COVID-19 Vaccine Training for Unvaccinated LTC Employees to Fulfill Illinois Mandate

DATE: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m. CST


As the State of Illinois continues managing the spread of COVID-19, new Emergency Rules for Vaccination of Facility Personnel in long-term care settings went into effect in October. One of the requirements is that facilities must provide 90-minutes of training on the COVID-19 vaccine for employees who are not vaccinated.

Within 14 days after the adoption of these emergency amendments, each facility is required to provide its unvaccinated staff a minimum of 90 minutes of clear and accurate instruction covering vaccine education, effectiveness, benefits, risks, common reactions, hesitancy, and misinformation. Records of training shall be made available to the Department of Public Health upon request.

Forum is hosting this special 90-minute webinar to fulfill those requirements for unvaccinated employees. The webinar will incorporate the approved training and educational resources outlined by the state. Certificates of completion will be provided following the webinar.

Join this webinar to:

  • Fulfill requirements by the State of Illinois for 90 minutes of COVID-19 vaccine training for unvaccinated employees

  • Better understand the effectiveness, benefits, risks, common reactions, hesitancy, and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pam Kramer has been involved in process development and improvement in every company with which she has been associated during her more than 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked across the country with agencies, hospitals, healthcare centers, and pharmaceutical/biotechnology manufacturers, creating award-winning strategies and programs in oncology, cardiology, infectious diseases, pharmacy, and more for such noted clients as Abbott Laboratories, Parke-Davis, and Genentech.

She joined Forum in 2004 as Director of Marketing & Client Relations, working with client facilities to align pharmacy services to customer needs. With a unique background that balances strategic planning and operational process development with a keen understanding of what her customers need, she was named Vice President of Business Operations in 2007 and Executive Vice President in 2011. Responsible for development and implementation of Forum’s overall company strategy, as well as overseeing pharmacy and business operations, she is intimately involved in optimizing infrastructure and services to create exceptional value for customers.

Pam also serves as the pharmacy’s lead educator, developing programs on compliance, controlled substance regulations, reimbursement, industry trends, process development, and procedural improvement. With particular expertise in electronic health records and reimbursement, Pam has been a speaker at educational meetings, family nights, and conferences such as the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Illinois Health Care Association, and Leading Age Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and is a Licensed Pharmacy Technician.

Brian joined Forum in 1993, serving as Director of Operations before becoming the company’s President in 2002. Under his leadership, Forum has become one of the most highly respected LTC pharmacies in the country. Drawing on a unique background that combined long-term care, pharmacy, information technology, and business, he has transformed Forum into a vibrant leader in pharmacy services.

Brian’s experience includes hands-on work in LTC as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. His career as a Registered Pharmacist spans more than 35 years in hospital, retail, and LTC pharmacy consulting and dispensing, including 12 years at Evanston Hospital as a Staff Pharmacist and Assistant Director of Pharmacy.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Knox College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Information Systems, from Roosevelt University.

He served on the Illinois Governor’s Advisory Committee on Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) and is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Illinois Pharmacist Association—LTC section, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), and the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy.

Currently, Brian is the President and Director of the Illinois Association of LTC Pharmacy Providers and is a Founding Board Member of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition.

Deb Burdsall has worked in long-term care since 1974. She started as a nurse’s aide, and has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, interim director of healthcare services, MDS/care plan coordinator, wound nurse, quality assurance coordinator, and clinical inservice coordinator. Deb is board-certified in infection prevention and control (CIC), and ANCC-certified in gerontological nursing.

Deb has a BA in psychology with a minor in biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and a diploma in nursing from The Evanston Hospital School of Nursing. Deb received her MSN and PhD from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her doctoral dissertation project involved examining how healthcare personnel use gloves when caring for patients, including testing the reliability of a glove use surveillance tool.

Deb has been working with Hektoen Institute and The Illinois Department of Public Health, focusing on congregate care in Illinois. She works to find evidence-based, cost-effective infection prevention strategies for long-term care.


Pamela Bryan Kramer, BA, LPhT
Pamela Bryan Kramer, BA, LPhTExecutive Vice President, Forum Extended Care Services


Brian Kramer, BS, BA, RPh, MBA
Brian Kramer, BS, BA, RPh, MBAPresident & CIO, Forum Extended Care Services
Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC
Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPICHektoen Institute and The Illinois Department of Public Health

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