We are happy to share that COVID-19 vaccination clinics are underway at all four of our Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes (TSVH). To facilitate efficient distribution, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials have partnered with CVS and Walgreens to administer the first phase of vaccines to long-term care residents and frontline health care workers free of charge. Currently, CVS is conducting the vaccination clinics at TSVH facilities to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
The Moderna vaccine has been proclaimed safe and effective by scientists and health professionals and has gone through rigorous testing phases. The testing involved thousands of patients in the vaccine trials, including older adults. Our second and third vaccine clinics have been scheduled, as the Moderna vaccine requires two doses for full efficacy.
While we are hopeful that the vaccine will allow for the relaxing of mandated federal regulations that restrict visitation in long-term care facilities, it will take some time for enough Tennesseans to receive both doses of the vaccine to see the county positivity rates decline. Until further notification from the CDC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Tennessee Department of Health, our Homes will continue to follow strict infection control protocols and conduct regular weekly testing to ensure the safety of residents and staff.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as TSVH navigates the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our privilege to serve Tennessee Veterans and their families in the most challenging of times, and we are committed to keeping family members informed on the status of their loved ones. We encourage you to call us if you have any questions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the most current information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19.