What we know about COVID-19 and our country’s response to it is constantly changing, as is the information surrounding vaccines and the vaccination process. With details and logistics continually shifting, it is essential to know where to look for updates, facts, and current information on vaccination rollout, the vaccines themselves, and COVID-19 in general.
The good news is the majority of our Skilled Nursing facility members and staff have received both doses of their vaccine, and many of our Assisted and Independent Living members and staff received their first doses on Monday, February 8th! So while you may have your personal vaccine plan figured out, knowing when and how your loved ones, co-workers, and others you see every day will get vaccinated is also essential. It is yet another key element on the long road to truly getting back to our new normal.
While this can all feel like a lot to take in — don’t worry. It’s okay to feel a bit overwhelmed by the process. I’ve got a few suggestions about how you and your loved ones can take control of staying informed without feeling too overloaded. Our mission at the Manor is to ensure our community members’ health, and one of the best ways to achieve that mission is to arm everyone with the best information possible.
Along with the information below, we will also post updates on our website and in our newsletters. Please, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here for you!
Check With Health Officials for More Information
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is an excellent resource for understanding all aspects of COVID-19, the vaccine, and the pandemic response.
- Here you can find information about the vaccines, most importantly which ones are approved. There is even a new vaccine awaiting approval right now, which shows how quickly things can change and improve. As more vaccines are developed and approved, this will affect the landscape of vaccine administration.
- While the priority list may be different for every state, the CDC currently recommends structuring vaccine rollout as follows:
- Healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents
- Frontline essential workers and people aged 75 years and older
- People aged 65 through 74 years and people aged 16 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions and other essential workers
- Be sure to check with state officials and health offices to determine your priority/qualification. The best resource for this is the Wisconsin Department of Health.
- In terms of which vaccine you will get, this is determined on a state-by-state basis. While there is not much difference in effectiveness between the two currently approved vaccines, the specific brand may impact the logistics and timetable of receiving the vaccine. Be sure to check which vaccine your state will be administering and how that affects your own vaccination.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
Vaccinations have already begun. To ensure you get properly vaccinated, keep checking in with the above resources. There are also a few additional points that should not be forgotten:
- Currently, both of the approved vaccines require two doses roughly three to four weeks apart. Once you get your first vaccination, it is essential that you know when and where you will be receiving your second one.
- It is very possible that you will need to be vaccinated roughly every six months to a year for COVID-19. Continue to check the resources we have listed to see how often you must be vaccinated and how these additional vaccine courses will be administered.
- There may be some side effects to the vaccines. These are minor side effects that are common with most vaccines. Continue to check the resources in this post, as this particular element of the vaccinations is still being explored.
- This link is an excellent resource for other questions about the vaccines, vaccinations, and the way all this will work: 8 Things to Know about the US COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
While we don’t have all the answers, I hope this information will help you stay apprised of this very important process. Information is power, and while it can be a chore to keep up with the ever-changing guidelines, precautions, procedures, and everything else, it is essential. Please remember that we are doing this together and we are doing this to protect those we care about most.
Communication and information is a crucial component of maintaining the health and safety of those we love. Please reach out to us anytime with concerns or questions about the vaccination process here at the Manor. Your health and safety and that of your loved ones are of the utmost importance to us.