* December 30th…
COVID-19 vaccinations for residents at LaSalle Veterans’ Home began Tuesday, while vaccinations for staff members started Wednesday.
It’s the first step in the process at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home. The interim administrator says residents and employees will continue to take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy. […]
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 35 residents have died from COVID-19 and there have been more than 200 cases among residents and employees.
“The staff was heartbroken that the virus got in here and the toll that it takes,” [Anthony Vaughn, LaSalle Veterans’ Home Interim Administrator] said. “Everything death is personal. These are our residents and veterans that they have been looking at after day in and day out.”
Vaughn said it’s not mandatory for residents or staff members to get the vaccine, but most have chosen to do so. The second dose will be given out next month.
* The staff may have been heartbroken, but look at what they actually did, or, rather, what they refused to do…
Every time I see one of these stories about the state bungling its care of our veterans, I ask myself why Illinois doesn’t just shut down the facilities and pay to put all the residents in nursing homes. We do not seem to be up to the task.
* Imagine what it’s gonna be like when those AFSCME-represented state corrections officers are offered the vaccines…
More than 7,800 people imprisoned in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities have had coronavirus, according to state data. Another 3,435 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Recent data on the number of people who have died from COVID-19 while incarcerated was not immediately available, but a story from Injustice Watch reported 52 people had died from coronavirus while incarcerated in Illinois as of Dec. 8. Fifteen inmates and one corrections officer died in November alone, according to those figures.
I sure hope the state and the union are more prepared for the next round.