COVID Travel Policy

Based on the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in so many US states, for the safety of our staff and clients we are implementing a temporary COVID Travel Policy effective immediately. Also, if you travel out of the state to any location that is a COVID "hot spot" it is your responsibility to inform ABC Home Healthcare of your travel.

ABC COVID Travel Policy
ABC Home Healthcare discourages travel to those parts of the country that are having spikes in cases or designated as a “hot spot” by the CDC. Any employee who travels to these areas should receive a COVID test within 72 hours and will be required to provide negative test results before returning to work or you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

MASS.GOV Our state website has the latest information regarding testing locations - including interactive testing map and commonly asked questions.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 from CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remains the best source for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19. Click here to visit the CDC website.

Best Practices to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Keep Everyone Safe

The most important practices are the basics for coronavirus prevention everywhere, as recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

See the CDC's Updated Recommendations

Childcare Resources for Essential Workers

Governor Charlie Baker released a list of emergency childcare providers throughout Massachusetts dedicated to supporting the needs of essential workers - including YOU, our Home Healthcare staff!
Please note: Emergency Child Care Programs are for when all other non-group-care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options. Do not contact an emergency child care program unless you require emergency, back-up, drop-in care. Learn more.
Click here for the list of emergency childcare providers in Massachusetts.
Employee Referral Program

ABC EMPLOYEE REFERRAL PROGRAM
Now more than ever - We need more caregivers LIKE YOU!

Refer your friend(s) that is/are either a Home Health Aide or Homemaker by forwarding their email address to jobs@abchhp.com or calling Christine at 781-914-3273 and you'll earn a $200 gift card if we hire them!*
Learn more
*To qualify for bonus payment you must refer a qualified candidate, they must be hired, be actively working and work at least 12 hours per week in their first 3 months.
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Masks

We've pulled together all you need to know about masks in one place. From wearing to caring, doning to doffing. Visit our mask page for what you need to know.

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IN-SERVICE INFORMATION

Online in-services and schedule of upcoming events

COVID-19 Online Caregiver Training

In an effort to continue offering you in-service training we have uploaded:
COVID-19: A Guide for Direct Care Workers
This COVID-19 Certification Class prepares direct care workers to perform critical front line work during today's challenging times. With this self-study class, gain relevant, reliable information about the virus and learn how to care for yourself and your care recipients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the online class, complete the online review and press submit to file your COVID-19 Certification.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease and airborne illness- meaning, this is typically caught from person-to-person contact or any opportunity where germs spread once an infected person spits, coughs or sneezes and another person ingests these germs from the air.
At present, we understand the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath / respiratory issues
Anyone experiencing any of the above should contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.
What should you do if you become sick with symptoms of possible COVID-19?

Call your health care provider for guidance, and your supervisor.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.