WesleyLife and COVID: Vaccine Update
** UPDATE **: All WesleyLife health centers are receiving shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Executive Directors in our Communities for Healthy Living are continuing to provide information to team members, residents, and family members weekly regarding the vaccine's administration.
What we know now:
- The vaccine is being offered inside our communities in two doses 21 days apart from one another. Residents in our long-term care households as well as team members who serve those households are eligible to receive the first round of vaccines, with Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Independent Living residents and other team members becoming eligible as additional doses are received.
- There is no out-of-pocket vaccination cost to residents or team members.
- We strongly encourage everyone on our campuses to be vaccinated. It will be imperative to continue to follow protocols such as mask-wearing and social distancing, but the vaccine is the most effective tool in our arsenal to assist in our plans to reopen our communities. We look forward to welcoming loved ones back to our campuses!
Please continue to do all you can to keep yourselves and others safe. If you have concerns about your loved one and/or questions about the vaccination schedule or reopening status of your loved one's community, please contact the Executive Director of that campus.
Additional vaccine-related resources are below.
Questions about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine? Join fellow LeadingAge Iowa member community Oaknoll of Iowa City for an expert panel that includes medical professionals from the University of Iowa, one of the clinical trial sites for the vaccine. The video addresses myths about the vaccine and answers frequently asked questions. View the video here.
COVID vaccine recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The importance of the COVID vaccine for healthcare workers
Why residents of long-term care communities should receive the vaccine
Please note: Due to increased need for meal delivery among members of the Greater Des Moines community, we continue to seek additional volunteer drivers for WesleyLife Meals on Wheels. Read the details.
How We Can Help You at Home
As always, through our WesleyLife at Home network of services, we offer assistance not just in our communities, but to older adults living in their houses or apartments, with relatives, or in other living arrangements. That assistance ranges from medical and non-medical home health care to hospice care, transportation, and Meals on Wheels.
Simply call Kelli or Irina at (515) 978-2777 to learn more, or to start services. And please be assured our caregivers continue to follow Centers for Disease Control recommendations regarding hygiene, health, and safety.
Community-Specific COVID-19 Updates
Brio of Johnston
Illini Restorative Care (WellSpire)
WesleyLife at Home
Westwing Place (WellSpire)