Evansville Senior Communities Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations

After two weeks of healthcare heroes getting their first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines -- it’s now time for seniors living at long care and assisted living facilities.

Posted: Dec 29, 2020 7:57 PM
Updated: Dec 30, 2020 9:22 AM

A new hope is on the horizon for residents living in long term care facilities with CVS and Walgreens working to distribute vaccines to seniors as of Monday, Dec. 28th.

At North River Health Campus, leaders are days away from finalizing plans to start immunizations of Moderna.

And for 82-year old Leon Schultheis, a resident at North River Health Campus in Evansville, whose brother also lives with him at the facility and survived Covid-19, is glad his age group is finally getting help when they are at such a high risk for the virus.

"I'll be tickled to death when we get it,” he said. “We have a lot of veterans in here and one guy that I am very concerned of -- he'll be 101-years-old come February. I'm very close to him."

While The Village at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh started vaccinating residents and staff on Monday.

At Hamilton Pointe, they actually went room to room vaccinating those residents. And at the North River Health Campus, they will be setting up a one-day clinic in their community room, with a waiting room.

"Anything that we can have -- especially something like a vaccine they can assist us with preventing future positives -- is going to be great,” said Andy Russell, the executive director at the North River Health Campus.

While seniors are glad their fellow caretakers are also getting their chance at a shot of hope.

“They’ve done everything to save lives here," Schultheis said. "And they’ve done a wonderful job.”

As of Tuesday, 120 staff members and residents have signed up to get vaccinated at the North River Health Campus.

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