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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”]All the evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing transmission, hospitalizations and death from the virus. That’s why at the end of last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for many Americans.

La Posada continues to evaluate all options to help maintain the health and wellness of our residents, which includes providing a third dose or “COVID booster” of the COVID-19 vaccine for qualified residents. With FDA approval of the booster vaccine for members of the senior population, La Posada is currently working to schedule clinics for our residents upon availability.

The community recently hosted its first COVID booster clinic and continues to use all available resources at our disposal to ensure the safety of our community. This includes ongoing weekly testing for all residents and associates, so that we may monitor and identify cases that may arise.

“I was desperate to get the vaccine,” says resident Heather Liddle. “I thought it was our only hope.”

Back in January, she and hundreds of her neighbors lined up to get the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Many seniors, including the residents at La Posada, have been waiting for months for word about a booster.

“It’s not so much dying that’s the problem, at least for many I’ve spoken with,” said Noel Trachtenberg, “It’s the illness and the pain… and all that goes with it when you get sick.”

The booster can be given to:

  • Anyone 65 and older
  • Long-term care patients and staff
  • Adults with underlying medical conditions that put them at extra risk
  • In a surprising twist, the CDC director also added adults whose jobs increase their chances of exposure to the virus.

“Our residents are relieved, they’ve been waiting for this for a while,” said La Posada Executive Director Brad Cadiere.

To read more, check out the story on CBS 12!