COVID-19, Vaccinations and the Safety of Our Community

Jan 18, 2021 | Community News

Alachua County, like every county across the nation, has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, thanks to a concerted partnership with hospital and health care partners, cities, private partners and the State of Florida, great strides are being made to quickly and efficiently provide vaccinations for members of our community.

“Our state has determined that persons 65 years of age and older, as well as health care professionals with direct patient contact, are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Alachua County,” says Wayne Vinson, Sales Leader at The Village at Gainesville, a senior living rental community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory support. “The Village at Gainesville was one of the first senior living communities in Florida to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All residents and staff members are currently in the process of receiving the two-step vaccine.”

The COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full efficacy. Per guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible, although the second dose may be scheduled for administration up to six weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

“We will continue to do due diligence for our community members and ensure that our community has the option to become completely vaccinated in line with the CDC guidelines,” says Wayne.

Current Safety Precautions for The Village at Gainesville

The Village has been following safety precautions throughout the pandemic in order to protect the health and safety of residents and those who work here. The following precautions are still in place to help reduce risk as our community becomes vaccinated. 

Re-entry plans for the community are still underway and will be communicated as they update or change. All high-risk activities have been halted at the community, but low-risk activities that include social distancing guidelines are currently allowed. In-person dining has started back up for our independent living residents (as we follow sanitary protocols and physical distancing), while meal delivery remains in place for other residents.

Until it is deemed safe, everyone is continuing to wear masks and following appropriate social distancing guidelines. Our residents are strongly encouraged not to leave the community unless necessary, and all individuals entering our community are being screened for COVID-19.

Residents are allowed to have visitors of two or less at a time. Visitors must follow all of our protocols and can only visit in resident apartment homes or outdoors. Every visitor is screened before entering the community.

We Continue to Monitor the Situation

The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to us. As the vaccine rollout continues and we see what 2021 has in store, our leadership will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines set by the CDC and the Governor’s Task Force.

“We strive to make The Village at Gainesville the safest place our residents can be,” says Wayne. “By providing a secure environment and assisting residents by taking care of tasks and chores, we are able to reduce the risk of infection and provide the safest lifestyle possible.”

For more information about our coronavirus updates and protocols, please visit our website.

A Legacy of Living Well

If you want the very best for your parent or loved one, consider The Village at Gainesville, a senior living rental community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory support. Contact us online or call us at 352-548-3507 o learn more about our variety of residential options.