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Updated as of January 21, 2021 4:27 pm

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Offered Onsite in Holiday Communities


Hope is no longer just on the horizon, it’s here -- not only in spirit, but in the form of the long-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine that will begin making its way through Holiday’s assisted living communities. We’ve been truly awestruck by the resilience, dedication, and adaptability of our residents and staff this year, and we’re so grateful that some are among the first group being vaccinated in this historical and hopeful milestone of the pandemic.  

Because Holiday Retirement has a strong relationship with CVS, one of the two initial distributors of the vaccine, we’ve partnered with them to offer onsite COVID-19 vaccine clinics in our senior living communities. Residents and employees who want to be vaccinated will register in advance, will be notified of their scheduled vaccination time, and then head to the clinic location in the community to receive the vaccine, at no cost to them. It’s not only convenient, it means residents and employees don’t risk exposure in health care facilities in order to receive the two-part vaccine.


Holiday Retirement selected CVS as our partner in the assisted living vaccine administration because of our longstanding benefits relationship as well as the outstanding way they ran our flu clinics, vaccinating over 12,000 Holiday residents and staff this year. We trust them to provide the safest and simplest way for our Holiday family to get vaccinated. 


The COVID-19 vaccine is administered in two doses taken a few weeks apart.  For information on the vaccines currently in production, clinical trials, safety, and efficacy, read more here:

 


Holiday Retirement’s assisted living communities are paving the way with our first onsite COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Clinic dates are still being confirmed, however preparation is underway. The rest of our communities are poised and ready to follow suit as soon as they are prioritized at the federal or state level. Executive leadership is in regular communication with the CDC and CVS, and we’ve completed all requirements by federal and state health departments to ensure rollout to all of our senior living communities is as smooth as possible.  

 


Together We Will Move Forward


Waiting has characterized a lot of this past year in so many ways -- waiting to safely visit with loved ones, waiting to gather in groups, waiting to celebrate special occasions, waiting to see people’s smiles, waiting to hug again. We can’t ditch the masks and social distancing quite yet. There’s still work to be done, but the COVID-19 vaccine is an enormous step toward taking back life as we knew it -- perhaps with more gratitude, appreciation, and passion than before. 

We’re elated that the COVID-19 vaccine is making its way to our assisted living communities, and we’re proud of our independent living communities, who are primed and prepared to set their vaccine clinics in motion as soon as the CDC gives us the go-ahead. The year ahead promises to be a good one.

Find more information about our COVID-19 protocols here.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Is Holiday Retirement part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Vaccine Program?

Yes.  Holiday Retirement is part of the program and is currently partnering on a national scale with CVS.

When will Holiday Retirement residents and associates have access to vaccinations?

It depends.  Our goal is to provide access to every resident and associate as quickly as possible.  As you are aware, the CDC states, and even counties have created their own prioritization schedules due to limited supplies of vaccines.   Currently, we have 34 communities who have received confirmation of their vaccine provider (CVS, Walgreens, local pharmacy, or County Health Department) and 23 that have confirmed clinic dates.  We are adding more every day and will continue the efforts until all 261 communities have a confirmed clinic plan.

Are there actions being taken to make sure our independent living communities will be prioritized as quickly as possible?

Yes.  We have been in constant communication with the CDC about the importance of our residents and associates in Independent Living being prioritized for vaccine access and have registered all communities for a place in line.  We also are working daily with each State and County Health Department, sending letters, and making multiple calls. Our owner partners and industry network are actively lobbying as well.

How would a COVID-19 vaccine work?

The goal of a COVID-19 vaccine is to expose the body to an antigen that won’t cause disease but will provoke an immune response that can block or kill the virus if a person becomes infected.  After receiving a vaccine, a person develops immunity to that disease without having to get the disease.  The immunity varies based on the type of vaccine you get.  Some vaccines last a year (like the flu vaccine) and others last longer (like the polio vaccine).  Current science suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine will be more like the flu vaccine requiring annual dosing, but research will be required to fully answer this question.  (Source: www.Omnicare.com)

Will the vaccine be mandated for Holiday Retirement residents and associates?

