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  • Leading by Example on COVID-19 Vaccine

    In January, Community Care’s medical director, Rakhshinda Almas, MD, completed her COVID-19 vaccine series, becoming the first member of our staff to do so. Dr. Almas chose to share her story about getting vaccinated to encourage others to do the same

    From Dr. Almas: As we start the new year, I wanted to share my experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine, in hopes that it would inspire you all to do likewise. I got the vaccine because I care not only about our members and co-workers, but also about my family’s health and mine. I want to keep everyone safe from COVID-19, as I know you do, too.

    The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help stop the spread of coronavirus and end this pandemic.

    I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on December 17. I barely felt the injection and had no immediate side effects. The next day when I woke up, I noticed some soreness at the injection site and some stiffness of the upper arm. This was not any different from the minor side effects that I noticed with the flu vaccine, which I received earlier this year. I noticed some minor body aches, but nothing that prevented me from carrying out my daily activities. A dose of acetaminophen did wonders.

    On January 5, I received my second dose, again with no additional side effects.

    I understand you may have questions about the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are held to the same safety standards as all other vaccines. You may experience some side effects, but those are normal signs your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain at the injection site, fever, and chills. These side effects tend to be mild to moderate and go away on their own within 1 to 2 days.

    After vaccination, everyone should continue to follow all the current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, following facility guidance on visitation and infection control, and cleaning hands often.

    After I received the vaccination, I enrolled in the V-safe program and I encourage you to do the same if you have a smart phone. V-safe is a tool you can use to tell the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. I got a message daily from V-safe to check if I was having any side effects for the first few days and weekly afterwards. If you report serious side effects, someone from the CDC will follow up with you.

    By getting vaccinated, you can serve as a role model in your community and can positively influence vaccination decisions of coworkers, residents, friends, and family. I want you to feel confident in your decision to get vaccinated.

    If you would like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Vaccine information for Family Care participants and their caregivers

    Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) Living Well project has created some plain language information about how paid and unpaid caregivers can get the COVID vaccine. They include when, where and how people in long-term care programs and their paid and unpaid supporters can get the vaccine.

  • Community Care Begins COVID Vaccination Effort

    On January 13, Community Care hosted the first of three COVID-19 vaccine clinics for front-line employees. Over the course of three days, approximately 50 employees received the first dose of their vaccine. Like everyone else, we are cautiously optimistic that this will help bring an end to the pandemic.

    Community Care is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on vaccinating individuals who are considered at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19, which includes our employees who have direct contact with members.

    While Community Care is not requiring employees to get the vaccine, we are strongly encouraging everyone to do so. Our goal is to make the vaccine available to every employee who wants to get it.

    Our marketing and outreach specialist Tyler Kroll was on hand at our first COVID-19 vaccine clinic and produced this short video to document the occasion. 

  • Community Care, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of Offering the PACE Program

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Care cancelled plans to host an in-person anniversary celebration. Instead, employees were solicited for short video messages that were turned into a high-tech anniversary card.

     

  • Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Munson, Sends "Thank You" Video Message to All Community Care Employees

    These are extraordinary times. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of dedicated people who continue to care for our members, in the face of this public health crisis. Watch Kenneth's message below:

     

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