Executive Director COVID-19 update 1/28/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

Vaccine Clinic Update

I am writing with an update on our CVS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic this weekend.

CVS has consolidated our clinic into 1 day, Saturday January 30th 11am – 5pm.

Because 2 clinic days merged into one clinic day, our plan is to vaccinate the entire campus on Saturday January 30th; this includes all residents and all staff who require the first round of vaccination.  It will be a very busy and exciting day! 

Members of the leadership team and our wonderful staff will be on site to facilitate a smooth running clinic.  It is important that residents follow the guidance provided on the reverse side of this letter so that we can efficiently vaccinate everyone on Saturday.   I am very appreciative of the CVS team who will be on site on the 30th.  These pharmacists and technicians are working tirelessly, some 7 days a week, to bring the vaccine to our communities. 

In order to be vaccinated on Saturday January 30th, you will need to complete a consent form (we will have them available at the clinic if you did not complete and return in advance) and you will need to bring your most recent Medicare and insurance cards with you. You also must be available to receive the 2nd dose on Saturday February 20, 2021.  If you are declining the vaccine please notify Alison Schneck at 267-895-1185.

We will be hosting the Clinic in Heritage Hall.  Specific instructions are included in the following pages. Please dress appropriately; a short sleeve shirt is best so that the pharmacist can easily access your arm. Plan on which arm you wish to receive the vaccine.  If you choose to wear a sweater or long sleeve clothing, please be sure it has buttons or a zipper and can easily be removed.  We also suggest notifying your doctor that you will be receiving the vaccine so they are aware in the event you experience side effects. Additional information about side effects is included in the following pages.

For residents currently off campus, you will be contacted by a member of our team confirming a time slot later in the afternoon on January 30th for your vaccine. If you are not contacted by noon on Friday, please contact the receptionist at 215-345-4300.

Note all current protocols on campus will continue until the majority of the campus is fully vaccinated.  New information will come out after February 20th. We are anticipating a calm, well organized vaccination clinic.  Please be patient and follow the provided instructions.  This is yet another step in the right direction!  We hope you all can rest a little easier tonight. 

Warmly,

Maureen & the WEL Doylestown Team

WEL DT Vaccination Clinic Directions

Saturday January 30, 2021 11am to 5pm

Heritage Hall – First Floor

  1. Vaccinations will be offered according to your floor, in ascending order 2 thru 8.
  2. The 2nd and 3rd floor residents will be first as 23 residents from the 2nd floor have already received the vaccine.  Those 23 will not participate in this clinic.
  3. Staff will escort 2nd and 3rd floor residents to the Bistro by 10:45am. 
  4. Residents on the remaining floors (4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) will be called on the phone, using our robo call system, one floor at a time to notify them to come to the Bistro.
  5. As one floor is completing the vaccination process, we will call to invite the next floor downstairs. Do not rush; we will allow ample time for you to make the trip down to the Bistro.
  6. As a guide, we anticipate the following schedule for the floors 2nd/3rd at 11am, 4th at 12pm, 5th at 1pm, 6th at 2pm, 7th at 3pm and 8th at 4pm.  But please be ready 30 minutes prior in the event we are running early…not likely, but possible.
  7. Please, Do Not come down to the Bistro before you are called.  You will be asked to return to your apartment to wait for your call. 
  8. Please keep the elevators and lobby clear for those residents coming down for the vaccine. 
  9. The Fireplace Lounge and the Bistro area will be roped off beginning late afternoon Friday January 29th so that we can set up for the clinic.
  10. The Bistro area will serve as a seating/holding area for the next group to receive the vaccine.
  11. After waiting in the Bistro, residents will be invited into Heritage Hall.  Paperwork will be reviewed, your temperature will be taken. You will be directed to a table with a pharmacist and you will take a seat to be vaccinated.
  12. After vaccination, you will walk to the Bar/Heritage Dining Room for a snack/drink and 15 minutes of observation.  You will then be invited to leave the observation area. 
  13. Some mild discomfort, fever, chills, fatigue and headache can be expected post vaccination.  If you feel you are having a more severe reaction, please use your pull cord to notify security.

What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated Jan. 11, 2021 www.cdc.org

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Common side effects

  • Pain and/or swelling on the arm where you got the shot
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

Helpful tips

If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:

  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.
  • Use or exercise your arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Dress lightly.

When to call the doctor

In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

Remember

  • Side effects may feel like flu and even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
  • With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need 2 shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.
  • Please continue to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands

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