District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett is proud to be working with Johns Hopkins Health System (JHSS) and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), thanks to its partnership with D.C. Department of Health, successfully completing the first three weeks of the pilot program vaccinating senior citizens living in DCHA properties.
“Johns Hopkins Medicine’s vaccinators have visited several of our senior properties to administer the first doses of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine, helping to protect our most vulnerable residents,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “The excellent quality of care and compassion JHM’s team have shown to our seniors is beyond compare. The clinics are set up in a safe, efficient, and socially distanced manner. Any and all questions from residents are answered with patience and smiles.”
Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, who administered doses at the clinic set up at Potomac Gardens yesterday, said “as an academic health organization, Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to leveraging the ability of our tripartite mission of patient care, research, and education to help our communities and our world navigate this pandemic. This kind of work is exactly why Johns Hopkins Medicine was created. The seniors I have met here today are so appreciative of our time and efforts, and I honestly cannot think of a better way to spend my day than by joining here with our team members, DCHA and the D.C. Department of Health to take care of the people of Washington, D.C.”
Seniors have been pre-registering for the vaccine following outreach by DCHA’s communications and engagement team and resident leaders. JHM arrives to the DCHA senior property, sets up their clinic and a separate observation area to begin administering doses. Seniors are scheduled for their second dose immediately following their first dose, then move to the observation area for medical staff monitoring for 15 minutes before returning to their homes. The pilot program will continue through February.
“The JHM team has done everything in their power, including visiting homebound seniors, to ensure that anyone who wanted this vaccine could receive it as easily as possible. I thank them for their hard work in helping DCHA keep our residents safe and healthy,” said Garrett.
DC Health recommends all residents take the vaccine as soon as it is available to them. Currently, there are two vaccines that have received an Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine. Two doses of each of the approved vaccine are required, allowing three to four weeks between each dose. It is important to receive both doses of the same vaccine to be most effective. Clinical trials have shown both vaccines to be about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19.
Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are pain at the injection site, fever, felling tired, headache, chills, muscle aches, and joint points. Most symptoms are mild to medium intensity and go away within one or two days.