By this time, some senior citizens must have been vaccinated already against COVID 19 as roll outs of the vaccine started late last year. Seniors aging 75 years old and above are among the second group that should be vaccinated. According to the list of priority groups to be vaccinated of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, health care workers and long-term facility residents are on top of the list. Seniors aging 65 to 74 years old comprise the third batch.
With the many myths and misconceptions about COVID 19 vaccines, the right information should reach our senior citizens to cast off doubts. Indeed, with the vulnerability of older adults to diseases, they should go for the vaccination by all means. Here’s what seniors should know before about COVID 19 vaccines before going to vaccination venues:
COVID 19 Vaccination Is No Different to Other Vaccines
Just like anti-flu and anti-measles vaccines that, for sure, you have already experienced, COVID 19 vaccine works the same way. It increases our immune response against the disease. You will not get COVID 19 because of the vaccine. Instead, it increases your immunity against the coronavirus. Different vaccines for various diseases save millions of lives each year. That is what COVID 19 vaccines will do.
COVID 19 Vaccines Are Safe
A vaccine becomes available to the public if it has been proven safe and effective. Pfizer and Moderna, among other coronavirus vaccines, have undergone clinical tests and passed rigid standards before they are approved as COVID 19 vaccines. Before a vaccine is approved, it should pass through various organizations such as the National Institute for Health, the National Academy for Sciences, and Food and Drug Administration.
Survivors from COVID 19 Should Still Be Vaccinated
Seniors and anybody else who recovered from the coronavirus is still advised to get COVID 19 vaccinations. It is no guarantee that the natural immunity you got after your infection will last. There is still no study about that. But if reports are true, there are cases of some people getting re-infected with the virus. This makes it safer to take the vaccinations even if you were infected before.
Consult Your Doctor Before Vaccination Takes Place
It is very important to consult your doctor before getting vaccinated. This way, they can perform a test and determine if you are in good condition to be vaccinated at the moment. You can postpone the vaccination until you are stable.
Things to Do During Vaccination
When in the vaccination facility, you still have to practice the basic health protocols. You should maintain physical distancing of about 6 feet. You should also be wearing your face mask. Refrain from touching surfaces such as tables and chairs. While it is the vaccination venue, it does not guarantee that it is COVID 19 safe.
Wait for 2 Weeks Before Other Vaccines
When you had just been COVID 19 vaccinated, wait for 14 days before getting other vaccines such as anti-flu and anti-shingles. This is also when you had other vaccines. You have to wait for 14 days before taking the COVID 19 vaccine. There may be allergic reactions to the COVID 19 vaccine, so taking other vaccines may complicate the discomfort.
Get a Vaccination Card
After completing the two doses of vaccines, you should ask for a vaccination card to prove that you are through with your vaccination. This will have many benefits. You may be allowed to go to some places when you need to, although you will have to practice health protocols even if you are through with your vaccination.
You should also ask for an e-copy of the fact sheet about the vaccine that has been used on you. This will help you know more about the vaccine, its side effects, and benefits.
Complete Your Vaccination
You are advised to get the two shots of the vaccine even if you get some allergic reactions. But if your doctor says otherwise, you may desist from taking the second dose. You should understand that vaccines do not work immediately. It may take up to one week before it takes effect.
There may be some news that is making you feel scared from being vaccinated. Talk to your doctor and if there is no reason not to be vaccinated, you should proceed. Remember that when you are vaccinated, you are not only preventing yourself from contracting the disease but your loved ones as well.