Anoka, MN – The Homestead at Anoka held its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for residents and staff on Monday, December 28th. The clinic vaccinated 83 residents and 73 staff members with the first dose of the Moderna vaccine administered by their pharmacy partner, Omnicare a CVS Health Company.
“We are excited to participate in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout that includes both our residents and staff,” said Doug Dolinsky, Executive Director. “Our residents are the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of COVID-19, and each team member on our staff continues to put their health on the line everyday as they show their commitment to our residents’ care. The Moderna vaccine was found to be highly effective, and we believe this will protect and save lives.”
Today’s vaccinations are the first of the two doses necessary to achieve the full protection of the vaccine, which was found to be 94% effective in phase 3 trials. The Homestead at Anoka will continue to follow all necessary precautions, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing, to ensure safety and comply with federal and state guidelines.
“We fully support the federal and state prioritization of long-term care and assisted living in the distribution of the vaccine,” continued Dolinsky “The past year has proven challenging for everyone. We are grateful to our staff, residents and their families for their continued strength and support. The fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the vaccine to be safe and effective gives us hope as we look towards a brighter future.”
About Volunteers of America National Services
Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS), part of the Volunteers of America family of organizations, provides affordable housing and healthcare services in over 40 states in Puerto Rico. The organization employs over 3,100 professionals who provide high quality services and care to our clients. As one of the largest non-profit affordable housing owner/operators in the nation, the VOANS portfolio includes over 240 properties and 15,000 affordable housing units. VOANS also operates senior healthcare programs, including skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care, adult day and Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
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