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Lake area nursing home to start giving coronavirus vaccine to residents and workers

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (KMIZ)

Arrowhead Senior Living Community is scheduled to give out doses of coronavirus vaccine to its residents and staff starting Thursday.

Ali Ellis, marketing director for Midwest Health which operates Arrowhead, said, "There are 32 assisted living and memory care residents at Arrowhead [and] 100% of them have opted to take the vaccine. So every single resident at Arrowhead assisted living and memory care is going to be vaccinated (Thursday)."

All residents will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. While the vaccine is not required for residents and staff, it has been highly encouraged, according to the news release.

The facility has scheduled three clinic days where Walgreens workers will be giving the vaccine. According to the release, clinic days are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11 and March 11.

"We want to make sure (staff) are protected so that our residents are protected," said Ellis.

Prior to the vaccinations, staff will be going over vaccine documentation with residents to obtain proper consent.

"I'm just really excited that 100% of the residents are going to take the vaccine. I know there are some concerns out there -- but this generation steps up again and are getting vaccinated and it's just wonderful," Ellis said.

As of Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said 175,200 coronavirus doses have been given out across the state.

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Meghan Drakas

Meghan joined ABC 17 News in January 2021.
The Penn State grad is from the Philadelphia suburbs where she interned with several local TV stations.

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