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Residents and staff at The Cardinal are now prepared to start the process of administering the COVID-19 vaccine, with initial distribution set to start on Tuesday, January 5. While receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is entirely optional, Mary Casey, assistant executive director, said that most of the 200 residents want to get one.

“We have our assignment schedule ready to go. We have our room diagram ready to go. We are ready for them,” said Casey.

The Kisco Senior Living community plans to start by administering the vaccine to the most high-risk healthcare residents (including assisted living, skilled nursing) before other residents and staff are considered.

At The Cardinal at North Hills, pool testing of residents and testing of visitors has allowed them to remain social. However, even after the initial COVID-19 vaccines are given, it will still take some time and a majority of the residents and staff will have to get vaccinated before the community considers whether or not to lift all of the current safety restrictions.

“We’ll have to see a vast majority of our residents, associates and the greater community get vaccinated for that,” said Casey. “It’s just a light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t think of a better way to start off the new year than getting this vaccine.”

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