We do it because we care
Dear residents and family members,
We are delighted with the news that the Government has secured large stocks of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and we look forward to it becoming available for everyone.
We do not have a firm timeline yet for when the vaccine will arrive in our villages, but rest assured we will be in touch as soon as we know. What we do know is that healthcare workers and residents in aged care will be a priority.
We think that everyone who is eligible to have the vaccine should do so, and we are encouraging all of our team members to have one.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is safe, fully approved, uses proven technology and is highly effective.
Every single person who gets vaccinated becomes a brick in the wall we need to build around each village to keep COVID-19 out.
If you choose to get vaccinated it will not only protect you against the virus, it will protect your family, friends, neighbours and staff members in each Ryman community.
Before that happens, we want to make sure you have all the information you need about the vaccine so you can make your decision based on clear, evidence-based information.
That’s why we’re launching we do it because we care, an educational campaign to help address any concerns or queries you might have about the vaccination program.
As part of this, we’ll be sharing information with you about the COVID-19 vaccine via email, short videos, and in person at your village. Our first video is below.
For more information you can also go to https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-types-vaccines/covid-19-pfizer-biontech-comirnaty-vaccine
Since the beginning of last year, we’ve all faced up to the threat of COVID-19 together and have had remarkable success in keeping the virus at bay.
This safe and approved vaccine will provide another important tool for us as we maintain our villages as safe havens for our residents, their families and our team.
I don’t doubt for a second that we’re up to this challenge. We will be rolling up our sleeves and taking part.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the vaccine compulsory?
No, it is not, but we strongly encourage everyone who is able to get vaccinated, does so. The more people who take part, the stronger our immunity will be.
Will your staff members be vaccinated?
Staff employed prior to April 2020 are not required to take part in our vaccine programme, but we have traditionally had strong support for our flu programme, and we think the COVID programme will be the same. Those employed since April 2020 have agreed to participate as part of their employment agreement.
Who do I ask if I am unsure whether the vaccine is appropriate for me or my family?
Your GP, or the GP of your loved one, will be able to help.
Is the vaccine safe?
Vaccines have been around for a long time, and the science behind them is well proven. They’re the reason there is no polio or smallpox anymore! The vaccine has been through a rigorous testing and clinical trialling programme and has provisional approval by Medsafe in New Zealand and other authorities around the world. More than 200 million people have had the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in other parts of the world.
Do I need one jab or two?
The vaccination is a two-stage process, the second injection boosts immunity. The second injection should be at least 21 days after the first.
What are the side effects?
The side effects range from a sore arm to feeling pain, chills and fever.
Can I still get COVID-19 if others get vaccinated and I don't?
Can I have the flu vaccination together with the COVID-19 vaccination?
No. There needs to be a two-week minimum gap between vaccinations. The flu vaccine is not available in New Zealand yet so the COVID vaccination should be complete before it arrives.
Will the vaccine be effective against the new strains of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom (Kent) and South African variants?
The evidence so far is that it is still effective.
Will it be free for independent residents?
How will we book a time?
We will let you know.