Rapid City assisted living facility vaccinates all of its residents

RAPID CITY, S.D. — One Rapid City nursing home, Good Samaritan Society Echo Ridge, has joined with Walgreens to get it’s residents vaccinated. For some residents this will be the first time they’ll be receiving the vaccine. But some received their first dose in December and are back to get their second and final shot.

The Good Samaritan Society Echo Ridge is one of the first communities to have all of their residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But all CDC guidelines that are in place at the facility will still be followed for the time being.

Kayla Osborne, Senior Living Manager at Good Samaritan Society Echo Ridge, said, “We will still wear masks. We will still social distance, but hopefully it’s gonna be sooner rather than later for easing up the restrictions. On this lodge side they are allowed to have visitors, but on our assisted living we kind of do scheduled visitations two days a week. So we are hoping that this will be allowing us to open up a little bit more for visitation.”

One of the residents at Echo Ridge feels a weight has been lifted from her shoulders after receiving her vaccine, and hopes this is the first step to getting the world back to normal.

Betty Sagdalan, resident at Good Samaritan Society Echo Ridge, said, “It’s a great relief. Hope it starts going down all of the United States all over the world and get rid of it. Just get it out of here.”

Those living in the facility were excited it was their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and some even had signs with their reason for getting vaccinated.

“They’ve been asking for awhile when we could get vaccinated. We’ve been working with Walgreens, our partner, to get  that set up as soon as possible,” said Kayla Osborne.

Some residents miss the freedom before the pandemic, but are thankful for how well the staff has helped along the way.

“We are used to going out to eat a lot more and socialize more and so that’s been a big difference. It’s wonderful we have the care and the caring people living here” said Betty Sagdalan.

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