COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine

WASILLA — Maple Springs of Wasilla and Maple Springs of Palmer are set to receive their second batch of COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 18 and Jan. 19.

Maple Springs infection specialist Emily Palenske said they received their first batch Dec. 28 and Dec. 29, noting that they were one of the first care facilities in the state to get the vaccine.

“These are exactly the people who are at the most risk… We’ve been living in a lot of fear for the last 10 months, and it’s the first real, bright hope for us… to be in the top group of those receiving it,” Palenske said. “We feel really fortunate CVS was willing to come in. It’s a lot of logistics to vaccinate that many people.”

Palenske said they have a federal partnership with CVS who administers the vaccines. She said that about 40 to 50 percent of their staff and about 50 to 60 percent of their residents were vaccinated after the initial shipment.

“Pretty much everybody who had their first dose will receive a second dose,” Palenske said.

She said it’s all voluntary for staff and residents. She said their current federal partnership comes with three visits, and the last one will take place 21 days after Jan. 18. She said they will reassess other options as the situation continues to evolve.

“We’ll just continue to try to do our best to try and keep these folks safe,” Palenske said.

Both the Wasilla and Palmer Maple Springs facilities have been closed to visitors since March of 2020. Palenske said their staff and volunteers go above and beyond to help their residents connect with their loved ones, whether it’s through remote communication with applications like Facetime, or alternative face to face interactions like their indoor window visits.

“Any creative things that they can do remotely, we’re all ears. There’s lots of people with good ideas out there,” Palenske said.

For more information, call 907-802-6645 for Maple Springs of Wasilla or 907-802-6641 for Maple Springs of Palmer.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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