After yesterday’s Coronavirus vaccine approval by the FDA, one senior living provider is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to offer vaccination to local seniors. The Hearth, an Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Vestal, was recently granted 1A status from the CDC, meaning its residents and team members will have the choice of receiving the vaccine shortly after it is released, before the general population.
“We’re beyond excited to offer the vaccine to all of our residents and team members,” said Kevin Hunter, Hearth Management’s C.O.O. “The past several months have been an extremely difficult time for everyone in The Hearth family, and this vaccine gives us hope.”
The Hearth has secured CVS as its vaccine provider and is diligently working with the nationwide pharmaceutical provider to establish a timeline for distribution. “I have every confidence that our partners at CVS have our residents’ best interest at heart,” said Janet Haynes, The Hearth’s Vice President of Clinical Services. “They’ve been great partners so far, and I’m eager to collaborate with them to get the COVID vaccine into our buildings.”
Although every Hearth resident and team member will have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine early, vaccination is not mandatory. “I highly recommend that everyone who lives or works with us consults with their physician to make the very personal decision on whether or not they will receive the vaccine,” said Haynes.
When asked if she herself would receive the vaccine, Haynes’ response was very clear: “Absolutely.”
For more information on Hearth Management’s Coronavirus protocols and its 1A vaccine classification, visit www.thehearth.net/covid-19.
About The Hearth
Hearth Management is a privately owned and operated management and development company based in Syracuse, NY. Founded in 1988, Hearth Management specializes in Independent Living, Assisted/Enriched Living, and Memory Care. Currently, Hearth Management’s operates 15 communities throughout New York, Connecticut, Indiana, and Tennessee.