Homewood staff, health care and asisted living residents receives first round of Covid Vaccine
Homewood is among the first in the nation to receive vaccines in accordance with the federal plan prioritizing long-term care residents and workers. For Homewood at Frederick, that includes residents residing in skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living, and co-workers all at no cost to them. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are being administered at Homewood at Frederick through Walgreens Pharmacy and have received authorization from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use (EUA). The Pfizer vaccination was the first vaccination approved by the FDA with an efficacy rate greater than 94% in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This percentage comes from the phase three clinical trials with more than 40,000 subjects. Findings reveal the Pfizer vaccine has minimal side effects. Side effects include but are not limited to, sore injection site, low grade fever, and headache that only lasted less than 24 hours. The Pfizer vaccination is a two-step vaccine given 21 days apart.
Homewood at Frederick held their first vaccine clinic on January 6th. The total number of vaccines were given to 110 co-workers, 47 assisted living residents and 43 health care residents. Independent living residents are not in the first tier of vaccinations but will be coming soon. Homewood will be holding a second vaccination clinic on January 27th for all co-workers and residents who received the first shot. Any co-workers and residents residing in assisted living or the health care center, who did not attend the first vaccine clinic will be able to get the first-step of the vaccine at the second clinic.