Elder caregiver speaks to vaccine rollout at Fellowship Community

Written by on February 23, 2021

Elder caregiver speaks to vaccine rollout at Fellowship Community

By Brittany Sweeney

Feburary 23, 2021

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Older adults are in the first group to receive vaccines because they are the age group most at-risk for contracting COVID-19.

Mary Kay McMahon, president and chief executive officer at Fellowship Community in Whitehall Township, says over the past two months, her facility has held five clinics on-site to get a majority of the staff and residents vaccinated.

“We were really nervous about how this really was going to work and would these vaccine clinics really happen and they did. They did exactly the way it was planned to go. So we started vaccinating, we started with our skilled nursing residents, because they are the most vulnerable people in our population,” McMahon says.

The senior living space is home to about 500 residents in independent, personal care and skilled nursing facilities.

“We have a little over 95 percent average participation and have already been vaccinated. All of our residents have been vaccinated twice, so they’ve had both doses now. So to be here at the end of February, when we had nothing at the end of December to have to have made that much progress in that short period of time. We all feel blessed,” McMahon says. 

McMahon says all COVID restrictions are still in place at Fellowship Community, including a restriction on visitors but they hope to lift that in early March.

Fellowship Community has one more clinic scheduled for March 4. 

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