S. Setauket, NY…February 2, 2021…  Jefferson’s Ferry, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community for active adults 62 years and above recently expanded its COVID vaccination program to include residents living in the community’s Independent Living cottages and apartments and employees responsible for maintaining Independent Living residences, facilities and grounds.  Eligible residents and employees received the first of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine January 27 and January 28 at an appointment-only clinic held at the Jefferson’s Ferry Community Center.  The second dose will be administered February 17 and February 18.

Vaccination of skilled nursing residents and staff in the Vincent Bove Health Center at Jefferson’s Ferry has been completed as has the first vaccination dose for assisted living residents and staff. 

“We simply couldn’t be happier than to be able to provide this critical vaccine to our community,” said Jefferson Ferry President and CEO Bob Caulfield, who was among those who received a first dose of the vaccine during this most recent clinic.  “We are excited about what the vaccine has to offer in health and in reestablishing normalcy within our community.  We are looking forward to the coming days when everyone is able to comfortably get together with family and friends.”   

“The vaccine clinic represents an important milestone for our residents and staff,” said Linda Kolakowski, vice president of resident life at Jefferson’s Ferry.  “Without exception, everyone has demonstrated remarkable resilience and positivity throughout the pandemic, maintaining an unfaltering community spirit as we worked together to follow safety protocols and adopted new ways to embrace friendship and togetherness.  The anticipation to celebrate safely as a community is palpable.”    

“The timing of the vaccine program coincides with coming of spring, and the anticipated debut of some exciting new dining destinations at Jefferson’s Ferry that are sure to be popular,`” continued Caulfield.  “Our Journey to Renewal expansion and renovation, which is well underway, will be ready to unveil some new amenities, and these eateries are among them.  We have so much to celebrate and be grateful for.  This vaccine clinic is the next step to back to the peace of mind that is a hallmark of the Jefferson’s Ferry lifestyle.”

The Jefferson’s Ferry vaccination program is being conducted with CVS Pharmacy through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.

About Jefferson’s Ferry

Jefferson’s Ferry is a nonprofit Life Plan community for active adults age 62 and above, with Independent Living cottages and apartments, assisted living apartments, and a quality health care center all on one site.  A multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation project, “The Journey Toward Renewal,” is currently under construction.  Part of a larger strategic initiative launched in 2018 to create a life-enriching environment for all new and current residents at every stage of their life, Journey Toward Renewal will add 60 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, expand the Healthy Living Center, Fitness Center, and its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Therapy Center. Expanded dining options are also planned.   A new Memory Care building will provide a high quality of life and care for people diagnosed and living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Common areas in Assisted Living and the Health Care Center will be renovated.

Jefferson’s Ferry offers exceptional living and amenities, including indoor pool, computer center, library, recreational areas, gardens, and gazebos.  A mix of cultural excursions, civic activities, and a community of residents who help shape Jefferson’s Ferry’s future ensures a spirited and engaged lifestyle. 

The Vincent Bove Health Center at Jefferson’s Ferry enjoys a 5-star rating from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and was named a “Best Of” nursing home by U.S. News & World Report.  Jefferson’s Ferry earned the industrywide Community Choice Award for resident satisfaction and engagement and Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2019 Customer Experience Award. FitchRatings has assigned Jefferson’s Ferry a BBB bond rating.  Jefferson’s Ferry has consistently been voted Best Retirement Community and Best Assisted Living on Long Island by The Long Island Press and has been recognized for Excellence by the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s Business Achievement Awards program. 

For more information visit www.jeffersonsferry.org

Photo captions:   Jefferson’s Ferry President and CEO Bob Caulfield rolls up his sleeve to get his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccine was rolled out to Independent Living residents and Jefferson’s Ferry staff at an on-site clinic held January 27 and January 28.  Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Residents at the Vincent Bove Health Center, Jefferson’s Ferry, and the staff that attends to their needs, have also been vaccinated by CVS Pharmacy through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.

Photo caption: Jefferson’s Ferry Independent Living resident Pat Boone expresses her motivation for getting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine while awaiting her first dose at an on-site clinic held January 27 and January 28 at Jefferson’s Ferry.  Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Residents at the Vincent Bove Health Center, Jefferson’s Ferry, and the staff that attends to their needs, have also been vaccinated by CVS Pharmacy through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.

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