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.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
Is Holiday Retirement part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Vaccine Program?
When will Holiday Retirement residents and associates have access to vaccinations?
Are there actions being taken to make sure our independent living communities will be prioritized as quickly as possible?
How would a COVID-19 vaccine work?
Will the vaccine be mandated for Holiday Retirement residents and associates?
Will I have to go somewhere to get the vaccine once I am prioritized?
Do we know which vaccine (Moderna/Pfizer/Other) we will get?
Will there be an out-of-pocket cost to get the vaccine?
Will I still have to wear PPE and practice social distancing if I get vaccinated?
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?
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?
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