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Updated as of February 23, 2021 3:09 pm

Through the dedication and determination of our local community teams we are proud to say that we now have 193 scheduled vaccine clinics and 121 completed clinics with 80% of residents able to participate opting to receive the vaccine. 

 

The optimism of our residents concerning the vaccine is infectious and we are encouraged by their tenacity. Our continued mantra is that we will not stop until we reach 100% scheduled clinics for our residents and associates.

 

Updated as of February 16, 2021 5:00 pm

Every day, we continue to reach out to state decision makers and local county health departments, grocery store pharmacies, and any other provider we become aware of, to request that an onsite vaccine clinic be hosted at our communities. Even though the vaccine is an option in many counties now and could be the right choice for a resident, we certainly recognize that it is difficult for many to attend a public vaccine clinic.

 

We believe that every resident should have access to safely receive the vaccine in our community without the headache of travel, long lines, and additional risk of exposure. 

We will continue our local outreach for each community until a federal program prioritizes Independent Living across the nation or until access to the vaccine is provided to all Holiday Retirement communities. We are excited to confirm that in January 80% of residents, at the 40 locations with vaccination clinics, opted to receive the vaccine. 

Vaccine Clinics at Holiday Retirement

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

If a new resident has been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, do they still need to follow our 14-day quarantine policy for new residents?

This will depend on the resident's current vaccine schedule. If the new resident meets the following criteria, they do not need to quarantine. Our community team will verify that the new resident has completed both doses and at least 10 days have passed since the second dose.

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.

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.

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

You can find more information here.

Advocating for Vaccines

 

At Holiday, our goal regarding COVID-19 vaccines is to provide the most efficient access to the vaccine for all of our residents and associates. While we are excited that our Assisted Living communities were approved for prioritization in the federal pharmacy program, access for our Independent Living communities remains dependent upon the local county or state guidelines. Each individual state and county is currently making their own prioritizations when it comes to vaccine distribution.; As an organization, Holiday does not have access to the vaccine on a national scale.

 

Every day, we continue to reach out to state decision makers and local county health departments, grocery store pharmacies, and any other provider we become aware of, to request that an onsite vaccine clinic be hosted at our community. Even though the vaccine is an option in many counties now and could be the right choice for a resident, we certainly recognize that it is difficult for many to attend a public vaccine clinic.

We believe that every resident should have access to safely receive the vaccine in our community without the headache of travel, long lines, and additional risk of exposure. Because of our strong belief in that access, we have secured onsite clinics for over 30% of our Independent Living communities with our local outreach efforts; We will not stop until we reach 100%. Over the coming days and weeks, we will continue to see changes in how the vaccine is accessed and distributed as the Biden Administration makes decisions and publishes executive orders.

We will continue our local outreach for each community until a federal program prioritizes Independent Living across the nation or until access to the vaccine is provided to all Holiday Retirement communities.

 

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:

 

 

Find more information about our COVID-19 protocols here.

Holiday Community 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.