As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out, the federal government has made residents and associates in long-term care settings a top priority for inoculation along with frontline healthcare professionals and other essential workers.
Several well-known pharmacies have been tapped to provide critical services as part of the nationwide vaccination effort. Eclipse Senior Living, including its Elmcroft and Embark communities, will be hosting a series of vaccination clinics for its residents and associates in conjunction with nationwide pharmacies, CVS and Walgreens, as well as other reputable pharmacies approved to administer the vaccine by the federal government.
“I’m not going to wait to get the vaccine because I want to feel safer in my community and another step closer to returning to life as normal,” said a resident at one Elmcroft community. “Getting the COVID-19 vaccine should be easy — just like the flu shot clinics we have at our community each year.”
Launched by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program seeks to reduce the risk of the airborne respiratory illness among one of the country’s most vulnerable populations — older adults in senior living communities. The program connects long-term care communities with key resources to manage the COVID-19 vaccination process for residents and employees, including cold-chain management, on-site vaccinations, and reporting requirement fulfillment.
Two COVID-19 vaccines were recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use after a thorough and transparent review process that solicited input from independent scientific and public health experts in addition to the agency’s career scientists to ensure the vaccines met rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. More than 18,000 individuals received the vaccine as part of the clinical trial process, which informed the FDA’s determination.
“I’m listening to my doctors and the scientists, but I’m also thinking about my children and grandchildren,” said a resident at another Elmcroft community resident. “I have to take care of my health today so I can be here for them tomorrow.”
Among adults, the risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19 increases with age and older adults carry the highest risk. As a result, the CDC currently recommends early vaccination for people age 65 older as well as those living with underlying medical conditions.
Eclipse Senior Living is committed to doing its part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our efforts to keep our communities safer today and beyond.