According to a statement from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), health care workers at Holk Soldiers Home gave their first shot to 78-year-old Air Force veteran Robert Arrowin. Aucoin, who served as a control tower operator at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina from 1961 to 1965, has been at the Holic Giants’ home since April 2018.
With a blue Snoopy mask on his nose, mouth and part of his long white beard, he was given a shot at the Holoke home through a federal Long Term Care Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Walgren.
He said in a statement, “I am very happy to get the vaccine. I wish everyone in the world could get the vaccine.”
Another Soldier Home, Chelsea, Massachusetts, gave Dominic Pitella his first vaccine, the 94-year-old, who has been living there since April 2018. US Army Corps Corporal, Pitella, was a cook with the 559th Air Service. The group served in the Pacific Theater in World War II according to the EOHHS.
“I hope it helps everyone,” Pitella said.
Gov. Charlie Baker praised vaccination in an expectation statement of better things to come.
“Our frontline health care workers and now some of the most vulnerable residents of our Soldiers Home are relieved to be vaccinated and hopefully there are bright days ahead for all,” he said in a statement.
“We are pleased to begin providing the first dose to the incredible men and women who live in both Holk and Chelsea facilities to offer more protection from Kovid-19, and are grateful to the dedicated staff who protected our elders Trying tirelessly to keep and healthy during the epidemic. “
Vaccination is a return to the establishment of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the spring. At least 76 elders died, including at least 76 who tested positive for Kovid-19 at a nursing home in Holk, about 90 miles west of Boston, leading to state and federal investigations and two home supervisors Charges were made against
Two nursing home officials were accused
The state’s 174-page investigation on the outbreak described a series of in-house errors, including delays in testing, delays in closing common spaces, inadequate personal protective equipment and a general lack of compassion for veterans .
The most significant error came on March 27, when the leadership decided to move the two units of the Giants to one, including some who tested positive for the Kovid-19, who showed no signs of it. According to staff and union accounts shared with CNN, systemic issues such as staff shortages have been dealt with at home for years.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maurya Hayley said in September a grand jury “placed two officers in the house” due to serious bodily injury or neglect of a person during the Kovid-19 outbreak.
Former Superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50 and former medical director David Clinton, 71, each face 10 criminal cases. According to CNN affiliate WCVB, he pleaded not guilty to the charges in November.
The CDC recommends that frontline health care workers and nursing homes be among the first to receive coronovirus vaccines, which have shown to be effective in limiting severe Kovid-19 disease. According to the CDC, approximately 60% of US coronavirus deaths occur in people over 75 years of age.