COVID-19 Vaccine On Way To Port Washington Nursing Facility

Peggy Spellman Hoey

PORT WASHINGTON, NY — Residents and staff of The Amsterdam at Harborside Skilled Nursing Facility in Port Washington will be some of the first people to roll up their sleeves to be inoculated with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning, according to a news release.

Recently released COVID-19 vaccine guidelines designated the residents of nursing home facilities and frontline healthcare workers working with high-risk patients to be some of first people in the nation to receive the vaccine in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Under the plan, all 56 residents and one-third of the facility's staff will be vaccinated. Eighty-six-year-old Janet Lombard will be among the residents to be inoculated.

“We feel grateful to be included amongst the first to receive the vaccine and glad to do our part in putting coronavirus behind us and getting back to life pre-Covid,” stated Amsterdam Executive Director Brooke Navarre stated in the news release. “Obviously, some of us are a bit nervous about being vaccinated, but the vaccine has added a new and important element to our community – hope and light at the end of e tunnel.”

Residents and staff members will receive a second dose of the vaccine three weeks from now. Navarre said she is awaiting for notification as to when the vaccine will be available for the rest of the Amsterdam’s residents, which includes 300 seniors who live independently in the Amsterdam community.

“Everyone here wants get back to life before Covid-19. This is an important step in the right direction,” said Navarre.

CVS workers will begin administering the shots at 9.am.


This article originally appeared on the Port Washington Patch