Oregon-based Consonus Pharmacy dispensed the new COVID-19 vaccine to a Portland-area senior living facility Monday, Dec. 21.
Consonus Pharmacy is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. The partnership program offers on-site vaccinations to nursing home and assisted living facility residents.
Staff and residents at long-term care facilities were slated to be second in line to receive the first allotments of the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, following the inoculation of frontline health care workers.
Elderly residents at care facilities are part of a high-risk population for contracting and dying from the COVID-19 virus.
The Portland-area senior living facility, operated by Marquis Companies, received its allocation Monday as part of the statewide kick-off, according to the pharmacy company. Residents and staff stepped into an RV to receive their shots on site.
"It's hard to articulate the feeling for us today, seeing this extraordinary effort come to fruition," Phil Fogg Jr., president and CEO of Marquis Companies and the vice-chair of the American Health Care Association, said via press release Monday. "The senior living community, which includes all of the tireless frontline health care workers in facilities, have been anticipating and diligently planning for the vaccine's arrival for many months. And while we recognize this is the first step in a long process, we congratulate Governor Kate Brown for her tenacity in bringing the vaccine to Oregon."
The vaccine was first administered at a Marquis Companies facility to a Pearl Harbor veteran, Ed Johann, followed by nurse Anthony Benthin, Consonus noted. Everyone in the facility was slated to receive a vaccine Mond
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