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COVID-19 Vaccination: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why should I get vaccinated?
A. Because it is one of the best ways to protect everyone from the virus. Getting these shots protects residents from being infected and helps us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.  
Q. Who has received the COVID-19 vaccine?
A. Following our initial rounds of on-site vaccination clinics at all PHS locations, the majority of residents and staff have been fully vaccinated. Currently anyone 12 years and older are eligible to receive a vaccination. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet and are interested, reach out, we would be happy to help you connect with available options.

Q. May I visit my loved one if they have been vaccinated?
A. Yes. Find updated details on our COVID-19 information page.

Q. Will this get us “back to normal”?
A. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. The CDC has released updated guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose) and what activities may be safe to resume. The guidance notes that the COVID vaccine is effective at preventing COVID-19, especially severe illness and death and that early data shows that vaccines help keep people from spreading COVID-19 to others.

Q. Is vaccination mandatory for residents, volunteers or visitors?
A. No. The vaccination, administered through our pharmacy partners on behalf of and state and federal agencies, requires appropriate consent from residents or clients. Vaccination is not required for volunteers and visitors to enter a community building, but we are asking about vaccination status at the entry screening. We strongly encourage everyone to getting vaccinated. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness.

Q. Is vaccination  mandatory for employees?
A. This is pending since President Joe Biden announced sweeping new vaccine mandates for workers across the country.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to issue a rule in October mandating vaccination for employees in health care settings, including nursing homes, that receive Medicare / Medicaid funding. OSHA is also developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees, regardless of what business they are in, to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or conduct at least weekly testing of all unvaccinated employees. It is not known yet whether additional state requirements may follow for employees serving in other settings, such as assisted living, but we will share more information when we have it. 

Q. Will employees be paid for their time to attend a PHS vaccination clinic if they aren’t scheduled to work on the day of vaccination clinics?
A. Yes.

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