COVID Vaccine Information
Dear residents and families of Heritage Manor
As you are aware, the FDA has now approved Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine. This is welcomed news given the catastrophic amount of deaths that have occurred in nursing homes all throughout the county. It is generally accepted that nursing homes account for about 8% of all COVID-19 cases but account for approximately 40% of all deaths.
We strongly urge you to have discussions with your loved one or other family members in advance of the notice that Heritage Manor, with the assistance of Walgreens, will begin vaccination. At this time, we do not know when this will occur and we do not know how much notice we will receive.
Due to demand, limited doses, and distribution challenges we are unsure if Heritage Manor will have access to the vaccine once the initial vaccination is offered. This is why it is important to finalize whether you will want your loved one to have the vaccine in advance.
Vaccines have been incredibly valuable in preserving the health of the world. Keep in mind the COVID-19 vaccine is designed to protect the health of the recipient, however, the vaccinated person may still be able to spread the virus to others. This is an important consideration in that every resident’s best chance to preserve their own health is through vaccination.
We are hopeful, through vaccination, the safety of the residents and staff of Heritage Manor will be ensured and we can begin to take the first step towards recovery from this pandemic.
As always, we encourage you to reach out to us if you should have any questions.
Dr. Bruce Willner
Medical Director Heritage Manor
CLICK HERE for Vaccine FAQs from the Society of Post Acute and Long Term Care Medicine
CLICK HERE for Walgreens Informed Consent Form
Covid 19 Vaccine update
Ohio is prepared to distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide. There are two clear goals:
To save lives and slow the spread of the virus.
- The COVID-19 vaccine development process included several steps comparable with those used to develop earlier vaccines, such as the flu or measles vaccine. The FDA, as well as independent medical experts, have ensured that every detail of these vaccines are thoroughly and rigorously evaluated.
- Initially, there will be a limited number of vaccines available, and Ohio is committed to making the vaccine widely available, for those who want to receive it, as quickly as possible as shipments arrive. In conjunction with the recommendations of medical experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), Ohio has identified the critical audiences that will be among the first to receive those very early shipments in Phase 1A, should they choose to be vaccinated:
o Healthcare providers and personnel who are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients.
o Residents and staff in nursing facilities.
o Residents and staff in assisted living facilities.
o Patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals.
o People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who in group homes or centers and staff at those locations
o Residents and staff of Ohio’s veteran's homes.
o EMS responders.
- The vaccine has been shown to decrease the severity of illness in people who catch this virus. Having a significant portion of Ohioans vaccinated will help us prevent serious hospitalizations and death, and will allow a return to normal.
- Using all the tools available to help prevent the spread of the virus continues to be critical until a substantial number of Ohioans can be vaccinated. Continuing to wear masks and social distance will reduce your chance of
being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures coupled with the vaccine will provide the best protection from COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines can save lives. COVID-19 is deadly and has killed more than 6,800 Ohioans and more than 276,000 people across the U.S. (data updated Dec. 4, 2020)
- Side effects are minimal. The most common side effects include fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain, and should not prevent you from getting a vaccine that can prevent you from catching or spreading this deadly virus.
The federal government has advised that the Ohio Department of Health will not know the exact number of vaccines that will be shipped to Ohio until closer to each shipment date. The current shipment figures, which are subject to change, are as follows:
- On or around December 15, a shipment from Pfizer will include 9,750 vaccines for Ohio's prepositioned hospital sites. An additional 88,725 vaccines will go to Walgreens and CVS for congregate care settings.
- On or around December 22, a shipment of 201,000 vaccines is expected from Moderna. These vaccines will go to 98 hospitals for vaccination of those who are exposed to COVID patients and to 108 health departments to vaccinate other frontline workers such as those working in emergency medical services.
- On or around December 22, another shipment is also expected from Pfizer. The tentative number of vaccines in this shipment is 123,000. These vaccines will go to Walgreens and CVS for vaccination of those in congregate care settings.
- A few days later, Ohio expects another 148,000 vaccines from Pfizer and 89,000 vaccines from Moderna.
These vaccines will be the first dose for those in the identified critical groups. A second dose will be delivered and administered in the future. It has not been determined when members of the general public will have the option to receive vaccines. As information becomes available about the next phases of vaccine distribution, it will be made public.
For the Pfizer vaccine, The COVID-19 vaccine is administered in two doses, with the second coming 21 days after the first. Research has shown that the protective effects of the vaccine begin one to two weeks after the second dose has been administered.