Webinar: The COVID-19 Vaccine: Answers to Your Questions
Did you miss our free, virtual event presented by Dr. James Wright?
View the full presentation, here!
About our speaker: Dr. Wright is a founding member and Attending Physician of SNF/LTC Partners of VA in Richmond and is a member of the Governor’s Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Task Force. He has been Medical Director at Our Lady of Hope Health Center since 2013.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Last updated: 1/13/2020
Chesterbrook Residences will have COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the following dates:
- Saturday, January 16
- Saturday, February 6
- Saturday, February 27
Note: The COVID-19 vaccine is administered across two doses, with three weeks between each dose.
At Chesterbrook Residences, the health and safety of our residents has always been our top priority. That is why we are thrilled our residents are among the first with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended to the CDC that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities (which includes assisted living) should be the first to receive the vaccine. As a participant in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, our community’s residents and team members are in the first phase of vaccine recipients.
Note: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is not mandating residents be vaccinated at this time. Please refer to CMS directly for requirements around the COVID-19 vaccine in long term care facilities. Although not mandated, we strongly encourage our residents and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for their own protection and the protection of those around them.
About the Vaccine
We understand that some of you may be concerned about the safety of these new vaccines, as they have been developed and tested more quickly than those in the past. The speed with which these vaccines were developed is not due to skipping important steps, but rather the result of focused, collaborative work performed by experts across the globe. The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have undergone the same rigorous testing as other vaccines.
Most COVID-19 vaccines require two separate doses given about three or four weeks apart, with protection beginning 1-2 weeks after the second dose. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you a COVID-19 infection. The vaccine works by helping the body create antibodies to fight off the virus. Feeling discomfort after getting the vaccine means that the vaccine is doing its job and your body is making antibodies. It is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine even if you have had COVID-19. In fact, even if you have had COVID-19 or have positive antibodies, it is important you get vaccinated because it could give you longer or better protection against the disease.
- Resource: Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Vaccine Administration at Chesterbrook Residences
We, along with thousands of other long-term care facilities, are participating in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program with the Centers for Disease Control to help us most efficiently distribute these vaccines to our residents free of charge. Our staff also have the opportunity to get vaccinated through this program, if they have not been vaccinated previously.
Through this program, the CDC has engaged retail pharmacy partners (CVS and Walgreens) to secure the vaccine and provide on-site vaccination of residents, at no cost to the facility. This program provides end-to-end management of the COVID-19 vaccination process, including storage, handling, cold chain management, on-site vaccinations, and fulfillment of reporting requirements, to facilitate safe and effective vaccination of the patient population, while reducing the burden on facilities and Virginia local health departments.
Residents will not incur any costs to receive the vaccine.
For more information on the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program, please click here.
It is important to get information from reliable sources such as the CDC and medical professionals. Here are a few links to helpful information, which is being updated frequently:
- CDC: Vaccine Information
- CDC: Provider Resources for COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations with Patients and Answering Patients’ Questions
- CDC: Benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine
- CDC: Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
- CDC: Vaccine Testing and the Approval Process
- VDH (Virginia Department of Health): COVID-19 Vaccination Response (this page contains multiple resources)
Current Community Protocols
Modified Visitor Policy
- We are pleased to be able to allow limited, scheduled visitation outdoors on our front porch and indoors in our conference room. All residents and visitors are required to get screened at the front desk, wear a mask, and maintain physical distancing. (Call the front desk to schedule.)
- Limited exceptions may be made in extreme cases or end-of-life care situations. Express approval must be given; contact our main line for further details.
- We continue to actively monitor and screen all staff and approved individuals entering the building.
- Healthcare providers (e.g., home health staff, visiting physicians, hospice staff, etc.) are granted access to our community after passing the entry screening process.
- Vendors are not allowed in the community unless their visit is scheduled with the community.
- We continue to provide enhanced and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
- Communal dining is operating during lunch and dinner with limited, scheduled seatings and proper distancing. Breakfast and other meals not taken in the dining room are being delivered to residents’ apartments.
- All large group activities and special events have been canceled.
- Residents are encouraged to remain in their apartments as much as possible. Residents may enjoy outdoor areas and common spaces while observing physical distancing (6 feet or greater), adhering to room occupancy limits, and wearing a face mask.
- Friends and family members are encouraged to call their loved ones often.
- Residents and family members needing assistance setting up Facetime, Skype, or other type of video chat with their loved one is welcome to contact our Activity Department – they are happy to help.
- We also encourage family members, local children, churches, or community groups to send our residents mail, including cards, letters, and artwork to brighten their day! Mail to the address at the bottom of this page, attention: Activity Director.
- The beauty shop is now open. Appointments are required. Masks must be worn at all times.
- Our dedicated team members are continuing to practice infection control procedures.
- Ongoing training and information about proper hand hygiene practices, social distancing, standard precautions and respiratory etiquette are provided.
- Team members are being screened, including having their temperature taken at the beginning of their shift and during their shift. Anyone with a fever or cold-like symptoms will be sent home.
- Direct care team members are changing into a clean uniform upon arrival to the community at the beginning of their shift.
- Enhanced staff training on precautions, use of personal protective equipment, and infection control practices is provided.
- Universal use of face masks for team members. Each resident has been provided with a face covering to wear when staff enter their apartment.
We know that this is a challenging time for everyone, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. We continue to evaluate our infection control process and closely monitor the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of all of our residents.
Should you have any concerns, please call our community directly.
As this situation progresses, we will continue to use this page for future updates. Stay tuned.
Times change… but not our commitment to your loved ones.