TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Managers at Tupelo’s Community Living Center said people who live in their nursing homes have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I feel like finally, maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Christina Turner said.
Turner is Senior Director of Clinical Operations at the Community Elder Care Services.
The company manages nursing homes in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Turner said she is glad the coronavirus vaccine is on the way.
"Well we're working with CMS and the CDC and the pharmacy collaboration to be able to give vaccinations to our residents and staff very, very soon.
She said the company is encouraging staff and residents to take the vaccine but no one will be forced to take it.
"They have 1200 nursing home residents that they take care of. they are happy to see the vaccine on the way."
"Maybe today (December 14), but hopefully no later than next week from what we are hearing. The FDA has approved the vaccinations so it’s actually distributed out to several pharmacies over the weekend. So we should be getting it just any day."
Turner said the pharmacies will make 3 different trips to their nursing homes to administer the vaccine.
She added there are 2 doses of the vaccine for each person who takes it. She did not have a number for how many vaccines the company will get.
The company manages nursing homes throughout the area including in Bruce, West Point, and Fulton.