COVID-19 has had a disproportionately negative impact on seniors over the age of 65. According to the CDC, seniors are more likely than those ages 18 to 29 to seek medical attention if they catch the illness. Here’s all you need to know about receiving the vaccine to safeguard your elderly relatives.
Quick Key Points About the COVID-19 Vaccine
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people, particularly elders, get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Vaccines are mostly distributed by local and state health administrations.
- Even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should be cautious about catching the virus and distributing it to others.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Vaccines are being distributed across the country as of December, with state and municipal health administrations leading the charge. Here are several venues where you can acquire a vaccine:
- To find out where to get a vaccine and who is eligible, contact your local health department, which is listed on most state public health websites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a list of state and territorial health departments to assist you in locating COVID-19 vaccine information in your area.
- Consult your pharmacist, as some pharmacies are now dispensing injections. You may be able to make an inoculation appointment based on your location, age, and risk factors. Your pharmacist can help address any COVID-19 vaccine-related inquiries you may have.
- Inquire with your doctor or hospital about immunisation locations in your area. If you receive treatment from a health clinic or a home health care provider, ask your caregiver or team for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 immunisation protocols.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
The FDA has evaluated and approved the COVID-19 vaccines. The live virus that causes COVID-19 is not used in the mRNA vaccines used in the United States, so you cannot contract the virus from vaccination.
The vaccine’s side effects are normal indicators that the body’s immune system is strengthening its defences against the pathogen. Pain and swelling at the injection site, as well as chills, weariness, headache, and fever, should subside within a few days.
When getting a vaccine, you must wait at least 15 minutes to check for an adverse reaction, which is uncommon but can happen, especially in people who have anaphylaxis. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns about possible side effects.
Will I Still Have to Wear a Mask After Getting Vaccinated?
Yes. While vaccinations are beneficial in preventing sickness, we don’t know if they lessen the risk of developing COVID or being an asymptomatic carrier. To keep communities safe for the time being, it’s critical to stick to social distance norms.
What Is Verrolyne Home Care Doing to Help?
By providing compassionate care to elders, home care providers continue to aid families and those on the front lines. COVID-19 immunizations are recommended by Verrolyne services Health Care for all of our patients as soon as they are able. Unless they are exempt, all of our in-home caregivers will be immunised, and patients will be notified of their caregivers’ vaccination status.
The next step in protecting yourself and senior loved ones from COVID-19 is to be vaccinated. Please contact us for additional information about our coronavirus home care activities.