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COVID-19 VACCINE FAQS

At SeniorBridge, your health and well-being continues to be our top priority during this COVID-19 health crisis. We know our clients and families have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine; below are answers to several Frequently Asked Questions. We also encourage you to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html for the latest information on the vaccine.

What you should know about the COVID-19 Vaccine 

Vaccines are an important tool to help communities fight the spread of COVID-19 -- and help people stay healthy.  However, widespread availability of a vaccine likely will not occur for many months.  Therefore, it is critically important to continue following the advice of health professionals in order to minimize the chances of catching or spreading the disease.  According to the CDC, wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands remain the best protections against the virus.  


 

Yes. There are currently two authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have both received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States, meaning that they can be made available to the public during the pandemic. There are three other COVID-19 vaccines in earlier stages of development in the United States.

According to the CDC, “There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available.”

Because of limited initial supply, the CDC has recommended that the vaccine be distributed in phases, beginning with those most at risk which includes healthcare workers, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

It is important to note that states are developing their own prioritization plans based on the CDC’s recommendations, so eligible groups may vary somewhat from state to state.

The CDC site has a tool that links to COVID vaccine information from every state and territory. Visit the CDC site, scroll down to the section that says: “How Do I Get a Vaccine?” and select your state from the drop-down menu.

According to the CDC, “The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.”

It is possible that you will experience some side effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, “After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection”. Common vaccine side effects highlighted by the CDC range from pain at the injection site to flu-like symptoms. For more information from the CDC on dealing with these symptoms and when to call the doctor, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

The COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered via injection. Some will require two doses to be effective, including the two vaccines that recently received Emergency Use Authorization. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will require two shots, administered about 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine will require two shots, administered about 28 days apart.

According to the CDC, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are reported to be about 94% to 95% effective in preventing COVID-19. Remember that you will not get full protection from just one dose of these vaccines. It is critical that you schedule and receive the second dose in order to receive the full vaccine protection.

If you have concerns due to your health status or a specific medical condition, consult with your doctor about whether the vaccine is appropriate for you, and the safest way to get it.

If you have an underlying or chronic medical condition, make sure you are in communication with your doctor during this pandemic. Getting these conditions well-managed, by staying on top of your preventative and regular medical care, will help to manage your health risk during this pandemic. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself while awaiting the availability of the vaccine. Your SeniorBridge Care Manager or Caregiver can assist with setting up an appointment with your doctor.

Yes. All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines will be covered at no additional cost during the public health emergency.

Please visit the CDC’s website for the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.

DISCLAIMER:
This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional.  If you are in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, please dial 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately