Important COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As you know, the first of two COVID-19 vaccines has received emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a second vaccine may be approved in a matter of days. In just a few weeks, health care employees and residents of long-term care communities will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

Although Bloom Living is not a health care facility, we have submitted all the needed paperwork and hope to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for our residents soon. While we fully support the decision to immunize health care workers and residents of care communities first, we are optimistic that residents of independent living communities will also be offered COVID-19 vaccinations soon.

Until the COVID-19 vaccine is broadly available, we ask that you continue to follow the three W’s of COVID safety:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Watch your distance
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly

For added information, below are a few common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine as well as answers from reputable medical organizations.

For added information, below are a few common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine as well as answers from reputable medical organizations.

  • Can someone get COVID-19 from the vaccine? No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 use inactivated virus, parts of the virus (e.g. the spike protein), or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause Covid-19. John’s Hopkin’s University
  • Will getting the vaccine make you test positive for COVID-19? Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. CDC 
  • Why should I get vaccinated? Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. CDC 

Doing Our Best to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Bloom Living is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. We have adapted many protocols and are following the guidance of local and federal authorities to best protect our community. Above all else, our goal is to protect the wellbeing of our residents and create a positive environment where each resident can thrive.

Below are just a few precautions we’re taking at Bloom:

  • Staff members are being screened at the start of and part way through each shift.
  • All employees are wearing masks at all times.
  • Activities have been adapted to allow for social distancing.
  • Dining room seating has been revised for social distancing.

Our community is currently allowing residents to entertain guests and family members, but we are asking visitors to be respectful of all our residents by taking a few added precautions. All guests are asked to follow the below guidelines while visiting a Bloom resident:

  • Limit the number of visitors to no more than 4 guests at a time
  • Wear a face mask while visiting
  • Remain in your friend or loved one’s apartment home as much as possible and avoid spending time in common areas

As time goes on and we learn more about COVID-19, we may change the above guidelines to better protect the wellbeing of our residents and staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our community directly at 913.738.4335.