As I’m sure you are aware, the first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Currently, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent Clinical Advisory Task Force. New York State expects to receive further doses of the Pfizer vaccine this month. Also, Moderna is expected to receive authorization and that will include another 360,000 doses scheduled to be distributed to NYS.
In preparation of the vaccine being made available to those we support we are proactively gathering vital information. Each person eligible for the vaccination will need to consent to being vaccinated. Consent forms have been prepared by the Department of Health (DOH) and attached you will find the DOH COVID-19 Immunization Screening and Consent Form for your review. We require your support to obtain consent for your loved ones to receive the vaccination once we are able to proceed and ask that you return the documents as quickly as possible.
Please sign the Consent section of the form (second page) and mail back to 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road Old Bethpage, NY 11804 or you can scan to this e-mail Covid-19VaccineTaskForce@familyres.org.
There are still a number of steps we must take before moving into the complete implementation phase of the vaccination administration, however, we are proactively preparing to ensure optimal results.
Recent guidance from OPWDD about COVID vaccine distribution please see below for the critical information we learned!
As we learn more we will keep you informed.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) remained committed to providing the highest quality of supports and services. We have been responding to the pandemic since the beginning. Click here to see how our response has been evolving since March 2020.