Residents at Rome Memorial receive COVID vaccine

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Nursing home resident Philip Murphy beat COVID twice and wasn’t taking any more chances. He was the first resident vaccinated at Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) Wednesday.

The RHCF partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to administer the federally-approved Pfizer vaccine to its residents and staff based upon the safety and effectiveness demonstrated in clinical trials, the hospital announced on Thursday.  

Nearly 85% of the residents chose to be vaccinated, according to Administrator Anthony Joseph. “For our residents, the vaccine has greater value than simply protecting them from the risks of this deadly virus.The vaccine provides the promise of seeing their loved ones face to face again,” he said. Currently, in-person visitation has to be suspended any time a resident or staff member tests positive to protect the residents and staff and limit transmission. Walgreens will return in three weeks to administer the second dose to the residents and staff, officials said.

Located on the third floor of Rome Memorial Hospital, the 80-bed Residential Health Care Facility provides long-term care, short-term rehab, and respite care with unsurpassed quality and compassion. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the RHCF earned the highest rating as a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report for short-term rehab for the second consecutive year, the hospital announcement added. 

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