COVID-19 vaccine comes to nursing homes in 3 stages starting Dec. 21

Berkeley Brean
Updated: December 14, 2020 08:57 PM
Created: December 14, 2020 06:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The very first COVID-19 vaccine was administered to an ICU nurse in Queens on Monday. News10NBC is trying to find answers as to when the vaccine will arrive in hospitals and nursing homes in the Rochester area.

We know the vaccine arrives and the shots happen at nursing homes in three stages starting next week—a glimmer of hope for the families of residents who have struggled all year.

Claire Gnazzo, son at Monroe Community Hospital: "I’m 83 years old and I keep saying, please God don’t take me before I can see him again."

Eight years ago, Gnazzo's son was seriously hurt in a car accident. For eight years he’s lived at Monroe Community Hospital (MCH).

Gnazzo moved to Rochester to be near him and help him. She's seen him in-person twice since March.

Brean: "Has the nursing home told you anything about how the vaccine is going to get distributed to residents like your son?"

Gnazzo: "No, we have not heard anything about that."

Laurie Mault’s son lives at MCH too. He was born with Spina bifida.

Both she and Gnazzo want their sons to get the vaccine.

Laurie Mault, son at Monroe Community Hospital: "I would like him to (get it.) I would like the staff to get it first because they're the ones bringing it into the residents."

On Monday, I contacted half a dozen nursing homes asking what the plan to vaccinate is.

Most said they’re working on it.

Click here to see the answer from Monroe Community Hospital.

So I went to the state association of nursing homes and learned a lot more there.

The association president, Stephen Hanse, says under a federal plan CVS, Walgreens, and the nursing home’s preferred pharmacy will visit nursing homes three times starting Dec. 21.

Stephen Hanse, CEO and President NYS Health Facilities Association: "The first date, they'll come in, they'll do staff and residents. The second visit, which will occur in January. So they'll come in that second day provide the second inoculation to folks who received it the first time and then provide the vaccination to individuals who were not present for the first visit."

The third visit is in February for another second round of shots.

Brean: "Do you think the vaccine is your ticket back to seeing your son?"

Laurie Mault, son at Monroe Community Hospital: "It's a start."

Hurlbut Care communities own several nursing homes.

Their PR agent told me families will get a letter Tuesday or Wednesday with information on the first day of vaccination.

The nursing promised to share the letter after the families get it.

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