COVID-19 Vaccine (12.30.2020)
The first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics will take place at both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s on Monday, January 4, 2021. The vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be distributed approximately 21 days after the first dose.
The CDC recommends that residents of long-term care facilities are offered the COVID-19 vaccine along with their health-care team members in the initial phase of the vaccination program. The vaccine will be distributed free of charge and with informed consent to our residents and staff.
We strongly encourage all residents and staff give consent to receive the vaccine given the danger that COVID-19 poses. Long-term care residents and staff are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, especially when the virus is spreading in the surrounding community. The more residents and staff that are vaccinated, the better we can protect our community against potential outbreaks and safe lives.
The vaccine is an important step in helping to combat COVID-19. Even after the vaccine is administered, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask and other personal protective equipment, practicing proper hand hygiene, social distancing, and continued testing.
The federal government has contracted with CVS and Walgreens to distribute the vaccine to long-term care facilities via on-site clinics to vaccinate residents and staff. Peace Care St. Ann’s is partnering with Walgreens and Peace Care St. Joseph’s is partnering with CVS. Refer to the information below on specific information pertinent to each home.
Peace Care St. Ann’s
In partnership with Walgreens, residents and staff will receive the first of two COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday, January 4, 2021, beginning at 10 a.m. at Peace Care St. Ann’s. Walgreens personnel will administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. We encourage you to read the EUA Fact Sheet to learn more about the vaccine.
Visit Walgreens to learn more about the process and what to expect with regard to the vaccine.
Peace Care St. Joseph’s
In partnership with CVS, residents and staff will receive the first of two doses beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021, at Peace Care St. Joseph’s. The second dose will be administered on Monday, January 25, 2021. CVS Health has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 website that offers detailed information about the vaccine, on-site COVID-19 vaccine programs, consent information, and general FAQs. Visit CVS Health to learn more.
Outbreak Response Plan
Per the reopening guidance provided by the NJ Department of Health, Peace Care has prepared a Peace Care 2020 COVID 19 Outbreak Plan (10.19.2020). This is the first step toward progressing from Phase 0 to Phase 1 of our Reopening Plan. Please click on the above link to read the plan in its entirety. This document will be updated in the coming weeks and implementation will be announced on our website, via emails to all current families, and other methods. Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding, and support!
With the safety of our residents and staff as our top priority, Peace Care remains vigilant in protecting the vulnerable population that we serve. We continue to implement all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), and local government guidelines, recommendations, and protocols pertaining to COVID-19.
We are welcoming new admissions at both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s. All new admissions will spend 14 days in our Observation Unit before transferring to the appropriate unit.
Outpatient Rehab at Peace Care St. Ann’s
Our Outpatient Rehab at Peace Care St. Ann’s is fully open and functional. Our interdisciplinary team provides physical, occupational, and speech therapies seven days a week. We also provide transportation service to patients within 10 miles of our location (198 Old Bergen Road in Jersey City). For more information or to schedule a tour please call 201.433.0950 extension 566.
Residents, patients, and staff continue to be tested at least weekly. In some cases, we may choose to test more frequently. Any current resident that needs to leave Peace Care St. Ann’s or Peace Care St. Joseph’s for a medical appointment or procedure will be tested upon his/her return. Further, they will be monitored and placed under observation in the designated cluster for 14 days, and then transferred to their regular floor once cleared by the clinical team.
Observation and Isolation Clusters
We have created separate Observation and Isolation Clusters, each with their own designated and exclusive staff and equipment (med carts, meal deliveries, etc.). These separate and specific clusters are accessible via a special entryway. We are closely monitoring staff with daily screenings, including temperature checks. All staff is using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Below are a few ways you can assist Peace Care, our residents, and the community at large.
DONATE TO OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
Thank you to all who have answered our call for help. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc in our communities and around the world, our staff and our funds are being stretched like never before. If you are interested in providing assistance, please consider contributing to our Peace Care Emergency Response Fund. For more information, please visit our Become a Donor page or contact email@example.com.
DONATE MEALS AND NON-PERISHABLE GOODS
To help our employees as they care for the most vulnerable population, we are asking you to donate meals or non-perishable goods (i.e., cereal, protein bars, and other nutritional snacks) and baby wipes for our employee pantry. We are so grateful for the countless meals that have been sent to us. The snacks go a very long way in sustaining our staff around the clock! If you are able to donate any of these items or have contacts with companies that may be able to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE MORAL SUPPORT
Help us recognize and thank our #PeaceCareHeroes. Send us your photos, messages, and cards thanking our amazing employees to email@example.com. We share them throughout the buildings, on our digital screens, and social media. Tag us on Facebook and use the hashtag #PeaceCareHeroes.
Thank you in advance for supporting Peace Care’s efforts to keep our residents, patients, staff, and community protected.
We understand that communicating with your loved one is incredibly important and strongly encourage you to communicate with them via telephone, video chat, email, or social media. We have secured iPads for virtual visits with loved ones at both campuses via Google Hangout, Google Duo, and FaceTime. We are facilitating phone and video calls whenever possible. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility when we are unable to schedule a call due to staff attending to resident care.
Operational updates will continue to be provided on our website and via email. If you wish to be added to the distribution list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, if there is a change in a resident’s condition, our nursing staff will notify the responsible party as soon as possible.
It is strongly recommended that you do not deliver any care packages or other items to either Peace Care facility. Any deliveries are subject to additional screening. If your loved one must have an item, it is recommended that you send it via the U.S. Postal mail.
If you are looking for a project to undertake while you are home, cards, letters, and notes—both physical and electronic—would be most appreciated by our staff and residents. Electronic communications may be sent to email@example.com. Mailed items may be sent to:
- Peace Care St. Ann’s | 198 Old Bergen Road | Jersey City, NJ 07305
- Peace Care St. Joseph’s | 537 Pavonia Avenue | Jersey City, NJ 07306
ADULT MEDICAL DAY CARE
Peace Care St. Ann’s Adult Medical Day Care remains closed until further notice. Our amazing AMDC staff stays in daily contact with our clients by delivering meals and checking in on them via phone. Telehealth calls are conducted on an as-needed basis.
Meal service times may be adjusted to accommodate all of our residents.
All personal laundry will be done by each respective Peace Care facility until further notice.
Thank you for your cooperation and for supporting our efforts to keep the risk of viral infections low for all those entrusted to our care, and the many Peace Care team members who are committed to delivering quality care to them each and every day.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers.