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Ninety percent of assisted living, memory care residents at The Springs Living at Carman Oaks were vaccinated Jan. 4.

COURTESY PHOTO: THE SPRINGS LIVING - Life Enrichment Coordinator Angela Lambert is being vaccinated by The Springs Living Regional Registered Nurse Brennon Hand.The Springs Living reached a huge milestone this week amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility officially rolled out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to staff and residents Monday, Jan. 4.

Balloons, foam fingers and a sense of relief flooded the vaccination area as 90% of assisted living and memory care residents and 77% of staff — with 10% more signed up — received their first COVID-19 vaccination at The Springs at Carman Oaks. The vaccine requires two doses, which are to be taken 21 days apart.

"We had really, really good results," The Springs Living Founder and CEO Fee Stubblefield said. "It went really well and was extremely organized and very efficient."

The Springs kicked off the vaccination rollout with The Springs at Carman Oaks facility Monday, Jan. 4. The Springs at Lake Oswego had its first clinic scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 6.

"The governor's office and Oregon Healthcare Association have been really great in helping with this process, helping smooth out a lot of the challenges that come with all the mandates from the federal government," said Stubblefield, adding that independent living residents aren't yet allowed to receive a vaccination along with assisted living residents yet, though he thinks that may change.

Stubblefield was at Monday's clinic, watching residents and staff be vaccinated.

"It's palpable, the emotion when people get vaccinated," he said.

Angela Lambert, life enrichment coordinator at The Springs at Carman Oaks, said she felt the stress melt away as she got the vaccine. It was also her birthday.

"I was the very first one right after the first resident who got his," Lambert said. "It was faster than the flu shot and it actually felt better than the flu shot. My arm didn't really hurt after and it went very smoothly."

Lambert said she hasn't experienced any bad side effects.COURTESY PHOTO: THE SPRINGS LIVING - Don Scattarella was the first resident at The Springs at Carman Oaks to be vaccinated.

"I think people should do it to help other communities out there so we don't spread COVID," Lambert said. "Once I got the vaccine I felt I could actually relax and be with my residents and help them as best as I can now that I don't have to stress about bringing in COVID."

While Stubblefield said the vaccine is a free choice and cannot be mandated, he is proud of the high turnout of people at the Carman Oaks location who have opted for the Pfizer vaccine, and he hasn't heard of any adverse reactions.

"This is more of an encouragement and education process but we do not require anyone to get the vaccine," Stubblefield said. "[It] will take a while for all of this to sink in, but it's the start."


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