Updated on November 1, 2021
As more details about the COVID-19 vaccine become available, we will update this webpage.
Vaccine Preparation & Administration
Currently, A.G. Rhodes works diligently to provide onsite clinics to continue providing access to the vaccination to elders, care partners, and visitors. In addition, A.G. Rhodes has been approved to become an onsite COVID-19 vaccine provider to administer the vaccine to residents and staff onsite. Although we don’t have the vaccine in-house yet and don’t know when we will, being approved as an onsite provider is crucial in eventually making the vaccine easily accessible. In the meantime, A.G. Rhodes will continue to work with our regular community partners to ensure that vaccines are made available to elders, care partners and family members.
As of November 1, 2021, approximately 93% of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 99% of staff are vaccinated with 1% having received an approved exemption.
Yes. Beginning October 1, all care partners are required to either be at least partially vaccinated or approved for a vaccination exemption. We will continue to work with elders and/or their family members to obtain consent for administering the vaccine. We also encourage anyone visiting A.G. Rhodes to get vaccinated if they have not already.
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.
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.
Yes, you can still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated; however, the vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection and reduce the risk of getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. The elderly population has a much higher risk of health complications due to COVID-19; we must do what we can to protect these individuals.
The vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection and reduce the risk of getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from even the Delta variant of COVID-19. Again, the elderly population has a much higher risk of health complications due to COVID-19; we must do what we can to protect these individuals.
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.
We are diligently working to provide a sense of normalcy back into our homes; however, safety is our number 1 priority. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 activity and make adjustments to our operations as circumstances change. Please be sure to read any communication being sent from the community in which your loved one resides.
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.