ELKHORN, Neb. (KMTV) - Life Care Center of Elkhorn has begun the process of administering the coronavirus vaccine to residents and staff.
The currently approved coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna both require two doses taken a few weeks apart. The vaccine is free to residents and employees but the decision to get it will be up to them.
“We are encouraging all residents and associates to take advantage of the FDA-authorized vaccines, but we are not requiring it,” said Life Care Center Elkhorn Executive Director Michelle Yosick. “We believe it is vital that each individual resident and/or their legal representative make informed decisions about the healthcare the resident receives, and we encourage them to consult with their primary physician for guidance.”
Injection-certified pharmacists from CVS will administer the vaccines.
“I think everyone in the skilled nursing industry is thankful that a vaccine is available and being administered, and we are thrilled that vaccinations are underway at our facility” said Yosick. “It’s an understatement to say this has been a difficult year, but the vaccine offers hope as we move forward.”
Yosick added that the availability of a vaccine is not the end of the fight against COVID-19 and that the facility will maintain strict safety standards going forward.