Dear Resident and Family Members,
We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had great impact on our residents, our employees, and their families. The most encouraging event has been the arrival of a promising vaccine. Kingston of Miamisburg has been working in tandem with federal, state, and local public health agencies to set up a vaccination program for our residents in our facility. In a matter of days, we will be scheduling a COVID vaccination clinic in our building for our residents. This letter is to enlist your support and participation.
Despite a limited supply early on, our residents and essential health care workers will be first in line to receive the vaccine. This protocol has been established by our public health agencies. Kingston has selected CVS/Omnicare, under contract with the federal government, to be our provider of the vaccines. Kingston HealthCare Company strongly encourages all our residents and employees to become vaccinated. We believe this will be the most effective way to reduce the impact of the virus.
Our residents have witnessed and participated in vaccination programs that have eliminated smallpox and taken the fear out of polio. The new COVID vaccines can have the same impact. It is so important they continue to show the same amount of leadership and personal responsibility to help get rid of this virus.
At the time of this letter, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing two products for approval based on the results of the vaccine trials. The FDA’s independent panel recommended approval of the Pfizer vaccine on December 10th. FDA approval depends on an independent group to review the safety and efficacy prior to its own approval. Thanks to a commitment from the government, the companies began to produce millions of doses after the early safety and efficacy data was positive. The vaccine has passed its Phase 3 requirements, similar to all other vaccine approvals. The CDC has said the vaccine cannot cause COVID disease. Side effects have been those typically seen with vaccinations like a sore arm at the injection site, chills, muscle pains, headache, chills and low-grade fever. All have been for a brief time. News reports have mentioned that allergic reactions have also occurred.
We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our residents and staff and believe the vaccine is important for health and getting back to normal. Residents will be required, in advance, to complete a consent form for CVS and for Kingston as well as share insurance information. The protocol will require two shots and at this time, both shots of the vaccine have been paid for by the federal government. There will be an administration fee that CVS will bill directly to all insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicare managed care companies.
I encourage you to learn more about the vaccine from our state health department or through the CDC’s website. If you haven’t already, please begin talking about the vaccine with your loved one in anticipation of the upcoming vaccine clinics. I will share more information with you when the clinics become scheduled. Please reach out with any questions.