Welcoming in the New Year With a Refreshing Change!

2020 has come to an end and we can now reflect on the most unusual times in our world.  Covid has been a significant part of our lives for about 10 months – it’s the new normal as they say. Nothing is “normal” about this pandemic.  Many have lost loved ones; weddings postponed; managing working from home along with homeschooling has certainly made teachers more appreciated; unable to visit loved ones and give hugs; no handshakes to seal a deal; vacations cancelled; restaurants closed; church doors closed; holiday time rearranged; and the list goes on and on.

Going into 2021 we are excited for change – a refreshing change.  With the Covid vaccine in distribution, things are looking up.  If you haven’t done your research on the vaccines, below are “need to know” statements from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) regarding the vaccine:

– COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.  Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease.

– There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.  The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once the vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

 

– After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

 

– Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot.

 

– COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.  It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

 

BLC is here to help and will assist you with any questions you may have about vaccines.  We stand behind getting vaccinated in order to keep our residents and staff safe and well.  Please think and pray about the decision on getting the vaccine and do your research.

 

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year 2021!

 

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