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Generations COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

December 18th, 2020

Social distancing and wearing masks have become daily precautionary measures for Americans as this global pandemic reaches far and wide. Keeping you and your loved ones safe have been Generations’ number one priority during these challenging times.

Generations will be part of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccine phases in California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

While these timelines are fluid, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care facilities can rest assured that state governments see the risk COVID-19 poses for us all. They are prioritizing taking care of us so that we can take care of others.

“Our staff, our healthcare heroes, and our residents – the reason we are here – have all put in extraordinary effort, adapted to tremendous change, and made personal sacrifices to reach this moment. They are among those whom the most has been asked during this pandemic and they did it on faith that we would get to this moment. It is wildly appropriate that they are honored with such an early opportunity to receive the vaccine.” – Rebecca Stayner, Director of Compliance and Infrastructure

In conjunction with the CDC, the FDA is working with states to ensure distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes opening storage facilities, vaccine distribution centers and ensuring those most vulnerable to COVID-19 are protected in hospital and long-term care facilities. This also includes frontline workers who put their life at risk daily to care for patients and residents.

We do not have an exact time frame for when the vaccine will roll out.

Our team is working with local and state governments to plan the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to our staff and residents. As of now, the CDC and FDA expect the vaccine to be two doses for maximum efficacy with a rollout starting by the end of 2020.

Our onsite clinics will ensure our residents and staff can quickly and easily get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as available. This is at zero cost to everyone involved. As soon as our onsite clinics are scheduled, our residents, staff, and families will be the first to know.

Generations will continue to adhere to CDC guidelines in COVID-19 prevention. From personal protection equipment, testing our staff and residents, and continuing to adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing, Generations will continue to be diligent with precautions and infection control measures to help keep residents, staff, and our communities safe.

We will continue to provide updates to the public, our staff, families, and our residents as we have them.

Generations is grateful to the CDC, FDA, and state and local governments for prioritizing our residents and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to distributing the vaccine and prioritizing everyone’s health and safety within the Generations family as we continue to face daily life in the COVID era.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available?

The CDC believes the general public (those not in prioritized phases, such as healthcare workers, residents in healthcare settings, people with high risk, non-healthcare essential workers, people in congregate settings, and older adults) may begin the vaccination process by the late Spring. Supply of the vaccine will increase in 2021. By the fall of 2021, most Americans should have received or are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

What is a vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

During a public health emergency and as soon as it is proven safe and effective, the pharmacies have completed all needed steps, and results and data have been reviewed and approved by independent advisory committees, the FDA has the power to authorize the use of a vaccine. No steps are skipped during the safety evaluation or vaccine development. The FDA will not grant a EUA under any circumstance if the data shows it’s ineffective or unsafe.

Why do people need to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 is highly infectious and puts many around you at risk for long-term complications or death. Since you can carry COVID-19 asymptomatically, you could spread it without even knowing you have it. By vaccinating as much of the population as possible, starting with those most likely to be affected, we can reduce the risk of those long-term complications and rising death rates and help reduce rates of transmission across the country. The vaccine itself does not save lives; people getting vaccinated will.

Will the vaccine help end COVID-19?

The COVID-19 vaccine is one tool to prevent its spread. It will not eradicate it. Wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible, along with the vaccine, are the best ways to prevent its spread until a majority of the population is vaccinated. By using all the tools available, the CDC believes community spread will lessen over time.

Do you need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The majority of COVID-19 vaccine trials across the globe require two shots. The first dose primes the body; the second dose ensures its effectiveness.

Can you pay to get the COVID-19 vaccine sooner?

No. The CDC, FDA, and state and local governments are working together to ensure the vaccine makes its way to health care workers, frontline workers, and the most vulnerable among us before the general population will be eligible to be vaccinated.

Will the vaccine help you avoid getting COVID-19?

Because of proven effectiveness in clinical trials, experts believe that the COVID-19 vaccine will help you avoid getting COVID-19. It’s not foolproof. It may be possible, though unlikely, to still get COVID-19; experts believe in that case that your symptoms and risk of severe outcome are less than going without the vaccine. The vaccination will also help you reduce community spread to those at increased risk of severe illness. This is why mask-wearing and social distancing are still important after getting the vaccine.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines being developed in the U.S. do not use any form of the virus. Each vaccine’s goal is to teach our bodies how to recognize and fight the COVID-19 virus. Like many vaccines, sometimes this can cause symptoms as the body’s immune system builds immunity.

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