The Moderna COVID Vaccine was administered to residents and employees of the Glenwood Village Care Center on Thursday, January 7th.  Parkview Court Assisted Living Residents and Employees will be vaccinated within the coming weeks, it was stated.

The day was filled with joy and hope for the future. This was the first of three vaccine clinic dates. At the second and third clinics, residents and staff will receive the second dose required for vaccination. To have full benefit from the vaccine, each person must make sure that they get the second dose of the vaccine.

“We are pleased that those most at-risk of COVID-19 —vulnerable seniors and professional caregivers—have been prioritized to receive the vaccine. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect long-term care residents and caregivers from COVID-19. This vaccine gives us hope for the next chapter in our fight against COVID-19,” according to information from the Leading Age MN organization.  “ We want everyone in our communities who wants a vaccine to get it as soon as possible, and we are working with the state and our pharmacy partners to ensure timely access to the vaccine for all who choose vaccination.

Leading Age MN also is encouraging everyone in our communities to get a vaccine as soon as possible, and we hope they direct questions or concerns that they may have to their primary health care provider. However, we cannot mandate that staff accept the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, it will continue to be important for senior living communities to follow safety protocols to protect seniors who we know are most at risk for serious consequences of COVID-19.

• Of those living in the nursing home, 94% of residents opted to be vaccinated. 47% of those working in our community choose to be vaccinated. This is a great start and we are eager to increase the acceptance rate at the second and third vaccine clinics.

• We are encouraging everyone in our communities to get a vaccine as soon as possible, and we hope you direct questions or concerns about the vaccine itself to your primary health care provider. However, we cannot mandate that anyone accept the COVID-19 vaccine.

• We expect to continue to see the vaccination rates among long-term care residents and staff rise as more vaccine clinics become available to them in the coming weeks.