Fountain Crest Retirement Community In Lehigh Acres, Among First Senior Living Communities To Enroll In CDC’s Free COVID-19 Vaccination Program

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Submitted By Denise Talt

Fountain Crest Retirement Community in Lehigh Acres, Florida, is among the first local senior living communities to enroll in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national COVID-19 vaccine program. The CDC has partnered with CVS and Walgreens to provide free of charge, on-site vaccination clinics at senior living communities across the country as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and becomes available. Following all federal and state guidelines, Fountain Crest, which is operated by Oregon-based and family-owned Sunshine Retirement Living, has contracted with CVS and will offer each of its residents and staff members the option to receive the free vaccine at the community.

“Being among the first senior living companies to participate in this program provides us with anticipated early access to COVID-19 vaccinations and at no-cost to our residents; and is yet another example of our steadfast commitment to the safety and health of each of our residents and staff,” said Luis Serrano, CEO, Sunshine Retirement Living. “Based on our partnership with CVS to provide flu vaccination clinics at our communities across the country, we know we are working with a credible and reliable provider to safely administer this program.”

According to the CDC, “the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (L TC) Program provides end-to­end management of the COVID-19 vaccination process, including cold-chain management, on-site vaccinations, and fulfillment of reporting requirements, to facilitate safe vaccination of this patient population, while reducing burden on long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and jurisdictional health departments.” While a COVID-19 vaccination has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the program has been developed to facilitate rapid deployment once a vaccine has been approved.

For more than 10 years, Sunshine Retirement Living has always made the health and safety of its residents and employees its highest priority. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and before federal and local mandates were put in place, the company proactively implemented strict infection prevention measures beyond what was recommended by the CDC and other local health agencies. Those heightened safety measures included being among the first senior living companies to purchase and administer FDA-approved tests for COVID-19 and 40 other respiratory diseases for residents and staff, who exhibit any symptoms, to help prevent and mitigate infection.

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Based in Bend, Ore., Sunshine Retirement Living manages 34 retirement communities across the United States, offering senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care. A family-owned business, Sunshine Retirement Living’ s mission is to be the preferred senior living provider offering value, choice and independence while promoting health and social interaction that exceeds residents’ expectations and enriches the lives of both residents and staff. By providing meals, housekeeping, activities, transportation, utilities and in-house management staff, Sunshine Retirement Living continues to build an unparalleled community feeling in each property. For more information, visit or connect socially.

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