No.  At this time, we believe that taking the vaccine is a personal choice. Our commitment to Holiday residents and associates is that we will provide both access to educational materials as well as the earliest and most convenient access to the vaccine.  We know that the vaccine is the next step in beating COVID-19, and we also know that when our Holiday family can make informed choices, we are staying true to our mission.

Will I have to go somewhere to get the vaccine once I am prioritized?

If you are a resident or associate of a Holiday Retirement community, vaccine clinics will be held onsite as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Vaccine Program. Much like our flu clinics with CVS, a pharmacist and team will bring everything needed to conduct the clinic.  Different from the flu vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine has two doses. Three clinics will be hosted onsite in order to make sure all residents and associates receive both doses.  Our goal is to conduct all vaccinations for our residents and associates via onsite community clinics, but that could vary based on when independent living communities are prioritized, and as additional vaccines are produced and available.

Do we know which vaccine (Moderna/Pfizer/Other) we will get?

Each state will decide which vaccine to allocate to the program.  Communities, residents, and associates will be informed prior to the clinic.

Will there be an out-of-pocket cost to get the vaccine?

There is not any out of pocket cost for Holiday Retirement residents or associates for the COVID-19 vaccine.  We will be collecting insurance information for everyone who participates in the vaccine clinics, as there are administrative fees that will flow through private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Will I still have to wear PPE and practice social distancing if I get vaccinated?

Yes.  These protocols will not change right away.  Time will be needed to gather data on how individuals are reacting to the vaccines, the number of people vaccinated, and continued spread and containment of the virus.  We do believe that vaccination eventually will lead to fewer restrictions when it comes to PPE and social distancing, however that will not happen right away.  We will certainly continue to monitor developments in each state that we operate in and respond accordingly.

Is the vaccine safe and effective?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will need to authorize its distribution under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).  The FDA evaluates the following criteria when determining whether to issue an EUA:

  • Safety:  Whether the chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agent can cause a serious or life-threatening disease or condition.  The known and potential benefits of the product, when used to diagnose, prevent or treat the identified serious or life-threatening disease or condition, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.
  • Efficacy:  If the product is determined to be effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2.
  • There is no adequate, approved and available alternative to the product for diagnosing, preventing or treating the disease or condition.

Under the EUA, any investigational vaccines developed to prevent COVID-19 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis considering the target population, the characteristics of the product, the preclinical and human clinical study data on the product and the totality of the available scientific evidence relevant to the product.  (Source: www.Omnicare.com)

Will there be people who should not take the vaccine due to medical reasons?

Prior to any clinics beginning, information will be shared by the provider with Holiday Retirement residents and associates regarding any allergy warnings and medical exemptions.  If you have any concerns you should speak with your medical provider.

Are there side effects related to taking the vaccine?

Prior to any clinics beginning, information will be shared by the provider with Holiday Retirement residents and associates regarding any side effects.  If you have any concerns you should speak with your medical provider.

If there is an active case of COVID-19 at the community, can an onsite clinic still be held?

Yes.  The individual with the active case of COVID-19 must continue to isolate and cannot be part of the clinic.   They cannot receive a vaccine. All PPE and COVID-19 protocols will continue to be followed during the clinic.  The vaccine provider will provide their own PPE.

Where can I find more information about your COVID-19 protocols?

You can find more information here.

Will 3rd Party Health Care Providers that perform work for residents in Holiday Retirement communities be able to participate in the vaccine clinics?

Yes.  Once a clinic date is confirmed and communicated with a community, any 3rd Party Health Care Providers can participate in the clinic.  The General Manager or Executive Director will be responsible for collecting the same information and consent forms from any 3rd Party Health Care Providers that are required for our associates and residents.

I have heard that there is a national database that needs to be populated if an individual receiving the vaccine has a side effect. Is it Holiday’s responsibility to populate that database?

This database is called VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) and is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in the U.S. licensed vaccines. Our Assisted Living communities are required by law to report to VAERS any adverse event that occurs within the specified time period after vaccination and any adverse event listed by the vaccine manufacturer as a contraindication to further doses of the vaccine for any Assisted Living residents.  Because our Independent Living communities do not provide healthcare, they are not required to access VAERS.

Latest COVID-19 Vaccine News

 

As we rollout the COVID-19 vaccine across our 259 communities, find updated media coverage on the national rollout of the vaccine and related news here.