We are closing the books on what—for most of us—has been the most unique year of our lives. While the challenges we currently face do not magically vanish just because of a date on the calendar, there is reason to hope that 2021 will see a dramatic turnaround for the Covid-19 pandemic, largely due to the release of vaccines from multiple manufacturers.
We are highly recommending the vaccine and are providing information from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health. Click the links below for more information:
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs (IDPH):
Benefits of COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC): https://bit.ly/3928S1R
Facts About COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC): https://bit.ly/2KL7t7q
Eight Things to Know About the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program (CDC):
The Covid vaccine is still very new. At this time there are still more questions than answers. However, we felt it important to give you what information we do have, and the role we anticipate it will play in the coming year at Cornerstone. Here are responses to some questions we expect many of you have.
Will my loved one receive the vaccine?
Guardians and individuals will need to make their own decisions regarding the vaccine. However, group home residents and staff are a priority in the state’s vaccination plan. Please let your case manager know that you want your loved one to receive the vaccine if you have not already indicated so.
When will Cornerstone receive the vaccine? We are in coordination with health department officials on our supply needs for the vaccine, and we have submitted information for each group home resident. As more information becomes available on the distribution plan we will share those details.
Will Cornerstone staff be required to received the vaccine?
We are providing information to staff and are strongly encouraging staff to consider taking the vaccine. Staff will make their own individual decisions.
Due to ongoing circumstances, day programs will remain closed until further notice. Residents will continue to have at-home activities and expanding opportunities for virtual programming. The coronavirus has been exceptionally challenging for people with disabilities. When it is safe, we expect to fully open our day programs and resume much more familiar activities.
In the meantime, we hope that you and your family have a safe, and happy New Year.