Dear Wesley Enhanced Living Residents, Family Members and Friends,
As we approach one year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, we are reflecting on all we have accomplished together despite the many challenges we’ve faced.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for not only our WEL family, but for individuals of all ages around the world. We are proud of our team members for being so dedicated and driven to support our residents and each other. We are proud of our residents and their families for their resiliency as they continue to look to the future with optimism, adding to the sense of hope across our communities.
In late 2020 and early 2021, our team anticipated the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. While we experienced some challenges with the first round of COVID-19 vaccination clinics, these obstacles allowed our team to improve processes and adapt for additional clinics. Altogether, in conjunction with the CVS team, our staff assisted in facilitating vaccination clinics to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine across our communities.
I am excited to share that we have reached an important milestone. Over the past few months, we have successfully coordinated COVID-19 vaccination clinics at all our WEL communities across Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties for residents and staff. As of 2/26/2021, we are proud to announce that nearly 90% of all WEL residents have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than half of our team members have also received their first doses, and we are continuing to encourage even more participation.
We have coordinated closely with our pharmacy partner CVS, to administer second doses, as well as dates for additional clinics to ensure we provide additional opportunities for all to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
While recognizing we are not in full control of vaccine availability, we are working hard to keep momentum going beyond the initial rounds of vaccine clinics to vaccinate remaining and new residents and staff members. In line with this effort, we strive to institute a vaccine maintenance program together with our partners, which will enable us to have continued access to vaccines on an ongoing basis.
We remain confident that a robust vaccine program is a critical steppingstone on our journey back to normalcy.
Again, I commend our residents and their loved ones for their continued resolve. Our team is looking forward to welcoming our families back to our communities, as we move into a phase when restrictions are lifted, and we can safely enjoy all that we miss.
Executive Directors will continue to share updates regarding cases and vaccine clinic availability. Infection rates continue to drop in the counties that we serve, and we’ve seen the same trends in our communities, with cases declining to zero in some locations.
Thank you for the confidence and trust you place in us.
Jeff A. Petty
President and CEO