COVID-19 Updates

Resources and Response

Our patients are always our highest priority. We remain committed to always exercising an abundance of caution and taking every measure possible to protect our patients. 

We are following the guidance of state and local Departments of Health and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will continue to update plans and protocols as necessary. We continue to be guided by our mission to ensure the health and wellbeing of those in our care. This page will be updated frequently with updates from National, as well as authoritative resources, to help our staff remain informed in handling COVID-19.

National’s Infection Control Protocols


Our WE CARE Family Communication Tool provides patients and their loved ones with updates and communications from our centers.

Enhanced communications with families and their loved ones are available through virtual and in-person visits and social media updates.

Our Unit Nursing and Medical Staff reach out to families to keep them updated on any change in resident condition.

Reinforce housekeeping and disinfection schedules, strict handwashing, hygiene, and infection control protocols.

Screen all staff for possible exposure or illness in accordance with infection control best practices and state and federal guidelines.

Store sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure that all team members have appropriate PPE.

Clinicians constantly circulate to observe residents and ensure that all housekeeping, hygiene and infection control measures are properly carried out and to respond to any questions.

Mandatory supplemental training for all employees about COVID-19 and best practices for patient care, infection control, and personal safety – building on the training they already receive at regular intervals during the year.

Continually monitor and assess all of our residents at every shift for any new signs or symptoms of changes.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

National Health Care Associates affiliate centers remain vigilant and continue to reinforce strict safety measures and infection control protocols. However, the COVID-19 vaccine provides an essential layer of protection from the virus.

Q: Are these vaccines fully approved by the FDA for use?

A: The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being issued under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. An EUA makes the vaccine available for public health emergencies. It means that the vaccine is available outside of a research study but has not yet reached full FDA approval, which takes some time. This is the typical first step for a new vaccine. The research continues as it moves toward full approval.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Q: What are the long-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Because COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials only started in the summer of 2020, it is not yet clear if these vaccines will have long-term side effects. However, vaccines rarely cause long-term side effects.

Q: Can pregnant or breast-feeding women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Recent data shows that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks. Vaccination during pregnancy may help transfer protective antibodies to the baby through the placenta and breastmilk. These antibodies may lower the chance of the baby getting COVID-19. If you have concerns, talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits.

Q: Will the COVID-19 vaccine prevent me from being able to get pregnant?

A: No. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are being studied carefully now and will continue to be studied for many years, similar to other vaccines. There is no evidence that the vaccine affects fertility.

Q: Should people with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome get vaccinated?

A: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. General best practices for immunization do not include a history of GBS as a contraindication to vaccination; it is a precaution for influenza vaccines and tetanus-toxoid containing vaccines in limited situations. Reports of adverse events following use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine under EUA suggest an increased risk of GBS during the 42 days following vaccination. No increased risk of GBS has been identified with mRNA vaccines during use under EUA. People with a history of GBS can receive any currently FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, given the possible association between the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and an increased risk of GBS, a patient with a history of GBS and their clinical team should discuss the availability of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to offer protection against COVID-19.

Q: Can the COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA?

A: No, the COVID vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Vaccines teach our immune system how to fight against a specific virus. They work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. In order to do its job, the COVID-19 vaccine does not need to go inside the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is. This means the vaccine never interacts with our DNA in any way and has no way to change it.

Q: I heard the COVID-19 vaccine was developed to control individuals through microchip tracking. Is that true?

A: This is false. There is not a microchip in the vaccine and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database.

Q: What is the difference among the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines?

A: The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are mRNA vaccines that use tiny parts called messenger RNA (mRNA) carried in very tiny lipid particles. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines differ in the way the mRNA is built or the way the lipids are used. The two vaccines are also stored in different ways, but each requires two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a vector vaccine, which places genetic material from the COVID-19 virus inside a weakened version of the adenovirus that cannot cause illness. Adenoviruses are very common viruses that usually cause colds. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose.

Q: Do the COVID-19 vaccines have any side effects?

A: Some people may experience side effects after receiving a vaccination. However, this is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are minor and include tiredness, headache, pain at the injection site, muscle pain, chills, nausea or fever. Any side effects should subside within a few days.

Q: How do we know if the vaccines are safe?

A: Vaccines go through more testing than any other pharmaceuticals. First, small groups of people receive a trial vaccine. Next, the vaccine is administered to people with certain characteristics such as age, race and health. The vaccine is then given to tens of thousands of people and tested for effectiveness and safety. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) studies the data to determine if the vaccine works and is safe. The FDA then looks at the data and the advice from the ACIP and decides whether to approve the vaccine. The vaccine is only approved after all of these steps have been completed, and when the experts are sure that the vaccine is safe and effective. In fact, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now FDA approved.

Q: Are there toxic ingredients in the vaccine?

A: No, there are no toxic ingredients in vaccines. The FDA ensures that the vaccine is pure and sterile, and they monitor this on an ongoing basis requiring test batches.

Q: Do the COVID-19 vaccines protect against the variants?

A: While research suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are slightly less effective against the variants, the vaccines still appear to provide protection against severe COVID-19.

Q: Can I still get COVID-19 after I have been vaccinated?

A: COVID-19 vaccination will protect most people from getting sick with COVID-19. A very small percentage of fully vaccinated people may still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. These are breakthrough cases. The overall risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 is much lower in vaccinated individuals than among unvaccinated people with similar risk factors.

Q: Should I get the vaccination if I already had COVID-19?

A: Yes, people who have previously had COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible to contract COVID again. However, vaccinated individuals are protected against severe disease and death.

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