QIO Educational Resources on Vaccines and Boosters

QIO Educational Resources on Vaccines and Boosters

On January 6, the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (i.e., the office that runs the QIO program) provided recordings of three audio episodes aimed to support education efforts about vaccines and boosters in long-term care settings. The audio series is posted here: https://qioprogram.org/cmsqivoices. A partnership of CMS, FDA and CDC, the recordings include:

  • Episode 1: Conversations with the CMS CMO – The Facts Behind the Updated COVID-19 VaccineSafety and Efficacy. The new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine provides even greater protection against severe illness and death than the original primary series. In this episode, hear from Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics and Research about what makes the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine different. Get answers to common questions about the updated vaccine and facts about the risks and side effects for the nursing home and long-term care population. 
  • Episode 2: Conversations with the CMS CMO – Long-term Care Treatment Options for COVID-19. Several treatment options are available for nursing home residents who are diagnosed with COVID-19. In this episode, learn from John Farley, MD, MPH from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Meg Sullivan, MD, MPH from the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) about the risks, benefits and common side effects of these treatments.
  • Episode 3: Conversations with the CMS CMO – CDC Programs for COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Vaccination in Nursing Homes. Infection prevention and the use of vaccines is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In this episode, Nimalie Stone, MD, MS and Arjun Srinivasan, MD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discuss CDC programs and collaborations that support nursing home efforts to promote infection prevention and vaccination and how health care providers can access the new vaccine for their facilities. 

This group will be providing additional fact sheets and flyers over the next couple of weeks, directly in response to LeadingAge’s request for additional information to support the All Hands on Deck effort.




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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