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Tigard senior community shows up for protection from COVID-19, executive director credits Tigard mayor for helping out

PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Helen Buck receives her COVID-19 shot from a Safeway pharmacist Tuesday morning at Summerfield Estates Retirement Community.Kevin Stadelman, executive director of Tigard's Summerfield Estates Retirement Community, said he did everything he could over the last few months to ensure that residents and staff would soon receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

That included two promises of dates certain in February where the community's 152 residents, 30 caregivers and 32 employees would all receive the much-sought-after inoculations.

When those days came and went, Stadelman sent off a flurry of emails and letters to state and local officials, including Gov. Kate Brown's office. Long story short, Stadelman also got in touch with Tigard Mayor Jason Snider, who was incredulous that he the independent living community was having so much trouble getting a hold of the vaccinations.

After a final call to the mayor's office, Stadelman received a call from Albertson's the next day saying they could provide Pfizer vaccines on Tuesday, March 16.PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Paula Eatman, 74, was set to get her shot Tuesday afternoon along with her son Stephen Eatman, who is vice president of sales and marketing with Sunshine Retirement Living, which operates the facility.

"He helped us tremendously," Stadelman said of Snider. "We were banging our heads against the wall."

For 93-year-old Helen Buck, her Tuesday morning vaccine was a breeze.

"You couldn't hardly feel it at all," she said. She's happy to have the protection against the virus, adding, "I hate hospitals."

A staff member who received the shot Tuesday was executive chef Robert Parker. He said it felt like a normal flu shot and that 90% of the staff at Summerfield Estates were set up to receive the vaccine.

Parker said he got the shot to show everyone in the kitchen how important it is to be protected against COVID-19.PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Robert Parker, executive chief at Summerfield Estates Retirement Community, receives his COVID-19 shot Tuesday morning at Summerfield Estates Retirement Center.

Another Summerfield Estates resident, Paula Eatman, 74, was set to get her shot Tuesday afternoon, along with her son Stephen Eatman — vice president of sales and marketing with Sunshine Retirement Living, which operates the facility.PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Kevin Stadelman, executive director of Tigards Summerfield Estates Retirement Community, said it took some doing to finally get COVID-19 vaccinations for the facility.

While Paula Eatman said while she wasn't necessarily excited to get a shot, she was happy it would "give freedom to go back out into the world." She said the retirement community she previously lived in in California has been calling her at her Oregon residence, telling her it was time to set up a time to get the vaccine.

While Stephen Eatman said he could have gone to another location to get the shot, "I wanted to make sure we got it together," he explained.PMG PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Pfizer vaccines were ready to be distributed Tuesday to residents at Summerfield Estates Retirement Community.


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