What You Should Know About the COVID Vaccine for Seniors
Adults over age 65 have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. According to the CDC, seniors are more likely to need care and support if they contract the virus than people 18 to 29 years of age. Here’s what you need to know about getting the vaccine to help protect older loved ones.
Key Points for A Covid Vaccine
- The CDC recommends that people, particularly seniors, get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Vaccines are administered, predominantly through local and state health agencies.
- After you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, continue to protect yourself and others from virus transmission and spread.
Is the Vaccine Safe?
Vaccines of COVID-19 have been tested and approved by the FDA. The mRNA vaccines used in the US do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19, so you cannot catch the virus from being vaccinated.
Side effects of the vaccine are common indications that the body’s immune system is fighting and building protection from the virus. They may cause discomfort and swelling at the injection site, chills, tiredness, headache, and fever, and should go away after a few days.
When you get a vaccine, you will need to wait at least 15 minutes to monitor for an allergic reaction that is uncommon but can occur, particularly in those with anaphylaxis. Speak to your doctor if you are worried about potential side effects.
Where can I get a Vaccine?
- Start with the local health department to find out where to get a vaccine and who is eligible, which is listed on most state public health websites. The CDC maintains a list of state and territorial health departments to help you find details on VOCID-19 related vaccines in your region. Visit the Maryland.gov vaccine site here.
- Talk to your pharmacist, as some pharmacies have started offering shots. Depending on your location, age, and risk factors, you might be able to arrange a time to get vaccinated. Your pharmacist will also address questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Contact your doctor or hospital about your community’s vaccination locations. For those who receive treatment from a health clinic or home health care provider, speak to your caregiver or team to get the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine policies.
How Thrive USA Homecare Can Help Your Family With COVID-19 Safety
At Thrive USA, we put the safety of our clients and caregivers first. We go above and beyond the call of duty to protect you and your loved ones by following the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety measures and best practices every time we interact with a client. COVID-19 is highly contagious and while we cannot eliminate all risk, we can mitigate risks for our clients and staff.
We also understand that you may have questions about what we’re doing to keep your family safe. For further questions, to request resources, or to inquire about home care services, contact Thrive USA Homecare today on our website or call (301) 882-4717