COVID-19 vaccinations begin Tuesday at Soldiers Homes – WCVB Boston

Staff and residents will begin receiving vaccinations Tuesday at the site of one of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreaks in a long-term care facility.COVID-19 is blamed for the spring deaths of 76 veterans who lived at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Additionally, a resident of the home who had lived at an off-site skilled nursing facility since April died earlier this month.Two former top administrators at the Holyoke home have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence charges connected to the deaths.The doses that will be given starting Tuesday come from the state’s second shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will be injected by CVS pharmacists.”We encourage as many staff and residents as possible to get vaccinated,” Interim Superintendent Michael Lazo wrote in a memo obtained by 5 Investigates last week.Shots are also due to be given Tuesday at the state’s other Soldiers’ Home, in Chelsea. The vaccinations are part of a statewide effort to innoculate residents and staff at long-term care facilities, which began Monday. Nancy Vecchione Colonero, a 103-year-old resident of the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough, was one of the first people to get the first dose of the inoculation. She called it a privilege. Shirley Nolan, a retired teacher who lives at the Benjamin Healthcare Center in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood, said Hallelujah after she got the vaccine.

Staff and residents will begin receiving vaccinations Tuesday at the site of one of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreaks in a long-term care facility.

COVID-19 is blamed for the spring deaths of 76 veterans who lived at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Additionally, a resident of the home who had lived at an off-site skilled nursing facility since April died earlier this month.

Two former top administrators at the Holyoke home have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence charges connected to the deaths.

The doses that will be given starting Tuesday come from the state’s second shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will be injected by CVS pharmacists.

“We encourage as many staff and residents as possible to get vaccinated,” Interim Superintendent Michael Lazo wrote in a memo obtained by 5 Investigates last week.

Shots are also due to be given Tuesday at the state’s other Soldiers’ Home, in Chelsea.

The vaccinations are part of a statewide effort to innoculate residents and staff at long-term care facilities, which began Monday.

Nancy Vecchione Colonero, a 103-year-old resident of the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough, was one of the first people to get the first dose of the inoculation. She called it a privilege. Shirley Nolan, a retired teacher who lives at the Benjamin Healthcare Center in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood, said Hallelujah after she got the vaccine.