The Silverado Berkeley Memory Care Community received the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine after a monthslong struggle against the coronavirus, as first reported by Berkeleyside.
The vaccine arrived at the institution, which provides assisted living to those who are memory-impaired, after a post-Thanksgiving outbreak that afflicted numerous residents.
According to Silverado’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jeff Frum, there have been 54 cases of COVID-19 among residents since early December.
According to Frum, 14 of these residents have died due to COVID-19 complications. He added that most residents choose to live the remainder of their lives at Silverado Berkeley after being diagnosed with dementia. A majority of people who passed away were in hospice and dealing with declining health prior to contracting the COVID-19 virus.
“We are humbled by our nurses and caregivers’ professionalism in showing compassion to our residents and their families as they work tirelessly to serve, every day, during this pandemic,” Frum previously told The Daily Californian in an email.
Silverado Berkeley worked with CVS Pharmacy to provide residents and associates with the first dose of the vaccine Jan. 20, Frum said. A second vaccine clinic held by CVS is scheduled to be for Feb. 11, and a third is scheduled for March 4.
According to the state government’s COVID-19 website, California is distributing the vaccine in allotted phases. Phase 1a, which is in progress, includes health care workers and those who are in long-term care facilities. The associates and residents at Silverado Berkeley fall under this classification.
“There was a lot of positive emotion and celebration during the vaccine clinic last week,” Frum said in another email. “Everyone is exceptionally hopeful this vaccine will deliver a significant blow in defeating this virus.”
Frum added that after a second round of testing, all residents and employees at Silverado Berkeley have received negative test results. The Department of Public Health and Department of Social Services have both officially cleared Silverado Berkeley from its outbreak status as of Tuesday, he said.
Echa Schneider, Berkeley digital communications coordinator, previously told the Daily Cal that the city has been working with local care homes throughout the pandemic.
“The city is aware of the outbreak at Silverado Memory Care and is working closely with the facility,” Schneider previously told the Daily Cal in an email. “Public Health has collaborated closely with all skilled nursing facilities within Berkeley throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.”
To prevent further spread throughout the community, the city recommends residents wash their hands and wear a mask, Schneider added. Residents should also practice social distancing and avoid gatherings beyond their residential grouping.