COVID Vaccine? Help!
What to do? Is it Right for you?
The emergence of the COVID-19 vaccine comes with a lot of mixed emotions. Some view it as a cure to this long pandemic-driven quarantine and the first step toward some sense of normality, with hopes to once again hug grandchildren and dine with friends without worry. The goal of the vaccine is that if enough people are immunized, then herd immunity would be achieved.
No Thank You!
Others are skeptical about the vaccine, as it was rushed through quality control in efforts to speed FDA approval. Its unknown territory leaves wonder about potential side effects among other concerns.
So what is the correct choice? And HOW do you choose what’s best for you?
Consider Your Specific Situation
Well, the ultimate decision should be yours. Social media posts will try to sway you one way or another. There are strong opinions circling throughout, and it is difficult to know which information is best to review.
Deciding if the COVID-19 vaccine is appropriate is a personal decision. Some things to consider:
Are you in a high-risk environment? The vaccine was made available initially to healthcare workers followed by nursing home residents because of the elevated risk of contracting the COVID-19 vaccine. Think about your environment. How likely are you to contract COVID-19?
Do you have a potential allergic reaction risk for the vaccine? Are you allergic to other vaccines? If so, you may want to discuss this risk with your healthcare provider.
Do you have a decreased immune system? Perhaps you are undergoing cancer therapy, immunocompromised, asthma, or other health issues? Then it is important to speak to your healthcare provider and discuss the pros and cons of the vaccine. Your healthcare provider may explain that he or she feels you are high-risk for COVID-19 complications and should receive the vaccine immediately. Or they may recommend the opposite.
How old are you? The vaccine is typically being made available to individuals 65 years and older. This is often the highest age population at risk of experiencing severe complications once COVID is contracted.
Lifestyle: You may be feeling stuck at home, and scared to go out because of fear of contracting COVID19. The vaccine may offer some sense of safety comfort to you.
There is a lot to think about when deciding whether or not the COVID vaccine is currently right for you. Talk to your healthcare provider.
How and Where Do You Get the Vaccine?
If you have made the decision to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, how do you physically obtain it? Different cities and states are disbursing the vaccine in different ways. Some have clinics available throughout the city and some are being offered through healthcare systems or hospital systems. Many require online registration and portal registration to be eligible for the vaccine. Individuals who are not very familiar with computers or do not have access to a computer may find this especially challenging. If you need assistance locating or registering for the vaccine, a patient advocate like myself can help. Contact me today!