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Riderwood Vaccinates 96% of Residents Against COVID-19

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

A Riderwood resident receiving the COVID-19 vaccine just steps away from his apartment home. (courtesy photo)

Silver Spring, MD – Riderwood, a senior living community managed by Erickson Living in Silver Spring, MD, today announced that it has completed its COVID-19 vaccination clinics with 96 percent of its residents receiving both doses.

"Since the onset of the pandemic more than 12 months ago, our team has worked diligently with residents, their families and local health officials to help safeguard the well-being of everyone who calls Riderwood home," said Gary Hibbs, executive director of Riderwood. "I'm proud of the exceptional results we have achieved by working together – and I'm thrilled that so many of our residents now have an additional level of protection against COVID-19. We could not have reached this important landmark without the professionalism of our partners at CVS, Adventist HealthCare, the unwavering commitment of our staff and the resilience of our residents."

Every resident who wanted a vaccine at Riderwood has now received both doses and look forward to safely enjoying the abundant on-campus amenities, dining experiences, and friendships that are hallmarks of Riderwood 's active, vibrant lifestyle. Residents, staff and visitors continue to take precautionary measures, including wearing masks, maintaining social distance and frequent handwashing, to keep each other safe and well-protected.

Residents have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations conveniently on campus.

"At Riderwood, we are a family, and we care for one another. We've been through so much in the past year, but we've done it together. We got the shots because we care about our neighbors and want to see more of them," said Greg and Sulocha Fernandopulle, Riderwood residents. "Now that the vaccine is here, we are confident and optimistic about the future. We are grateful to Riderwood for bringing it right to us. They made it easy, and now we can't wait to travel and see our grandchildren!"

Riderwood is one of 20 senior living communities managed by Erickson Living. To date, more than 24,500 residents at these communities have received the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about Riderwood's response to COVID-19, please visit

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