FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”

Click here to read the full release at fda.gov. 

July 30, 2021

Yesterday, LCS announced to its employees, community boards and owners, that the company is requiring all LCE (LCS Community Employment) community employees, LCS employees who are required to travel to communities, employees traveling on LCS company business, or whose primary work location is within a community to be fully vaccinated by October 16, 2021. The company is also encouraging its third-party managed communities to adopt its vaccine policy.

According to Joel Nelson, president and CEO at LCS, “The focus of the LCS signature experience, EverSafe 360, is the company’s passionate commitment to providing an industry-leading experience focused on enhancing the wellbeing, security, and safety of residents and employees. We believe that the COVID-19 vaccination is essential in that work and helps mitigate the spread of the virus.”

As federal and state governments release plans to reopen the economy to essential business, please know the LCS approach to reopen senior living communities will be slow and deliberate. We’ll continue to follow the heightened precautionary measures currently in place including social distancing, restricting non-essential visitors and wearing masks.

Please call the LCS hotline at 855-998-4934 for information on our response measures.

Members of the media can email their inquiries for LCS to news@lcsnet.com. Information requests to a senior living community can be made by contacting the community directly.

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