Brookdale Issues Statement on Booster Shots
Following yesterday’s CDC announcement of expanded eligibility for Covid-19 booster shots, Brookdale Senior Living President & CEO Lucinda “Cindy” Baier issued the following statement: “Our leading Brookdale clinical team is working around the clock, planning our ongoing booster clinics offering the Pfizer booster shot, and they are already working with pharmacy partners to host clinics offering Moderna booster shots. Our ability to take swift action and make our residents a priority is one of the many ways our scale benefits Brookdale residents. As the largest provider of senior living, we’re able to get booster clinics ready in days, not months. We strive to remove obstacles that stand between us and our ability to help protect our residents and associates. That’s the Brookdale difference.”
Brookdale rolled out vaccination clinics in December. During the three-month period when the clinics were in operation, more than 125,000 vaccine doses were administered to residents and associates of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19. Vaccines were administered as part of a three-phased approach that helped ensure that each vaccine recipient received the second shot within a month of the first.
Brookdale has had its booster plan in place, anticipating the CDC’s booster recommendation for those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and who are over the age of 65, over 18 and living in a long-term care community or over 18 who work in healthcare settings.
“Evidence shows that vaccines are the best, proven protection in our arsenal to help fight COVID-19,” said Kim Elliott, RN, SVP and Chief Nursing Officer of Brookdale Senior Living. “That’s why as soon as we received the green light for booster shots, we began putting our plans into action and getting booster shots where they needed to go. We had our booster clinics offering the Pfizer booster in days, and I feel confident that clinics offering the Moderna booster will be no different.”