FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 6, 2021
Newport News, VA. – Virginia Health Services (VHS) is using its in-house resources to stay on the leading edge of managing COVID-19 and keep its communities safe. The Virginia Health Services Pharmacy recently became one of the first long-term care pharmacies in the state to provide an ongoing supply of COVID-19 vaccine for its residents and team members. All new VHS residents and team members will have access to the vaccine through the affiliated pharmacy.
“The vaccine has proven to be tremendously effective in protecting our residents and team members. Being able to acquire the vaccine through our Virginia Health Services Pharmacy has allowed us to promptly vaccinate the individuals we serve in our nursing homes, assisted living, independent living, home care and hospice services,” said Mark Klyczek, President & CEO, Virginia Health Services.
“Vaccination efforts to date have helped make the residents of our communities much safer. The ready ability to maintain a high percentage of vaccinated people in our communities enables us to sustain this protection. We will continue to encourage vaccinations, as well as follow all safety guidelines such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and conducting regular testing.” added Dr. Robert Walters, Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Virginia Health Services.
VHS worked with the Virginia Department of Health’s Long-Term Care Task Force, and collaborated with pharmaceutical companies and other health care providers to ensure access to life-saving supplies and treatments for its communities throughout the pandemic.
More than 1 in 5 adults are now fully vaccinated, including more than half of seniors, according to the CDC. The national goal set by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and LeadingAge is to vaccinate 75% of the nearly 1.5 million nursing home staff by June 30.
Locally owned and headquartered in Newport News, Virginia since 1963, Virginia Health Services offers exceptional senior living and health care services. We specialize in the continuum of care from active lifestyle independent and assisted senior living communities, to skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Our 1,200+ employees are passionate and committed to the well-being and quality care of our residents. Beyond our thoughtfully maintained communities located throughout the Virginia Peninsula, we offer a full range of personalized skilled health care, outpatient therapy, home care and hospice services by specially trained staff in the comfort and privacy of your home. To learn more, please visit our website at www.vahs.com.