Dear Residents, friends, family, and future residents,
We’ve all been very encouraged by the news of release in the United States of the first vaccine proven to protect us from what has been the devastating effects of COVID-19 these past many months. As you probably know, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has resulted in 95% efficacy and after grueling case studies and data collection has been found by the FDA and the equivalent regulatory agencies in the UK and Canada to be safe for our seniors. We are delighted that the State of Florida has placed a top priority on distributing and administering the vaccine to long-term care and assisted living residents. As of the writing of this letter, the vaccine is on its way to the Pharmacies and through them to Tuscan Gardens.
Our residents and associates are, and have always been, our number one concern, so we’re doing everything we can to help facilitate the vaccination process on site as quickly as possible. Thanks to our partnerships with CVS and Walgreens, this process will be convenient and efficient for our associates and residents. The Pharmacy, in collaboration with our Community, will set up an immunization clinic on site at our Community over the next few weeks, where a team of pharmacy representatives will help us manage the immunization process.
While we will continue to maintain our COVID-19 infection control measures, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the best step in the process of returning our Community to normal. By receiving the COVID-19 vaccination now, you’ll not only be protecting your own health and safety, but also the health and safety of your loved ones and countless others in the Community.
Here are several key facts from the CDC that may help you better understand the COVID-19 vaccination:
- Getting vaccinated can help prevent you and others from getting sick with COVID-19 – if you get sick, you may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you, but a COVID-19 vaccination protects you by creating an antibody response without the virus itself.
- COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral
- People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 should still be vaccinated – experts aren’t sure how long someone who has recovered from COVID-19 is protected from getting sick The vaccination takes care of that concern.
We’ve all been in this together since the pandemic erupted in March, and it has forced us to consistently consider how to best protect ourselves and each other. This long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine is finally here and I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as we schedule it, which will be before the end of the year. Details will follow shortly.
Founder & CEO