We all hope to see, sometime in the near future, a resumption of normalcy where we can walk in and out of our facilities without masks and PPE, where we can visit with family members freely and give our elderly loved ones tight hugs and pecks on the cheek. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, this hope is that much closer to becoming a reality.
Even though we have this glimmer of hope with the production of the vaccine, that is only the first step. It is now a matter of distributing, administering, and educating. There is fear, anxiety, and uncertainty regarding the vaccine, therefore, educating our healthcare professionals and residents on the safety and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine is paramount.
Our long-term care residents and healthcare frontline workers are among the first to have the opportunity to be vaccinated. While the latest statistics show a very high participation rate among residents, they also show that a large number of healthcare workers are shying away from rolling up their sleeve. As healthcare workers, we are some of the most trusted individuals and often provide a sense of comfort to everyone else looking for guidance in such a time of unknown. Getting vaccinated may not only protect you, but your loved ones, and those at high risk, including our beloved long-term care residents.
Reliant has been proactive in vaccination awareness for our therapists. This includes sharing peer vaccination stories and posting a series of videos by Dr. David Gifford, AHCA/CCAL, addressing important questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not had a chance to watch them and want to hear some pressing questions answered, take a few minutes and click on the links below.
Get informed and let’s ROLL UP, Reliant!