February 25, 2021

Kline Galland COVID Update

Everything you need to know about vaccines, variants and vaccinations.

There is no doubt that 2020 was the most challenging year Kline Galland (or for that matter any of us) has ever faced. 2021 is looking brighter, but the challenges are still with us. We have vaccines, but we also have mutations. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have to be diligent in our COVID-prevention actions. As a senior-care health facility with more than a century of experience and a deep reason for being, Kline Galland is uniquely positioned to address the challenges, and to do what is best for our residents, patients and employees. In other words, we’re not only following the science, we’re embracing it on a day-to-day basis.

Vaccinations.

Kline Galland is pleased to report that we have vaccinated 98% of our seniors and 90.6%* of our staff.

  • Partnering with CVS Pharmacy, vaccine clinics have taken place at both the Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill with five sessions held in the month of January.
  • To date, nearly every resident and patient has received both doses of vaccine, while over 90% of our staff have received their vaccines. The Summit at First Hill has a resident vaccination rate of 100%!
  • For those who received their initial dose, the second dose of vaccine shots are being scheduled for February. (Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second shot within 3-4 weeks)
  • You can find future updates here: https://www.klinegalland.org/covid-19/

About Vaccines. 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were approved for emergency use by the FDA and passed an independent review by medical experts in the western states.  Approvals did come in record time, but even with the aggressive timetable, there were no corners cut or safeguards overlooked. Each of the vaccines went through thousands of trials with thousands of volunteers and each were proven effective (the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines with 90%+ efficacy rates). Only minimal side effects were noted, mainly minor conditions like sore throat, fatigue or fever.

After approval, The FDA and CDC are continuing to monitor and assess the effectiveness of the vaccines. These real-world assessments compare groups of people who do and don’t get vaccinated to people who do and don’t get COVID-19 to find out how well COVID-19 vaccines are working to protect people.

Experts are also working to make sure assessments include adults with heart conditions, obesity and diabetes as well as other underlying medical conditions. These assessments will be used to better understand how well COVID-19 vaccines protect people with underlying medical conditions.

How the Vaccines Work. 

What a vaccine does is basically gets an immune system in shape. It teaches it to look for the key features of the coronavirus, so when the virus shows up, the immune system is ready to fight it. When you receive a vaccine, it’s like giving the body a plan for recognizing the virus. Using that plan, the immune system starts preparing by making fighter cells that stay in your blood as protection. What this means is you get immunity against the disease without having to get sick. When enough people’s bodies know how to fight the virus, it has nowhere to go and the spread is stopped. With a vaccine we’re able to stop that spread quicker. 

Now the vaccines that have been approved were successful in keeping people from getting sick. That’s obviously the good news, the even better news is that research is still being collected on whether the current vaccines also impede the virus from spreading. If the research bears that out, this will accelerate herd immunity and move us toward a speedier end to the pandemic.

Variants. 

The latest news on mutating coronaviruses around the world hasn’t been the most positive, but it’s not unexpected.  All viruses mutate, it’s a fact of science. In fact, flu viruses change often, which is why there’s a new flu vaccine every year. Currently, researchers are busy developing new variations of the COVID vaccines to fight the variants. These new variations will take the shape of booster shots to augment any vaccine shots already received. In the meantime, what’s the best way for Kline Galland to deal with the variants?  It’s pretty simple really…show an abundance of precaution, and continue to do everything possible to reduce the risk of exposure:

  • –Wear masks
  • –Practice physical distancing (at least six feet)
  • –Limit trips to stores
  • –Be extra vigilant in taking precautions when seeing friends and family outside
  • –Continue private dining
  • –Wash hands regularly
  • –Continue deep cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.

Kline Galland is also committed to active testing of all staff and residents—as a precaution for people exhibiting potential symptoms, but also to ensure there are no asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers in our facilities. It’s also the best way to stay ahead of any new COVID strains that might be circulating Our team is committed to observing heightened infection control protocols to protect both our residents and our staff.

Regular testing of Kline Galland residents, patients and staff will continue until the pandemic is over.

Ometz Lev

Ometz Lev, is a Hebrew term that translates to “courage of the heart” It’s been our guiding light since our beginning and has been especially present during this pandemic. It has been this courage shown by everyone—staff, residents, families—that has gotten us through a very challenging twelve months.  We’re not out of the woods yet, but the path is getting clearer by the day.

 

*Vaccination rates updated May 5th, 2021

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