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COVID-19 Shot Now Required For Staff

In addition to many other health precautions in place, we are asking our associates to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment in our communities. We’re in the business of serving and caring for seniors, and our top priority is the health and safety of the residents we serve. Seniors are at high risk for suffering the most from COVID-19. So, being immunized against COVID-19 is a reasonable ask of our associates for those who can be vaccinated.

Vaccination in our Communities

All of our communities have hosted vaccination clinics over the past three months through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership. We were thrilled to see very high levels of participation in general. Ongoing, we hope to offer more clinics or at least have clinics locations close by through a variety of health care systems.

Third Shots & Booster Shots for COVID-19

Currently, a third dose of the COVID-19 has only been approved for people with compromised immune systems. The U.S. CDC and FDA are continuing to closely review data about the efficacy and safety of a third shot for the general public. If this is authorized or approved by the government, we will work with local pharmacies to offer easy access to the third shot based on guidelines provided to us by the federal, state and local governments.

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics

Elmcroft and Embark senior living communities will welcome CVS and other local pharmacies to help facilitate flu shot clinics for residents, staff members and their families. Learn more about our upcoming flu shot clinics here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can I get access to the vaccine? 

Our communities hosted a series of three vaccination clinics onsite here for residents and associates only in coordination with CVS, Walgreens or another pharmacy approved to administer the vaccine by the federal government. With more vaccine availability now, accessing the shot has become easier through local pharmacies and shot clinics being set-up by local public health departments.

Q. How much does the vaccine cost? 

There is no cost for the vaccine at this time. The Federal Government will provide the vaccine, and insurance will be billed for the administration of the vaccine. The HSA (Health Services Administration) will cover the cost of uninsured individuals.
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Q. What if I refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Taking the vaccine is an important personal choice, especially at a time when the world is trying to put an end to the pandemic. There could be significant health consequences to you from COVID-19 if you choose not to vaccinate. We hope you’ll make the right choice for yourself and those around you. We’re now asking all associates who serve seniors here to be vaccinated by June 1 as a condition of employment.

Q. Will the community still require face masks and physical distancing after the vaccination clinic?

Yes. Vaccination is just one piece of the overall solution to reduce the spread of COVID-19 right now. After a vaccine is given, it typically takes a few weeks for the vaccine to provide optimal protection against an infection, and, both of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines require 2 shots, given approximately three to four weeks apart depending on the vaccine you receive, to be effective. So, we will continue to ask all residents and associates to follow our onsite protocols including properly wearing a mask, physically distancing at least 6 feet, hand washing and using sanitizer until public health officials tell us we no longer need to do so.

Q. Is whether or not I choose to take the vaccine confidential?

Eclipse will not share your personal health information without your permission. Due to the nature of how the vaccine will be administered, eg in a clinic format, others may be aware that you have taken the vaccine simply because they were a part of the same clinic and may have seen you waiting in line.

Q. I’ve already tested positive for COVID-19, so do I need the vaccination?

Yes. According to the CDC, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, vaccines are much safer than natural immunity. Natural immunity happens after you get sick with a disease. But diseases can be serious — and even deadly. A vaccine protects you from a disease before it makes you sick.

Q. Is the vaccine safe?

The FDA conducted an open and transparent review process that included input from independent scientific and public health experts and a thorough evaluation by the agency’s career scientists to ensure this vaccine met FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization. The clinical studies conducted included more than 18,000 individuals receiving the vaccine, resulting in the FDA’s determination that the vaccine is safe and effective.

Q. Will I get symptoms from the vaccine?

According to the CDC, vaccines, like any medication, can cause side effects. The most common side effects are mild and include fever, fatigue, headache, chills, myalgia (muscle aches) and arthralgia (bone/joint aches). Symptoms experienced by subjects in the clinical trials were likely to resolve within 3 days of vaccination and within 1-2 days of onset.

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Resources To Explore More

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The CDC is the government agency focused on protecting public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally.

U.S Food & Drug Administration

The FDA is the government agency responsible for oversight of food and drug quality and safety, including vaccines. It has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

 

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