Stonehill Communities has received exciting news from Community Pharmacy, our pharmacy partner. As one of six nationally selected pharmacies, they will be working with us to administer the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, which received emergency use authorization approval this month. The emergency use authorization provides doses of the vaccine for those who live and work in long-term care settings as a priority group in Phase 1 to receive some of the first vaccine shipments to Iowa. We anticipate the first vaccine clinics will happen the last week of December and we will provide more information on the date soon.
This letter is to provide crucial information regarding the vaccine safety and effectiveness (you will also be receiving a print copy of this letter and consent form specific to you or the resident you represent in the postal mail; these were mailed 12/15/20), as well as answer frequently asked questions to help you determine what is best for you or your loved one. Stonehill Communities is recommending all residents and staff receive the vaccine, unless your physician advises against it. Receiving the vaccine is an important step in our continued efforts to protect residents, staff, and visitors on the Stonehill Communities campus. Community Pharmacy has named their project, Project Hug, in hopes that the vaccine is one step toward residents being able to see and hug their loved ones again in the future. We know the pandemic has been hard for everyone and we are hopeful for better days ahead. We thank you for assisting with this effort.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered by Community Pharmacy, with assistance from Stonehill Communities staff, and is provided at no cost.
Included with this letter
Important Information on the Vaccine Consent Form
Section 3 of the consent form is required with signature whether you consent or decline the vaccine and must be returned by 12/21/20. Community Pharmacy has filled in resident information including health insurance information on your behalf, but please review this before returning.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt Jahn, Director Health of Services or Peggy Stockel, V.P. of Operations/Administrator at 563-557-7180. Thank you for your assistance.
V.P. of Operations/Administrator
P.S. Please remember the crucial date to note is 12/21/20. The consent from should be completed and returned by this date whether you consent or decline the vaccine. Thank you!