Facts and data about the COVID-19 vaccines remains a fluid and frequently changing situation. We will continue to provide updated information to you, our valued residents and family.
Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 and Moderna vaccines for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The vaccines used by our pharmacy partners are the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Distribution for the vaccines are as follows:
• Long-term care residents and staff are in the highest priority group according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health.
• Assisted living facilities’ residents and staff are expected to receive the vaccine(s) during the second round that will follow long-term care.
• Independent living residents’ and staff’s inclusion in the vaccinations vary by the type of community as well as state department of health guidelines. We will keep you updated on when we hear more about your specific independent living.
For everyone, as we learn more, including dates and times for vaccine clinics and detailed vaccine information, a direct communication from your Volunteers of America National Services Community will be sent to you.
Below is a quick overview of the vaccines:
• There will be no charge for the vaccination.
• The vaccination is given by injection, usually in the arm.
• Two shots will be administered approximately 3-4 weeks apart. It is important that you receive both shots.
• If someone has had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine (seek advice from your primary care provider if you have specific concerns about receiving the vaccination).
• Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the vaccine, but we understand that you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the vaccine.
• Consent forms will be required in order to receive the vaccine. We will be connecting with residents/families directly as their vaccination date approaches.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect you/your loved one and everyone around them. Vaccines will work with the immune system to fight the virus if exposed. Getting the vaccination will not only protect you/your loved one from being infected; it will assist in taking steps towards ending this pandemic.
The news of a vaccine gives us hope for a new chapter to our fight against this virus. Your support and cooperation during these past nine months are appreciated. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we’re moving toward a COVID- 19 free future.
For more information, please view our COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).