By Courtney Pastor, Marketing 

January 27th marked a long-awaited day for staff, residents, and families of Kendal at Granville; the 2nd COVID-19 vaccination day. Over 82% of staff and 88% of residents have now received their two doses and are well on the way to reaching a new level of safety from the horrible disease. In addition, 23 staff and residents received their first dose of the vaccine on 1/27 and will receive their second dose in approximately 3 weeks.

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that such an overwhelming number of people chose to opt-in for the vaccine; although reasons may vary from person to person, it shows the very essence of community that is uniquely Kendal at Granville. Executive Director Doug Helman said, “Like many, that word “together’’ has been a way to unify us throughout this pandemic, a word that has always unified those of us who live and work at Kendal.  The vaccine now offers us hope that we will soon be able to shine a brighter light on the Kendal philosophy of Together, Transforming the Experience of Aging.”    

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A community like ours is one that rallies together when making tough decisions to ensure the consensus that is reached is for the greatest good. In the time of COVID-19, this has been true from the get-go; enhanced hygiene precautions, visitor restrictions, health and wellness checks…the list goes on when reflecting on measures taken to make certain we all stay as healthy as possible (many of which are still implemented). As these new measures were introduced throughout the year and were at times exceptionally difficult, especially during the holiday season, both staff and residents understood the danger and the dire need to heed the protocols. Towards the end of 2020 with word of two vaccines on the way and gearing up for distribution, it was a light at the end of the tunnel after a challenging year.

We still have a way to go until life resumes to “normal”, but this day gives us hope that the worst is behind us. While our community has been working together throughout the pandemic, we look forward to being together again in 2021.

Resident’s sentiments on getting the COVID-19 vaccination are offered below:

“We are so blessed to get our vaccine. It was efficiently organized by the Kendal staff. To make it even better, an extremely high percentage of both staff and residents chose to get the vaccine. Bravo!”  -Eileen McNally

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“Kendal is the place to be! We are looked after so well with every little detail so well managed. My husband and I feel fortunate to live in such a caring community. Being able to have the vaccine is a real plus! Thank you Kendal.”  -Emily Haynes

“When Susan and I went to get our shots on V-Day, the mood in the Amelia Room was one of quiet celebration and anticipation. We all felt that the occasion was a big deal. For it was finally possible to realistically envision an end to the plague period – to see a return to times when we could safely get together with family members, visit with friends, shop at leisure, dine out spontaneously, and allow the COVID-prompted worries we were all quietly harboring and cordoning off to begin to ebb. I think just about all of us will hold the date – January 6, 2021 – in our memories. (And not just for what happened in Washington D.C.)”  -Reed Browning