After much anticipation, Silvergate Rancho Bernardo, north San Diego County’s newest luxury retirement community, announced today that the long-awaited first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were administered to residents, caregivers and staff on Monday, January 11, 2021.
Licensed Vocational Nurses at Silvergate assisted incoming vaccine teams from Omnicare, the parent company to well-known retail pharmacy chain, CVS Pharmacy, in vaccinating the community’s residents, who were designated as a priority for the shots in Phase I of the Centers For Disease Control’s national vaccine rollout guidelines.
“We are all ready to get back to normal and enjoy life beyond the pandemic, and these vaccines are the key to doing that,” said Sondra Brakeville, the Executive Director at Silvergate who has been closely working with state authorities to ensure that Silvergate was one of the first senior living communities in Rancho Bernardo to be able to vaccinate its seniors. “There’s finally a light at the end of this tunnel. We’re already planning new activities for our residents to enjoy in the coming weeks once everyone is safely vaccinated a second time.”
Silvergate has already received confirmation from CVS Pharmacy for its second-round vaccine clinic dates, which are set to take place in early February. Teams from CVS Pharmacy will return to Silvergate to help run follow-up vaccination clinics, as the Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose three weeks after the initial shot in order to reach the 95% effectiveness rate.
“Despite the delays in the distribution of the vaccine, all of our nurses and caregivers went above and beyond the call of duty to make this happen,” said Dennis Perjusa, Director of Resident Care for the community. “They have been incredibly dedicated to the health and wellness of our resident population…all while working through this national health crisis we’re all experiencing together. They are true front-line healthcare heroes!”
Silvergate Rancho Bernardo has had enthusiastic cooperation from its resident population in the community’s first-round vaccination efforts.
“We knew that we would be in the first wave of vaccinations, and I’m just really thankful to be here,” said Ron Hubbard, a Silvergate Rancho Bernardo resident. “The Silvergate staff has taken wonderful care of us. We’re a lot better off here than we would have been in our home with all that’s going on. Hopefully, we can just get back to normal with the vaccine. There was no question for us about getting the vaccine. We not only owe it to ourselves, to each other, to our family, and to our fellow residents. So, we’re doing it.”
“We’re really missing being able to do the activities like coming to the library, doing our exercises with the group, playing bocce and just going to the restaurant to come to dinner and see our friends,” said Karyn O’Laughlin and Larry Clark who are both residents at Silvergate. “We’re excited we got the vaccine. This is huge to get these vaccinations started in order to try to start building immunity to this virus. It’s a very frightening thing to have in our world, but to know that we’ve been vaccinated means we feel safer, which is wonderful for us.”
“I’m so thankful to be here at Silvergate and to be among the first to be getting this vaccine,” said JoAnn Trick, a new resident at Silvergate. “We’re hoping that this is going to put an end to all of the restrictions and quarantines. We realize it’s going to take a while to all work out and have everyone vaccinated, but it was extremely easy here at Silvergate. We want to go back to our activities and being able to have family and friends visiting again.”
About Silvergate Rancho Bernardo
Silvergate Rancho Bernardo is now scheduling virtual and private in-person tours of the community. For information, call Pam Rundle or Noel Fairbairn at (858) 451-1100 General information about the independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations at Silvergate can be found at SilvergateRR.com/RB.
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