2020 is almost over…and I’m sure many of you are thinking the same thing: Thank God!
COVID-19 has been brutal this year. A worldwide pandemic that has killed 1.6 million people worldwide including nearly 300,000 Americans according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University. Millions have been sickened and/or hospitalized and all of us have been living in an isolated world. Worse yet, cases have been spiking.
Some areas have been instituting lockdowns and Safer at Home orders again.
It begs the question: When is this going to end?
The good news is that hope has finally arrived. The FDA has approved the first COVID-19 Vaccine in the United States with more vaccines possibly being approved soon.
On December 9th, the United States Department of Defense announced the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. It includes distribution throughout a variety of military installations and medical facilities. Some states have also been disclosing plans for the initial distributions. In Florida, Governor DeSantis is prioritizing healthcare workers who are on the front lines and residents of long-term care facilities.
According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – quote – “Florida will receive 179,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine & we are prioritizing our most vulnerable residents & high-exposure health care personnel to receive the vaccine first. We are also mobilizing strike teams to supplement vaccination of long-term care residents.”
Of course, this initial prioritization is just for the first batches of vaccines that arrive. While wide spread distribution is months away, there’s finally hope.
What does this mean for your facility?
Bottom line, the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will finally kill off this virus and save hundreds of thousands of people and prevent millions of people from getting sick. Furthermore, it will provide a return to normalcy. It will return intimacy with friends. It will return intimacy with families. It will end the isolation that has only worsened suicides, drug addiction, and alcoholism. COVID-19 has not been good to people fighting Substance Use Disorders and Addiction. The new year and the new vaccines promise to finally end the isolation.
ARE YOU READY?
As the world slowly, but surely gets vaccinated against this horrible disease, what does it mean for our future?
As we look towards 2021, I see the increased number of cases hurting us during the early months. But, just as Spring gives us a renewed spirit after a long winter, I believe the Spring of 2021 will be a time of revival. It’s when we’ll see the world going back to work. Families will be re-united. And, I believe this Spring will see an increase in the number of people seeking behavioral health treatment.
Will your treatment center be ready for the oncoming influx of in-person patients in 2021?
What’s your plan to ensure your staff is vaccinated this year?
Will you have enough staff to handle an increase in patients?
2020 was a year we adjusted to TeleHealth and TeleMedicine. Remote sessions and remote care.
2021 promises to be the year we return to in person group therapies, socialization, and even caring hugs.
2020 has been a brutal year, but 2021 promises the return of a human touch.
Are you ready for 2021?