At Shaker Place, we know this has been an extremely challenging year for long-term care staff, residents, and their loved ones. We are pleased to share the good news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective, and our facility will be able to give the vaccine to both residents and staff.
We will be administering the vaccine to residents on Monday, December 21, 2020, and Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020. The vaccine will be administered onsite at Shaker Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center by Walgreens Pharmacy, in the safety and comfort of residents’ own rooms. All necessary safety precautions will be taken. All Shaker Place staff will be receiving the vaccine; staff vaccination date is to be determined at this time. There will be no cost to residents or staff to receive the vaccine.
This vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19. We encourage as many residents as possible to get this vaccine. The elderly have a much higher risk of 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. We can save lives.
The vaccine has gone through testing and clinical trials to ensure it meets the highest safety standards. It is also safe if you already had the virus. 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.
Potential side effects can be found here on the CDC FAQ page. Possible side effects have been found to be similar to the side effects of the flu shot, but they occur more frequently. The vaccine requires two doses. Residents will need to get both doses to ensure the best results. The second dose will be given approximately 21 to 28 days after the first dose.
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 and when to adjust our policies for visitations and social activities and keep you updated.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any additional questions. We are here to help make sure you are comfortable with this plan of action for the COVID-19 vaccines. You may also refer to the resources and quick links on this page for more information from the CDC.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the CDC recommend that residents of long-term care facilities including Shaker Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center be included among those offered the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 vaccinations, please contact us.
Phone: (518) 869-2231
Vanessa Denning, Medical Director: Vanessa.Denning@shakerplace.org
Rebecca Luce, Director of Nursing: Rebecca.Luce@shakerplace.org
William Redmond, Infectious Disease/Employee Health: William.Redmond@ShakerPlace.org