COVID-19 Vaccine and Senior Living

January 20, 2021

In the past year, preventing COVID-19 from entering our homes and communities has been a part of our daily lives. Between social distancing campaigns, reminders to wash your hands frequently, and quarantining for the sake of those most vulnerable, we’ve all come to speak the language of virus prevention fluently. Because of this, there was no doubt a collective sigh of relief when COVID-19 vaccine approvals and rollouts were announced.

Our residents and associates have been among the first to receive the latest defense against COVID-19, creating an atmosphere of excitement and relief at many of our communities. Second shots of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been scheduled, and anecdotal side effects reported have been few and insignificant (though few residents have experienced any of these effects, a mild headache, low-grade temperature, or slight body aches are typically temporary and signs that a vaccine is doing its job!).

At this point in the delivery of the vaccines, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive the vaccines. Yet most are following the CDC’s recommendations to first deliver vaccines to healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care community (such as assisted living). At this point in the rollout, residing in a senior living community is one of the fastest ways to receive a vaccination. To find a community in your area and to learn more, visit our locations page.

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