COVID-19 vaccinations bring ‘excitement and a relief’ to Springdale

Springdale Country Manor residents have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine and they are scheduled to have their booster immunization today (March 2).

All the residents of the Peterborough County long-term care home who were vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus provided the necessary consent. There were two residents who declined the vaccination.

Additionally, 11 Springdale staff members were immunized. Springdale staff members have also received the vaccine through a clinic offered at Peterborough Regional Health Centre that is immunizing long-term-home employees, essential caregivers, paramedics and high-risk hospital workers.

With almost all residents and many staff members now vaccinated, Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney says everyone has become more positive about life getting back to being at least a little more normal in the coming months.

While Sonia says safety restrictions will continue to be in place for the foreseeable future, there is a feeling of hopefulness amongst residents and staff members.

“There’s an excitement and a relief,” Sonia tells The OMNIway. “We have kept everybody safe; we have not had COVID in the home and we want to keep it that way.”

The Government of Ontario says on its website that vaccinations will be crucial to curbing COVID-19 infection.

“(Vaccines) will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life,” the website states.

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.”

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