February 19th, 2021
Dear Resident & Family,
William Penn Care Center is concerned for the ongoing welfare, safety, and health of our residents and staff. The Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health departments are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The people most likely to become severely ill from COVID-19 are older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
This letter is to alert you that on 2/19/2021 we learned through ongoing mandatory testing of all staff and Residents, as of today, we had zero residents testing positive for COVID-19 from 2/12/2021 testing. We have one positive COVID-19 employee from 2/15/2021 testing. We will continue to provide updates on results as we receive them. We are actively monitoring our staff and residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and working with our local and state health departments.
We will continue weekly testing on all Residents. With the decrease of positivity in our county to 6.6%, we are now testing our staff weekly as per PA Department of Health guidelines, All our staff members continue to follow public health recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These include strict handwashing procedures, wearing facemasks, gloves, gowns and goggles.
To minimize the risk of our residents becoming sick with COVID-19, all visits to William Penn Care Center will continue to be suspended until further notice. This decision is being made per guidance from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We understand that connecting with family members is important. Other ways to connect include window visits, telephone, email, or through Skype or Facebook. Please feel free to reach out to our Activities Department to schedule a Skype or Facetime call with your family member.
For the most up-to-date information on this topic, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/covid19
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
William Penn Care Center Management
December 21st, 2020
Dear Resident & Family,
In our continued efforts to keep our residents and families updated with the most current information We want to inform you that William Penn Care Center, along with thousands of other long term care facilities, are participating in a program with the Centers for Disease Control to assist us in efficiently distributing these vaccines to our residents and staff free of charge. William Penn Care Center has partnered with CVS pharmacy to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for residents and healthcare workers.
We understand there is some concern about the safety and efficacy of these new vaccines, as they have been developed and tested far more quickly than those in the past. Clinical trials were evaluating investigational COVID-19 vaccines in many thousands of study participants to generate scientific data and other information for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine their safety and effectiveness. These clinical trials were conducted according to the rigorous standards set forth by FDA in their June 2020 guidance document.
Please refer to link: https://www.fda.gov/media/139638/download
Vaccines approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines. Please refer to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
The COVID-19 vaccines require two separate doses given about three weeks apart. Participants of clinical trials have reported experiencing short-term side effects after being vaccinated, with more pronounced discomfort after the second dose. These possible side effects include headache, muscle pains, fatigue, chills, fever and pain at the injection site. Sometimes there is misunderstanding about the cause of these reactions, as you may have heard someone say a vaccine has “made them sick” or given them the disease that the vaccine was intended to prevent. We want to be clear this is not the case. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you a COVID-19 infection. The vaccine works by helping the body create antibodies to fight off the virus. Feeling discomfort after getting the vaccine means that the vaccine is doing its job and your body is making antibodies.
CVS pharmacy staff will be coming to the facility to administer the vaccine. We are scheduled to receive the first dose of the vaccine on January 12 followed by the second dose on Febuary 2nd. Vaccines will only be provided for those individuals who have given consent. Enclosed you will find the consent forms and the CDC Covid-19 vaccine benefit fact sheet. You will be receiving a call in the upcoming days in regards to vaccine consent. Please keep in mind It is uncertain if and when you will have the option for your loved one to receive the vaccine at a later time.
We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including possible side effects of the vaccine and what to expect after you or a loved one receives it. We will continue to work with the CDC after the vaccine is received for monitoring and reporting of all recipients.
As we have been saying over the course of this difficult year, we are all in this together. Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents have been and remain our top priority. We are confident that the worldwide, unprecedented scientific achievement of these COVID-19 vaccines will eventually enable us to enjoy life with our loved ones again. We look forward to doing our part in this effort by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
We hope you will join us.
For more information please visit the CDC website:
Attachments included: CVS Pharmacy COVID-19 Intake Consent Form, CVS Pharmacy COVID-19 Responsible Party Consent Form, CDC COVID-19 Vaccine benefit fact sheet
William Penn Care Center Management