In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have been essentially the most weak.
The push to get the vaccine out to them has been a high precedence and, on Friday, residents at Belmont Gardens, a licensed private care dwelling, will obtain the primary of the 2 doses that can give them an added layer of safety they want from the virus.
Dr. Dan Edney, who’s a health care provider at Medical Associates of Vicksburg and who has served on the governor’s COVID-19 job pressure, mentioned the vaccines residents might be receiving at Belmont Gardens are separate from these most people has been receiving.
“These vaccines are from the Long Term Care Vaccination Program,” he mentioned, which is a program designed by the Federal Authorities.
“The government contracted with Walgreens and CVS to vaccinate all the nursing homes,” he mentioned. “The government actually assigned a single dose for every nursing home resident and every employee. So the nursing homes have been waiting for those two entities to go and vaccinate the residents.”
The rollout by CVS and Walgreens has not been as speedy as one would have hoped, Edney mentioned. An absence of manpower has slowed distribution.
“They have been using pharmacists who have their state licenses to give the vaccine and there are not that many of them. What they (the government) should have done was like with the flu shot — let the nursing homes have the staff that could have administered the shot give it,” he mentioned. “We should have had the nursing homes vaccinated back in November.”
Whereas there have been delays in vaccinating those that reside in prolonged residing services, Edney mentioned, by Friday, all of the native nursing houses ought to be caught up with their vaccines.
Edney mentioned the nursing dwelling and assisted residing residents at Heritage Home had been vaccinated per week or so in the past.
“We’re getting there,” he mentioned.