This page is intended to keep Residents, Family and Friends informed of COVID-19 updates here at Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center. This page will be updated as needed. 

January 8, 2021

We are proud to announce that our Employees received their 1st dose of the Pfizer COVID Vaccination, December 28th, 2020. Residents with sign consents will be receiving their COVID vaccination Monday January 11th, 2021.

We test Employees based off of Cullman County’s positivity rate, per CDC  and CMS guidelines. Residents will continue to be tested weekly and as needed per CDC recommendations.If a Resident receives a positive result, the Resident representative will be notified. Due to Cullman County’s positivity rate, we are not allowed to have indoor visits at this time. . If a Resident does happen to go out for the holiday, they will have to quarantine for 2 weeks on an observation hall. 

***We now have a portable building in the Main parking lot for outdoor visits! Visitors and Residents have separate entrances, please follow the designated signs.The building allows for 1 family visit at a time. Isolation stations are placed inside as additional protection for Residents. Keep in mind that the building is not able to be heated, but to aid in keeping Visitors/Residents from the weather conditions. You are required to schedule visitation times to utilize the outdoor building. Visitation can be scheduled through our Social Services Department Director, Alyssa Aikens (256)352- 6481 Ext. 138. If no answer, please leave a message and it will be returned in the order it was received.***

 We are requiring all Sponsors/Family who take Residents to any appointments, to be COVID tested on-site before departure with Resident.

We have sent the following letter to all sponsors via USPS. Please complete and return to facility.

Dear Sponsor:

Important news about the Covid 19 Vaccine

Please read this informational letter.  We want our families to know and be agreeable to the Covid vaccine which we hope to get shortly.  We have tried to answer all questions, but if you need further assurance, please call us and we will try to alleviate any and all fears.

There is an authorized and recommended Covid 19 vaccine in the United States, and accurate information is going to be critical. 

New Approach to Vaccines

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases.  To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ in our bodies.  Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein-or even just a piece of a protein-that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.  That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

Fact: Covid 19 Vaccines will NOT give you Covid 19

None of the Covid 19 vaccines currently in use in the United States use the live virus that causes Covid 19.  The goal is for the vaccine to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes Covid 19.  Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever.  These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

Fact: Covid 19 Vaccines will not cause you to test positive on Covid 19 viral tests.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of the vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests.  Experts are currently looking at how Covid 19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Fact: People who have gotten sick with Covid 19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated.

At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from Covid 19.  The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person.  Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.

Fact: Getting vaccinated can help prevent you getting sick with Covid 19.

While many people with Covid 19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die.  Covid 19 vaccination helps protect you by crating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

Fact: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA

The mRNA from a Covid 19 vaccine will never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept.  This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.  Instead, Covid 19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease.

Please complete and return this page to Hanceville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

 

______      I would like for my loved one to receive the Covid 19 vaccine.

 

_________ I would like a medical professional to call me with more information about the vaccine.    Phone # ________________________

_________ No, I do not want my loved one to receive the Covid 19 vaccine.

 

___________________________                        _______________________________

Sponsor name (printed)                                        Sponsor name (signature)

 

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Resident’s Name (printed)

 

For further information visit cdc.gov or call CDC Hotline: 1-800-232-4636

 

Please monitor the website for any updates. We would also like to Thank all our Families who continue to encourage and support this facility.

Thank You for being apart of our HNRC family.