Important Information-Vaccination Update January 28, 2021

Important Information- COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic #2 Update

January 28, 2021

Dose #2 Vaccination Clinic- February 6th & 7th

CVS Pharmacy has confirmed that the next vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Independent Living residents, Creighton Center residents, Collington team members and private duty aides across campus who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the January 16th and 17th vaccination clinic, will be eligible to receive their second doses at this upcoming vaccination.

The clinic will be held in the Auditorium. We will plan to follow the tentative schedule (below) for Independent Living resident vaccinations.  We are once again collaborating with District Leaders to help us keep our lines and wait times as short as possible!  A big thanks to all of them!

Guidelines:

  • Please do not get in line more than 10 minutes prior to the start of the first clinic time.
  • We will call each District Leader when it is time for their group to begin getting in line and they will alert their district residents.  Therefore, the below schedule is shared as a very tentative schedule.
  • Residents who received their first dose on Saturday, January 16th, please plan to come on Saturday, February 6th.
  • Residents who received the first dose on Sunday, January 17th, please plan to attend on Sunday, February 7.th
  • As we did for the first clinic, plan to rest for 15 minutes after your shot in the main dining room.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, February 6th:

10:30am- 11:45am 1000 cluster
11:45am- 1:00pm 2000 cluster
1:00pm- 2:15pm 3000 cluster
2:15pm- 3:45pm 4000cluster
3:45pm- 4:00pm Open/ over flow as needed

Sunday, February 7th:

10:30am- 11:45am 1st floor apartments
11:45am- 1:00pm 2nd floor apartments
1:00pm- 2:45pm 3rd floor apartments
2:45pm- 4:00pm Villas
3:00pm- 4:00pm In home visits for those who received first dose at home previously

What should I bring with me?

  • A completed copy of the CVS Consent Form. District Leaders will distribute the same two-page triplicate copy CVS consent form you completed for the first clinic. As you may have medical changes since the last vaccination clinic, please complete the entire consent form.
  • Your ID (drivers license or Collington badge)
  • Your insurance card if you have it available.
  • The white card the CVS team gave you when you got your first dose. If you do not have it, it’s OK, you can still get the second does.

What should I expect after the second dose?

You may experience some side effects after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. These may include pain and swelling on the arm where you received the vaccine, fever, chills, fatigue, and headache.  According to the CDC, these are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do normal activities but should go away within a few days.

If you feel that you are having an extreme or abnormal reaction, the following is available to support you:

  • On-Call MedStar Center for Successful Aging physician are available to speak to you directly. Residents who need to reach a practitioner outside of the regular clinic scheduled hours dial 301-570-7363 directly. Regular clinic hours remain Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • Call security at ext. 2020 to alert them and if needed, they will connect with a Health Services team member to provide you support, guidance or help.
  • Call 9-1-1. If you are experiencing a life-threatening symptom, call 9-1-1 directly.
  • Use your pendant. Please use your pendant to alert security that you have an emergent need and require immediate help.

Please reach out to your fellow neighbors via phone to check in on them. If you are not able to reach someone or believe someone is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or ext. 2020 to reach security.

Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions from CVS that is also included in this week’s Courier.

Staying Vigilant even after vaccination

While the vaccine brings hope of the pandemic’s end, it unfortunately won’t mean an immediate return to life as we knew it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective at preventing confirmed COVID-19 illness. Please remember to stay vigilant in the fight to stop COVID-19. Even after receiving the second dose of the vaccine, we must continue to wear masks, social distance, wash our hands, limit our numbers of persons who gather and keep up our mitigation efforts to support our fight against COVID-19. We are all eager to return to a pre-pandemic normal and receiving the vaccine is one huge step closer to being able to do so.

What if I didn’t receive the first dose at the last clinic and would like to receive it still?

CVS has confirmed that this second dose vaccine clinic will be the last clinic held at Collington. There will not be an opportunity to receive the first dose at this vaccine.

Our Health Services team is working on alternate ways to connect residents and team members who would still like to receive the vaccine, to do so. Prince George’s County Executive, Angela Alsbrooks, has share that they have moved into Phase 1C of vaccine distribution. For those who live in the county, you may pre-register for the notification of when you will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated. To do so, please visit: https://covid19vaccination/princegeorgescountymd.gov . For more information on who is eligible in each phase, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19Vacination .

Thank you for your continued support and vigilance in working to stop the end of this pandemic.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

Ann Gillespie, CEO

Megan Barbour, COO

Hope Nevins, Health Services Administrator