Updated on March 10, 2021
As more details about the COVID-19 vaccine become available, we will update this webpage.
Vaccine Preparation & Administration
From late December 2020 to January 2021, CVS held onsite clinics at all three of our A.G. Rhodes communities to administer the 2-part COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff who chose to receive the vaccine.
Since the CVS clinics were held, A.G. Rhodes has been approved to become an onsite COVID-19 vaccine provider so that we can administer the vaccine to residents and staff onsite. Although we don’t have the vaccine yet, and don’t know when we will, being approved as an onsite provider is an important step in eventually making the vaccine easily accessible.
Following the CVS onsite vaccination clinics that were held in our homes from late December 2020 to January 2021, approximately 80% of residents and 53% of staff received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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.
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.
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.