Almonte Country Haven residents receive first dose of Moderna vaccine

A team effort from residents, staff and the public health unit helped make Jan. 28 vaccination clinic a success

All residents of Almonte Country Haven have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine to help protect them against the COVID-19 virus.

On Jan. 28, an immunization team from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was at the Lanark County long-term care home to administer the vaccine, which is given in two doses.

Carolyn Della Foresta, Almonte Country Haven’s administrator, says four of the home’s nurses helped the public health unit team vaccinate residents.

After each resident received the vaccination, they were given a special badge to wear that read, “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine,” and were then brought to the front of the home where a public health unit nurse was standing by to ensure they were experiencing no side effects.

“It was all hands on deck and all of our staff were involved in supporting the recommended half-hour observation period to ensure that any possible reaction was swiftly identified and dealt with,” Carolyn said in a Jan. 28 e-mail.

“Thankfully, all of our residents tolerated the injection well, and then everyone enjoyed a lovely lunch following.”

After the residents were vaccinated, Almonte Country Haven team members monitored everyone for “even the slightest change in status” to add an extra layer of safety, Carolyn says, adding all staff members from every department are trained and instructed on the importance of close observation of residents.

Carolyn also commended the teamwork shown by residents, Almonte Country Haven staff and members of the public health unit’s vaccination team that ensured the day’s success.

“I would like to offer a huge shout of congratulations and thanks to our residents, our Haven staff and our partners at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit,” Carolyn said.

“Today was yet another emotional day on our journey of healing, and it wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support.”

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