Late last week, Governor Parson made an announcement updating Missourians on the phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. In this announcement, Parson stated Phase 1B Tier 1 was actively underway. This means that all staff of Easterseals Midwest, including admin, are now approved to be vaccinated.
Easterseals is committed to directing you to the resources you need to get vaccinated. COVID vaccinations will either be provided at one of our office locations throughout the state, or we will direct you to a location. You will receive more information from your director about when and where to receive the vaccine as it comes available. We are prioritizing DSP first, but no matter your role at Easterseals don’t wait if you have the chance to get the vaccine from another source earlier.
Many of you may now be asking about the people we support.
The people with disabilities we support are considered Tier 2 of Phase B. As providers, we should be receiving vaccination directions for the people we support within the next coming weeks. We will keep you updated as we know more.
Just as we are committed to accessibility to the vaccine for staff members, we share this same commitment to accessibility for the people we support. For those individuals who chose to get vaccinated, we will be working closely with community partners to administer vaccinations in a timely, efficient manner.
As you prepare to receive your vaccine, we also want to share a bit more information with you about the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. You’ve most likely had many vaccines in your life to protect you from diseases like the flu, chickenpox, and tetanus to name a few. Most of the vaccines we’ve received came during our childhood and required both an initial shot and a booster shot. This same two-shot method will be used to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s vitally important that both shots are received in order for it to be effective.
According to the manufactures of the vaccine and the CDC, upon receiving the vaccine, your arm might be sore for a couple of days and you may experience being tired– much like a flu shot. It takes time for the vaccine to build up in your body and may take up to two months to start providing protection.
For more detailed information, I recommend this website: Covid Vaccine | Facts (mo.gov).
In the meantime, we all must keep wearing masks and practicing social distancing. The CDC, state, and local health departments will tell us when it is safe to be in public without a mask. This will most likely take some time.
Finally, it is your choice if you want to get the vaccine or not. While we hope you will, it is ultimately your choice to make.
Please take moment to view this video, in which Dr. Kimberly Thomas explains the COVID-19 vaccination further.
A member of your leadership team will provide more information with you as soon as it comes available, in the meantime please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Stay healthy and safe,
Chief Executive Officer