Hot Springs retirement community on list for first COVID vaccines
Residents of Country Club Village Retirement Community in Hot Springs will be among the first people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it is approved.
The CDC has partnered with CVS and Walgreens to provide free of charge, on-site vaccination clinics at senior living communities across the country as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and becomes available.
For Carol Burgess the prospect of getting the vaccine quickly is a relief.
“When this all started it was a jolt to our conveniences”, Burgess explained. “We’re all ready to get back into with some form of normalcy.”
Tiffanie Harper, the community’s executive director said most residents seem ready for that normalcy.
Both Pfizer and Moderna are on the verge of an effective vaccine for the virus that, as of Nov. 20, has claimed the lives of 2,297 Arkansans.
In a press conference Friday, Arkansas Department of Health secretary Dr. Jose Romero said that Pfizer had submitted paperwork to the FDA to begin the approval process.
For Burgess, that’s good news. “It means connection back with my family, the ability to go and do. We’ve missed those hugs and family connections.”
Harper did note that the vaccine will be optional for residents, but Burgess is excited for the opportunity to take the vaccine.
“I don’t feel like a guinea pig,” she laughed.
According to the CDC, “the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program provides end-to-end management of the COVID-19 vaccination process.” While a COVID-19 vaccination has yet to be approved by the FDA, the program has been developed to facilitate rapid deployment once a vaccine has been approved.