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We are now offering the U.S. FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines in our senior living communities through our partnership with CVS, Walgreens and local pharmacy operators. We here at Eclipse Senior Living, including our Elmcroft and Embark communities, will continue to do our part to help end this global pandemic and get our communities back to normal.
The federal government is prioritizing residents and associates of long-term care settings due to the significant risks the COVID-19 virus presents to seniors. Here’s what to know:
When Are My Vaccinations Clinics?
The document here is regularly updated (downloadable PDF) as we receive updated vaccination clinic dates from the pharmacies administering vaccinations in Elmcroft communities. Please remember only residents and associates of the communities have access to the COVID vaccine at this time. Note that dates may change due to a variety of factors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can I get access to the vaccine?
Our communities will host 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. You must complete required paperwork including an informed consent (similar to what you are required to complete for a flu vaccine clinic) which will include information about the vaccine such as how it works, what the side-effects are, etc. You must attend at least two to get two doses of the vaccine for it to be effective according to the CDC. Eventually people will be able to go to a doctor’s office, pharmacy, or health department to get the vaccine.
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.
Q. Who will administer the vaccine?
Q. I heard I may need more than one shot. Who is tracking my vaccine schedule?
While the pharmacy will be tracking your vaccination administration, you also should keep track of your own personal vaccination administration schedule. Both of the currently available COVID vaccines require a second shot which is critical to obtaining the full projected immunity the vaccination provided in clinical studies.
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.
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. How will you receive consent for memory care residents to get the vaccine?
The legal representative (e.g. Power of Attorney, Guardian or Conservator) on record for the resident will be contacted or can reach out to the executive director or Resident Services Director to discuss options to provide consent.
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.
Q. Does this mean I’m getting sick?
According to the CDC, no, symptoms resulting from the vaccine do not mean you’ve gotten COVID from it. It happens with some people as the body learns from the vaccine how to fight real exposure to the virus according to the CDC. However, if the symptoms become concerning contact your doctor immediately.
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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.
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.