How We’re Keeping Our Elizabethtown Residents Safe with the Covid-19 Vaccination
It is one of the largest vaccination efforts in American history, and we’re playing a role in it.
During the nationwide coronavirus pandemic, we have continually demonstrated our dedication to keeping our residents safe through adherence to all recommended infection control guidelines and more recently through vaccination.
Our residents and staff were offered the COVID-19 vaccination on January 5. They received the second vaccination in the series on February 2.
In addition, we are consistently following all safety protocols, including the stringent ones from DHSR, the Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services. In addition to daily screening of all employees, we are also regularly testing our employees for COVID-19. Residents are being tested per state and local guidelines.
As always, we use personal protective equipment (PPE), and our employees have undergone additional infection control training.
We do still offer scheduled visitation for our residents and families with social distancing and infection control measures maintained during the visit. Window visits are still available at any time.
Do you have all the information you need on the COVID vaccine? We’ve got some important news you can use.
FAQs About the COVID Vaccine in Elizabethtown, NC
We know you probably have a lot of questions. We’ve gathered some useful answers from the Centers for Disease Control.
Are the COVID vaccinations safe?
We know there is a lot of misinformation and fear surrounding the pandemic. We want to set the record straight. The FDA—Food and Drug Administration— has reviewed all the clinical trial data. They would only authorize an emergency vaccination if they saw benefits that outweigh potential risks.
There’s also been extensive clinical trials which help ensure all safety standards are met.
What’s in the COVID-19 vaccinations?
We want everyone to be aware that both available vaccines do NOT have preservatives, eggs or latex.
If you want more details about the ingredients in the Moderna vaccine (the one we administer), you can check out this complete list available from the manufacturer.
If I’ve already had COVID-19, do I still need a vaccination?
Yes. There is still a lot we’re learning about COVID-19, and it is possible to get reinfected. That’s why we believe all eligible people should be vaccinated whether or not they’ve had a COVID-19 infection.
When someone recovers from having an infection, they are said to have “natural immunity.” However, the uncertain part is that this natural immunity may vary from person to person. As a result, officials aren’t sure how long this natural immunity lasts.
Research is ongoing, but if you have specific questions, you should speak with your doctor.
The COVID-19 vaccination is given as two shots. When do I need to get the second shot?
If you are getting the Moderna vaccination (again, this is the type we are administering at Bladen East), the doses should be given one month apart. You must get your shot as close as possible to this interval. Do NOT get the second dose earlier than suggested.
What if I have an underlying medical condition?
In many cases, if you have an underlying medical condition, it may be even more important for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Those who are in high-risk categories—such as senior citizens, those with compromised immune systems or those with diabetes—can have more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
However, you should be sure that you have not had an immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients found in the vaccine.
Do You Have a Question About the Vaccine in Elizabethtown, NC That Wasn’t Answered Here?
Ongoing developments—including distribution schedules and other information—can be found from the following reliable sources:
The Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 vaccination webpage.
Most importantly, remember that your doctor is a valuable resource. If you have any questions about the vaccine, he or she will be able to provide you the information you need.
Bladen East: Protecting Our Residents With the COVID-19 Vaccine in Bladen County
We understand that caring for our residents means much more than providing them with the best in service, food, and facilities. It means safeguarding their health at a time of a national health crisis. We’re proud to take the lead to ensure that your loved ones remain safe.
We always follow the recommended guidelines from state and national health officials and go the extra mile to ensure the highest quality of care.
If you have questions about living at Bladen East or want to know more about our modified visitation policies, please contact us.