January 19, 2021
Hope will arrive on the campus of Kendal~Crosslands Communities (KCC) by way of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our retirement community works diligently through this COVID marathon, demonstrating that residents and staff members are devoted to one another, anchored to our Quaker values, dedicated to community, and determined to continue to keep one another safe. The strength and endurance that our community has shown since February is inspirational and demonstrates what is possible in seemingly impossible times.
PA Department of Health Is Our Compass
KCC is participating in the Federal Government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program and registered with CVS Health. This means we eagerly welcome CVS, bringing teams to conduct the immunizations in January and February. As we know, there are several promising vaccines for COVID-19, developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and soon with AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax. We anticipate we will receive the Pfizer vaccine, which will include two inoculations. Our vaccine rollout is guided by an interim plan outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and guidance from our local health department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Vaccine Rollout In Phases
PA DOH vaccine rollout plan guides the distribution of the vaccine in phases. Phase 1A is for high-risk health care workers, first responders, and older adults living in long-term care and assisted living settings such as our Health Centers at both Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands. Subsequent phases (1B and 1C) include expanding the vaccine for additional high risk and critical workers and essential business personnel who cannot work remotely or maintain social distancing.
Kendal~Crosslands Communities Vaccine Plan
Following the PA DOH plan, the priority is with the most vulnerable residents in our Health Centers and our staff members. CVS will inoculate our health center residents in their rooms and staff members in our auditoriums. We are scheduling all injections with precise logistics so that everyone can remain socially distanced before and after their injection and be monitored for 15-30 minutes after the injection. Kendal~Crosslands Communities provided comprehensive education and information about the vaccine to staff and residents and (as applicable) families to secure maximum permissions and participation in advance of the inoculation date. We anticipate a festive environment with opportunities for pictures, treats, and there will even be a sign at the entrances welcoming CVS and announcing our hero vaccination day.
The New Normal
While the vaccine gives us a glimmer of relief for returning to a new everyday life, we are mindful that it will not lead to an immediate or rapid end of the pandemic. A large number of people in the greater community will need to get vaccinated before transmission drops enough to stop the use of masks. We understand the vaccine will not eliminate, at least not for a while, the need to maintain social distancing and other infectious disease mitigation measures.
Hope Is Contagious
Hope is what we wish to be contagious. The deep commitment of all residents and staff who work together to create successful outcomes continues to provide hope for a safe future. Spread hope to one another and rise in community at Kendal~Crosslands Communities.
Stay tuned for pictures and scenes from our vaccination days on our website or our Facebook page.
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