Staff, residents at West Orange senior center kick off new year with vaccines

The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were given Friday at the Daughters of Israel Home.

News 12 Staff

Jan 1, 2021, 8:48 PM

Updated 1,297 days ago

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Staff and residents at a senior center in West Orange rolled up their sleeves for the new year to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were given Friday at the Daughters of Israel Home. Staff and residents were excited to receive the vaccine.
Residents were vaccinated inside their rooms.
Officials at the senior living facility have been diligent in testing for COVID-19 to ensure that staff and residents wouldn't become infected.
News 12 is told the vaccine is not mandatory but that 80% of the staff and 90% of the residents signed up to receive the shot. There are 143 residents and 240 staff at the center.
Staff members who did agree say they didn't think twice about getting the vaccine and were happy the residents were getting their shots too.
"I'm excited for them too," says nurse Cybrain Mgbako. "I believe in the science."
Walgreen's was responsible for the vaccines and supplied everything from the syringes to the freezers.
Medical staff at the center were on hand to observe all the newly vaccinated residents and staff for 15 minutes.
Everyone who received a shot Friday will receive the next dose in three weeks.


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