COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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March 16, 2021

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February 18, 2021

The final COVID-19 vaccine clinic at FTJ was successfully held yesterday for independent residents and team members. In total, 604 vaccine doses were given.  Once again, the process went very smooth, and the CVS vaccination team members were kind and professional.  We would like to thank CVS and the opportunity to participate in the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program. It was wonderful to be able to vaccinate our residents and staff on-site.

Even though residents and staff have been given their second vaccine dose, we continue to follow DOH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 including wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands, including no visitors.  Also, a process has been put into place for all staff to be routinely tested for COVID-19. 

We’ve had several questions regarding if our campus is open now because Pierce County moved to Phase II of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan.  The answer is no as we are still following the DOH Safe Start for Long Term Care requirements.  We will keep you updated with any changes regarding campus visitation or activities.  We continue to offer virtual and window visits.  Please call the front desk at 253-752-6621 to schedule your window visit.

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate the many phases of this pandemic.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email to me ( or Bob Beckham ( or by phone at 253-752-6621.

Thank you,

Judy Dunn, President and CEO

February 8, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations and Information from the Department of Health

January 21

Due to scheduling issues with CVS, the vaccine clinic dates for staff (January 20th) and for independent residents (January 31st) have been rescheduled.  The new vaccine clinic date for both staff and independent residents is Wednesday, January 27th. This will be for the first dose of the vaccine, and the second dose will be approximately 21 days later (the exact date is still to be determined).  To accommodate the number of people receiving a vaccine and provide adequate distancing, time windows have been assigned.  Residents in Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing who have received their first dose will be getting their second dose on 1/27. Residents in those areas who have not yet received the vaccine will receive their first dose on 1/27 as well.

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate the many phases of this pandemic.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email to me ( or Bob Beckham ( or by phone at 253-752-6621.

Thank you,

Judy Dunn, President and CEO

January 11

Here are the vaccine dates for our independent residents:

  • January 31 and February 21

January 6

Here are the vaccine dates for our residents and team members:

  • Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Residents:

January 10, January 31 and February 21

  • Team Members:

January 20, February 10 and March 3

December 21

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December 16, 2020

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

December 15, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members and Team Members,

By now you have probably heard that COVID-19 vaccines are being approved and ready for distribution to healthcare workers and residents in long term care.  We have long awaited this exciting news.

We understand that some of you may be concerned about the safety of these new vaccines, as they have been developed and tested more quickly than those in the past.  Vaccines approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines and have been tested in tens of thousands of people, including older adults.  Two independent advisory committees of experts from academic institutions also monitor vaccines to ensure their safety.

FTJ has registered with the CDC program through the WA Department of Health for the pharmacy partnership for Long Term Care providers to receive vaccines for residents and staff. The pharmacy is responsible for the management of obtaining the vaccine and related supplies, storage, and administration. The pharmacy will schedule and coordinate the process; dates have not been determined. We have not heard how the CDC or WA DOH will be allocating the vaccine resources that Washington State will receive. These organizations are working on the details and we hope to learn more in the coming weeks. At this point, we hope our allocation of vaccines will include independent residents, but this does seem unlikely, at least in the first wave of distribution. As we learn more, we will pass this along to you.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require two separate doses given about three or four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine.  A consent form will be required, along with a copy of your Medicare or insurance card.  The vaccine will be free of charge through this CDC program.  We strongly recommend that all staff and residents receive the vaccine, but it is not required.

Included is information from CDC and other educational materials for your review.  Please continue to check our website at for additional vaccine updates.

As we have been saying over the course of this difficult year, we are all in this together.  Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents have been and remain our top priority.  We are hopeful that the worldwide, unprecedented scientific achievement of these COVID-19 vaccines will eventually enable us to enjoy life with our loved ones again.  We look forward to doing our part in this effort by getting the COVID-19 vaccine and hope you will join us.

Judy Dunn
President & CEO

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