Updated on Jan. 12, 2021
As more details about the COVID-19 vaccine become available, we will update this webpage.
Vaccine Preparation & Administration
All three of our A.G. Rhodes communities were notified by CVS with clinic dates for CVS to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, which involves two doses to be administered approximately 21-28 days apart. There are currently no additional clinic dates scheduled beyond what’s listed below. This is subject to change and we will update as necessary.
A.G. Rhodes Cobb:
First clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 29 (completed)
Second clinic: Currently scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19
Vaccine type: Pfizer
A.G. Rhodes Wesley Woods:
First clinic: Wednesday, Dec. 30 (completed)
Second clinic: Currently scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20
Vaccine Type: Pfizer
A.G. Rhodes Atlanta:
First clinic: Thursday, Jan. 7 (completed)
Second clinic: Currently scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28
Vaccine Type: Pfizer
To date, CVS has brought enough vaccine supplies for residents and staff who elect to receive the vaccine—including staff who work for our therapy and dietary partner. Residents and staff are receiving the vaccine during the same clinic dates.
To date, CVS has brought enough vaccine supplies for all residents and staff who elect to get vaccinated.
Yes, evidence suggests it is also safe to get the vaccine if you already had the virus, but that individuals who currently have COVID-19 should not get it while the virus is still active.
In October the federal government announced that they partnered with CVS and Walgreens to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and CVS is the vendor administering the vaccine at A.G. Rhodes.
CVS is bringing the vaccine supplies and setting up clinics at each of our communities. Trained CVS Health immunizers administer the vaccine. The vaccine requires two doses, and those getting it will need to get both doses to ensure the best results. CVS will administer both doses.
At this time we do not have much information about future opportunities for vaccination.
CVS has indicated that when they set up the second clinic in each community to administer the second dose, they will also be available to administer a first dose to residents or staff who did not get the first dose at the first clinic. We are awaiting more details and we will provide updates when we know more.
We strongly urge that all residents and staff take the vaccine if they are able to. We will work with residents and/or their designated family members to obtain consent for administering the vaccine. We will look to our regulatory agency partners including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), to offer more guidance on if the vaccine will be mandatory for staff, but at this time it is not. A.G. Rhodes leadership is among those ready and willing to take the vaccine.
Consent forms were provided by CVS and we are using those to obtain consent for residents and staff members who want to receive the vaccine.
Following the first vaccine clinic dates in all three of our communities, approximately 57% of our residents and 30% of our staff have received the first dose. In addition to the second dose being administered to these individuals at the upcoming clinics, we also anticipate more residents and staff to receive the first dose at the upcoming clinics.
Vaccine Safety & Effectiveness
Nearly unlimited resources went into developing these vaccines and the effort was led by the world’s leading scientists. Evidence suggests that the vaccines are safe and effective, and that vaccination is a critical way to protect ourselves against this devastating and deadly virus.
Potential side effects of the vaccine are available at the Food and Drug Administration’s website: fda.gov The side effects listed are similar to the potential side effects of the flu shot, but they occur in more people. However, the health and safety of our residents is always our top priority, and we are confident this vaccine is a much better option than the risk of getting this virus.
The elderly population has a much higher risk for getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection against serious illness due to COVID-19. The more of us that get vaccinated, the better we can protect our families and our community against potential outbreaks. The vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19.
We will continue to take all necessary precautions after the vaccine is administered, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing, to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.
We will also work with public health officials to determine how/when to adjust our policies for visitations and social activities and keep you updated. Please feel free to reach back out to us if you have any additional questions. We are here to help make sure you feel comfortable with this process.
The measures we have in place will continue to be imperative even after the vaccine is administered. It will take some time before the collective benefits of a vaccine are realized and therefore measures such as isolating people being monitored or treated for the virus, social distancing, wearing masks, and stringent infection prevention and control, will continue to play a key role in our fight against COVID-19.
Additional Resources & Information
We will provide more details about COVID-19 vaccination as it becomes available. Additionally, here are links to a few resources from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to help answer further questions:
You may also visit the Food and Drug Administration at www.fda.gov for more information about the vaccines.
This is a fast-moving situation and as we receive more information, we will update this webpage to address further questions.
If you have questions about the safety of the vaccine for you or your loved one, or your have other clinical-related questions, we strongly urge you talk to your or your loved one’s doctor.