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WindsorMeade begins COVID-19 vaccination of residents and staff

A staff member of WindsorMeade receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. (WYDaily/Courtesy of WindsorMeade)
A staff member of WindsorMeade receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. (WYDaily/Courtesy of WindsorMeade)

On Wednesday, both residents and team members at WindsorMeade, an active senior living retirement community in Williamsburg, received doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccination process began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning with Walgreens coordinating, scheduling, and administering the vaccine on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health, according to a news release from WindsorMeade.

“It will take three visits to vaccinate those among the community who provided consent to be immunized, starting with the two-dose process and a third visit for anyone who was missed,” WindsorMeade Executive Director Marilyn Gray said in a statement from the news release. “Our team members and residents are all very excited to start this process.”

“We’ve had a resoundingly positive response from everyone involved,” Gray said.

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According to the news release, WindsorMeade is hopeful the vaccine administration will increase the possibility of reunions among residents and their families. However, residents and staff will continue taking preventative measures and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines — including wearing “appropriate” personal protective equipment, screening staff, physically distancing, and restricting visitation to the community.

WindsorMeade is operated by Pinnacle Living, a not-for-profit provider of retirement living in Virginia.

According to the news release, Pinnacle Living is currently not requiring team members or residents to get the vaccine, but they are strongly encouraging everyone to receive the vaccine.

“Windsor Meade and Pinnacle Living are actively monitoring the evolving situation and will adapt their protocols as they see fit to protect our community,” Gray said. “This is the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and we all must do our part.”

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