COVID-19 Vaccine Information
When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available to Regency employees and residents?
Although we have not been given a date as to when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to Regency employees and residents, we know the vaccine will be administered according to the federal government’s carefully planned priority list, which Regency is thrilled to be a part of. We are committed to regularly communicating with our residents, families and employees as we learn more.
Will the vaccine be offered at each Regency campus?
Yes. Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy have partnered with the CDC to provide on-site vaccinations to our RCAC residents and employees.
There are currently two vaccines that have been authorized for use by the US Food and Drug Administration. Which one will be offered to Regency employees and residents?
Regency residents will be offered the Moderna vaccine.
Is the vaccine safe?
The vaccines available have been deemed safe and effective by the FDA and are being held to the same rigorous safety and effectiveness standards as all other vaccines in the U.S. COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you the virus and will not alter your DNA.
Isn’t it better to get immunity from actually having COVID-19 than it is to get immunity from a vaccine?
No. The CDC says getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the safer choice. While scientists are still learning more about the virus, the current advice is that COVID-19 has caused serious illness and death for many, many people and if you get it, you also risk giving it to your loved ones, who may get very sick.
What are the side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?
Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated, according to the CDC. Note that your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It’s working and building up protection against disease.
Is it true you need two doses of the vaccine?
Yes. Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines being studied in the U.S. require two shots. The first one starts building protection, but everyone will have to have a second one a few weeks later to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.
Will employees and residents be required to get the vaccine?
No. We cannot force anyone to receive the vaccine. However, we strongly encourage everyone that is authorized to receive the vaccine.
Can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others after I have been vaccinated?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Who is paying for the vaccine?
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.