In this very difficult year of COVID-19, we are happy to share some good news! Kentucky’s Governor has determined the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine are a priority for long-term care residents and staff. This week, the approvals and directions are being developed, and within weeks, the vaccine will be available to Kentucky. We will be among the first locations to receive it.
CVS will be the vendor to administer the vaccine at both the Nazareth Home Highlands and Clifton locations. This vaccine has been developed quickly, but the speed did not remove the steps required for safe approval. Like most flu vaccines of the recent past, it is not a live virus, nor does it include any food products. For those who have had the virus, the vaccine is safe and recommended for immunity.
When CVS obtains the vaccine, they will assign three clinic dates when their pharmacists and nurses will come on-site to administer the vaccine. We expect to receive this information within the week.
We will continue to take all the necessary precautions after the vaccine is administered, including continuing to wear all personal protective equipment and regular testing to ensure the safety of our Nazareth Home communities.
We see this as a light at the end of this long year. Keep in mind, the highest level of participation will provide us the most safety. We are hopeful that the vaccine is a turning point in this fight against COVID-19. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines to learn more about the vaccine.