Nursing homes begin COVID-19 vaccinations

Brookdale nursing home vaccinations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Just days before her 100th birthday, Miss Agnes Grainger was one of the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Brookdale senior living community in Homewood.

Brookdale got 200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Around 60 residents and additional staff got a shot in the arm including Deborah Hinton, who is the director of clinical services.

“I wanted everyone to know it was important to get one. It was painless. I’ve had no effects so far and I’m looking forward to getting my second one,” Hinton said.

Hinton says Brookdale has been planning for this day for months.

Staff threw a party of sorts making it a special day and an important one in the fight against COVID-19. We know nursing homes and senior living communities around the country have been hit hard by the virus.

“The whole industry has been through a hard time since March with illnesses and some family members losing other family members. So it’s been tough and today is a look toward the future. We don’t know what normal is going to be like going forward but this is a first step and we’re really excited about it,” Hinton said.

Getting the vaccine and showing that they are “Brookdale Strong”.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association says tens of thousands of people will get the vaccine thanks to a federal partnership that nursing homes are a part of in Alabama.

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