ROME, N.Y. – Rome Memorial Hospital began vaccinating nursing home residents this week, including Philip Murphy, who has survived COVID-19 twice.
Murphy was the first resident to receive the Pfizer vaccine at the hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The Residential Health Care Facility at Rome Memorial Hospital is partnering with Walgreens Pharmacy to administer the vaccine.
Nearly 85% of the residents at the facility have elected to receive the vaccination, according to administrator, Anthony Joseph.
“For our residents, the vaccine has greater value than simply protecting them from the risks of this deadly virus. The vaccine provides the promise of seeing their loved ones face to face again,” said Joseph.
In-person visitation is currently suspended at RMH as virus cases continue to surge around the region.
Walgreens employees will come back to administer the second dose to residents and staff in three weeks.