It is amazing how during COVID-19 things feel like a time warp – the days are lengthy but the year is brief! Same goes for the feeling associated with activity, with almost everyone working at home, things feel quiet whenever in reality things are humming for us at IOA – including vaccinations.
How we got the shot:
We were fortunate enough to be one of many agencies within San Francisco to be able to vaccinate staff members. The San Francisco Department associated with Public Health (SFDPH) approached us in January, educating us that we had been recognized as a prioritized agency just for vaccination and San Francisco dependent staff were eligible for vaccination. You can imagine, we were happy to listen to the news. Our mission associated with helping aging adults plus adults living with disabilities age group in the place they contact home is near plus dear to our hearts, plus our staff work unceasingly for our clients. Especially throughout COVID-19, when staff have experienced to pivot from ending up in clients in their homes plus building a relationship with them personally to having more phone plus video calls. This modify has made their work harder, but our staff persevered and built new methods to connect with those who are even more housebound than ever before.
Dealing with a partner agency to administer the particular vaccine, we are happy to statement that our San Francisco based house care aides, client dealing with staff, operationally critical personnel, and employees 65+ years of age have been vaccinated. (Last dosage will be administered this week. ) This is a big win for several reasons, while our present remote practices will remain in position, staff who must notice clients can rest just a little easier knowing they will not agreement the virus and are less likely in order to spread the virus to other people. Our stringent PPE methods will remain as they are plus in-person meetings will still be kept only when absolutely necessary, but this gives a sense of relief to our employees. Serving those who are most susceptible to COVID-19 has been an prize and we are so proud that we get made life a little simpler for our clients during these amazing times.
It’ s not just staff:
We are also therefore happy to announce that we have started to get our clients vaccinated as well. Working with our SPEED partner, we have been able to start vaccinating IOA PACE customers with SFDPH designated vaccines. Administering 20 vaccines each day, thus far we have been able to vaccinate 200 of our vulnerable customers!
We know that this particular pandemic has been extremely challenging for everyone, but more so for your people we serve plus their families. With the closure of our own day centers, families possess felt the strain of a dropped resource and our ageing adults have missed their particular social connections. We try to be, now and in the near future, a safe haven for the clients and their families. All of us see these vaccinations, just for staff and clients, because the first step toward a global where our day facilities are reopened and family members and clients can depend on IOA for enrichment plus respite once again.
We will continue on:
IOA has grown well above just the San Francisco footprint and are working hard to get personnel across California vaccinated. To be sure, vaccine regulations vary region by county and we will work with our various partners plus Departments of Public Wellness across California to get our client facing staff vaccinated. We look forward to the day that people can report to you – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
In the meantime, we will keep the work from home policies, our stringent PPE protocols, and keep our own Pandemic Planning & Methods Committee working to ensure we have been doing all we can to prevent this deadly virus through spreading.
From your bottom of our hearts, all of us thank you for all for your assistance. We look forward to sharing a lot more good news with you in the future!
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