Optalis COVID-19 Prevention
During this unprecedented time, our commitment to families of patients and residents, as always, is to provide timely and accurate information. As it relates to COVID-19, effective communication is an important part of containing the virus. We continue to communicate the latest in preventative measures as well as actual cases in our center through phone calls, letters, and by updating our website.
Optalis residents can enjoy open visitation with their families in our communities following visitation policies to mitigate the risks to our population. For more information regarding indoor visitation, please visit our Visitation blog.
The top priority at Optalis Healthcare is the health and well-being of our patients, residents, and employees. Therefore, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure our centers remain guarded against the spread of viral infections. We are in close communication with State and Federal officials to ensure we are taking appropriate actions.
We understand that we care for our country’s most vulnerable population and are committed to ensuring their health, safety, and comfort. Every member of our center’s teams is dedicated to this mission, diligently operating with our residents’ best interests at heart.
COVID-19 Vaccine + Boosters
Our centers hold regular COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our residents and staff, including recently added booster shots.
The vaccine requires one or two shots depending on which brand is administered and cannot cause COVID disease, and the side effects have been those typically seen with other vaccinations, such as a sore arm at the injection site, chills, muscle pains, headache and a low-grade fever. All have only lasted for a brief time. For an individual to be considered fully vaccinated, one must complete the one or two-shot process and be two weeks passed their final shot.
Booster shots are available for each vaccine provider.
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen, one shot vaccination, a booster is suggested for those over 18 years of age, 2 months after your initial J&J/Janssen shot.
- If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech two-shot vaccination, it is suggested that anyone 12 years or older receive a booster shot at least 5 months after completion of your primary vaccination series.
- If you received the Moderna, two-shot vaccination, it is suggested that anyone 18 years or older receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completion of your primary vaccination series.
We encourage you to learn more about the vaccine from our state health department or through the CDC’s website by visiting CDC.gov.
Additional Vaccine Resources:
- CDC Tools to Fight Omicron
- CDC’s Long Term Care Residents and Loved One FAQ
- Ohio Vaccine Provider Locations
- FAQ about the COVID-19 Vaccine and PALTC Staff, Patients, Residents and Families
- Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
Staying connected continues to be vitally important, which is why we have kept a variety of visitation options available. For those that may be out of state or feel more comfortable visiting remotely, we invite you to schedule a Virtual Visitation session with your loved one. Those that may not feel comfortable entering our center but want to visit in person are welcome to continue window visits with your friends and loved ones here at Optalis.
Please contact your loved ones center to schedule your virtual visit.
Additional One-Click Resources
- Protect Yourself and Others Against COVID-19 Printable Guide
- Restart Ohio
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- OhioHealth COVID-19 Information & Toolkit
- The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center COVID-19 Information