During the past year, the top priority at all Solera Senior Living communities across the U.S. has been the health, safety and security of our residents and staff. The COVID-19 pandemic presented us with unprecedented challenges, and we are greatly appreciative for the day-to-day support and dedication shown by our residents, families and team members as they followed the protocols set forth by local, state and federal health authorities.
While so many of our residents and loved ones have patiently held off on scheduling personal visits, offsite excursions, group gatherings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and other meaningful occasions, we are optimistic at the chance to restore a sense of normalcy thanks to the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Solera is pleased to announce that we are among the first senior living communities to receive vaccination prioritization thanks to the U.S. Government’s Emergency Use Authorization of multiple COVID-19 vaccines. Additionally, in an effort to meaningfully increase safety and peace of mind, Solera has mandated that both residents and team members receive the vaccine (outside of exceptions for health or religious reasons). Solera is targeting 90 percent-plus participation, well above the industry norms of 50-60 percent.
Solera team members, as well as our assisted living and memory care residents, have already begun receiving the vaccinations in the comfort of our communities — at no cost to them. Plans for the rollout of vaccination clinics at all of our communities are well underway, and we are in continuous contact with federal health authorities and designated pharmacies to ensure a smooth rollout of the vaccinations. As part of the vaccine prioritization, all of the Solera properties had their initial clinics scheduled for January 2021 in addition to offering ongoing clinics monthly through their preferred pharmacy.
While we are elated to near this vaccination milestone, we realize the importance of maintaining our diligence in preventing COVID-19. We will continue to follow the many safety protocols in place at our communities, including the use of personal protective equipment, rigorous testing as directed by local health authorities and enhanced cleaning measures. We will, as always, follow the direction of health authorities to ensure the wellbeing of all residents and staff throughout the culmination of this pandemic.
If you have any questions regarding Solera’s COVID-19 safety, prevention and vaccination protocols, please speak with your Health and Wellness Director or your Executive Director.