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Area care home res­i­dents get­ting COVID vac­cines

- By Stan Ash­bee and Cole Parkin­son South­ern Al­berta News­pa­pers Vaccines · Medical Treatments · Alberta Health Services · Alberta · Green Acres, WA · Picture Butte

Ac­cord­ing to Green Acres Foun­da­tion Hous­ing for Se­niors CAO Dawna Coslovi, res­i­dents at Piyami Lodge/Piyami Place in Pic­ture Butte and Sunny South Lodge in Coal­dale have re­ceived COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tions.

Coslovi said it’s very for­tu­nate res­i­dents at both sites have re­ceived their first roll-out of vac­cines, if they wanted it. “And they’ve all re­ceived their sec­ond dose too.”

“We’re very for­tu­nate and we’re re­ally quite happy with that, be­cause it cer­tainly pro­tects the most vul­ner­a­ble,” Coslovi added.

As for staff at the se­niors’ homes, Coslovi said, staff have been of­fered their first dose of the vac­cine. “I think they have to make their own ap­point­ment. I’m not 100 per cent sure on this, but they will be re­ceiv­ing their sec­ond dose within the al­lot­ted time frame.”

For those res­i­dents el­i­gi­ble for the vac­cine, Coslovi noted, over 90 per cent took the vac­cine in Coal­dale or 81 res­i­dents and 93 per cent in Pic­ture Butte.

Joan Hart, Taber’s Clearview Lodge man­ager noted the lodge is ac­tu­ally at 90 per cent com­ple­tion of res­i­dent vac­cines one and two. “We just have a cou­ple peo­ple that were ei­ther in the hospi­tal or were in a dif­fer­ent liv­ing fa­cil­ity at the time. So, we’re at 90 per cent for res­i­dents and we’re work­ing on the staff. I’d say about 50 per cent of staff are com­pleted.”

Hart pointed out staff were able to re­ceive their first dose of vac­cine when res­i­dents start­ing re­ceiv­ing heir first dose. “The sec­ond shot, we weren’t able to un­less we were in the draw.

Ac­cord­ing to Hart, the lodge found out Feb. 11, Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) is look­ing at vac­ci­nat­ing more staff that need it and the res­i­dents who didn’t get it done be­fore. “We’re pretty lucky to be at 90 per cent for res­i­dents.”

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