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The FDA has approved a vaccine for the virus that has just started to be distributed. The CDC has recommended that healthcare workers and healthcare residents of senior living communities be among the first individuals to receive the vaccine.
Friendship Village has signed up to participate in the CDC’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program to ensure that our residents and associates receive the safest and most comprehensive care surrounding the vaccine. Our pharmacy partner, CVS, will manage the COVID-19 vaccination process, including visits to our community for initial and second doses of the vaccine.
This is certainly an exciting time and the first step to getting back to normal. We will maintain regular communication with our residents and associates and provide updates as new information is obtained.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update January 27, 2021
On January 12th and 13th, 2021, a total of 349 residents and 191 associates across our Briarwood Health Care Center, Willows Assisted Living, and Reflections Memory Support neighborhoods received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, administered by our pharmacy partner, CVS. The second and third visits from the pharmacy are scheduled for February and will include vaccinations for Independent Living residents as well.
Vaccinations began the week of 12/28 with priority given to the 50 counties with highest number of COVID deaths. The most promising news is that the CDC has recommended that healthcare workers and healthcare residents of senior living communities be among those offered the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines. CVS Pharmacy, our pharmacy partner, will be distributing the vaccines to our healthcare residents, starting January 12, 2021.
Seniors are among the most vulnerable population to be affected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 are among those 65 and older. While preventative measures like hand-washing and mask-wearing reduce your chances of being infected, vaccines work with your immune system so your body can fight the virus if you are exposed.
The vaccine is administered in two shots. The first one starts building protection, then a few weeks later, the final dose is administered to deliver the full vaccination. All vaccinations will be voluntary. The CDC has recommended that healthcare workers and healthcare residents of senior living communities be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.
At Friendship Village, we have taken every precaution to keep our residents and associates safe and healthy. Friendship Senior Options is in contact with associates and residents through regular communications. We will continue to keep them updated as changes occur. While we await our vaccine clinic to be scheduled by our pharmacy partner, CVS, prevention is the best form of protection. We encourage all residents, associates and guests to wash hands thoroughly and often, use hand sanitizer, refrain from touching your face, and keep a safe social distance from those who are sick. Just a reminder: Immunocompromised individuals and pregnant women should seek personal advice from their medical provider.