January 14, 2021 UPDATE:
The second vaccination clinic was held on-site for our residents and staff on 1/12/21. 185 of our staff and 200 of our Wesley Health Care Center residents received DOSE 2 of the vaccine, for a total of 385 fully vaccinated residents and staff. We also have 52 residents and 83 staff who have now received Dose 1. These are people who for various reasons were not able to get vaccines on both occasions. These staff and residents will get Dose 2 and become fully vaccinated at our next vaccine clinic tentatively scheduled for 2/2/21.
January 5, 2021 UPDATE:
The next vaccine clinic for staff and residents will take place next week on 1/12/21 and is scheduled again for 2/2/21. Residents who received the vaccine on 12/22/20 will receive their second dose on 1/12/21. For any resident that could not be vaccinated on 12/22/20, they can receive their first dose on 1/12/21 and the second dose on 2/2/21.
December 21, 2020 COO Letter
Dear Family Members of Wesley Health Care Center,
We’re excited to announce that Wesley Health Care Center residents will be receiving the COVID – 19 vaccine tomorrow, on December 22nd. The rollout of the vaccine has come at a very quick pace since it was approved.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided that residents in long-term care are in the highest priority group and they will get the vaccine first—along with a prioritized group of our staff. From what we know today, resident families and other people in the general community will have to wait for vaccinations until later in the year, when the supply of vaccines is larger.
Here are the details of our Resident Vaccination Plan:
- Wesley Health Care Center has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacies to initiate the vaccine process on-site
- There will be no cost to residents for the shots
- Vaccine will be administered as DOSE 1 and DOSE 2 (21 Days between Dose 1 and 2)
- The dates of the vaccine clinics will be 12/22/20, 1/13/21 and 2/7/21. Residents who receive the vaccine on 12/22 will receive their second dose on 1/13/21. For any resident that can’t be vaccinated on 12/22, they can receive their first dose on 1/13/21 and the second dose on 2/7/20.
- If your loved currently has COVID-19 they will not receive the vaccine on 12/22/20.
- If your loved one had COVID-19, they can still get vaccinated once they are symptom free and out of the isolation phase.
- Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. These types of side-effects are more common with the first injection but not as common with the second injection. It’s important you receive both shots.
- If your loved one can’t sign or give verbal consent for the vaccine, then the Health Care Proxy should have received a call to discuss if you would like your loved one to get vaccinated.
Included with this letter is a Pfizer Covid 19 EUA Fact Sheet to help you understand more about why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. If you have other concerns, please contact Jana Matney, DON who is the vaccine point person for Wesley Health Care Center. She can be reached at 518-691-1488 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect residents and everyone around them, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with the immune system, so it is ready to fight the virus if someone is exposed. Getting these shots will not only protect residents from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.
The news of a vaccine gives us hope for a new chapter to our fight against this virus. I am so appreciative of the support and cooperation you all have given us during these past nine tough months. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we’re moving toward a COVID-free future.
Dutch Hayward, Chief Operating Officer
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