Wartburg Marks First COVID-19 Vaccination to Independent Living Residents
MOUNT VERNON (January 20, 2020) – In the Fight Against COVID-19, Wartburg has Reached Another Milestone – its First Independent Living Resident Vaccination. Mrs. Azilda Sauls, a resident of Friedrichs, received her first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
It was late January the 8th, when Governor Cuomo announced that, starting January 11th, New York State would expand the list of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to the populations in the State’s 1b grouping, which includes individuals 75 years and older. Four days later the state’s eligibility widened to include those over age 65. Wartburg President, Dr. David J. Gentner, stated “Although we were given very little notice, we are grateful that our institutional pharmacy partner PharmScript was able to put a plan together so quickly to include those on the campus who are over the age of 65 and living independently.”
The COVID-19 vaccine is available at no cost and it is not mandatory for anyone, although public health officials believe it is healthcare workers’ best defense against the deadly virus. In late December, Wartburg’s initial shipment of vaccines were offered to all nursing home residents and one-third of the nursing home staff following New York’s priority orders.
“I want to feel safe so that’s why I’m taking the vaccine, said Mrs. Sauls.
Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family. Wartburg was named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the 9th consecutive year in 2019.
Photo caption: Mrs. Azilda Sauls, receives her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Contact: Karen Thomas