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Residents at local senior living facility vaccinated after long wait

Belmont Village Senior Living residents and staff welcome "gift" of COVID vaccines
Posted at 9:39 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 22:39:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said the effort to give first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and those who live in skilled nursing home facilities is pretty much complete.

Now the effort is underway in assisted living facilities.

Pharmacists from Walgreens were on hand this week to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents and employees of Belmont Village Senior Living. A representative said 96% of residents and 60% of employees were vaccinated.

They say implementing an education campaign within the facility early on was important to the event's success. "We started talking about this really early, as soon as we knew the vaccine was approved. We went through a lot of education, we've had a lot of small group kind of town hall meetings, Zoom meetings," said Senior Vice President of Clinical Services of Belmont Village Senior Living, Sheri Easton-Garrett.

Belmont Village will host two more vaccination clinics- one in February and one in March.