Eligible Individuals Should Get Vaccinated
Getting all Americans vaccinated is our only true hope for returning to normalcy in the United States. Supplies are currently limited and restricted to certain populations, including health care workers, the elderly, and those with certain medical conditions, but more vaccines are on the way. While we are waiting to get vaccinated, there are several steps each of us can take to slow the spread: (1) wear a mask, (2) stay 6 feet apart, and (3) avoid crowds.
The CDC has outlined “8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program”. A number of key points are summarized below.
- COVID-19 vaccines are one of the most important tools to help us stop this pandemic.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.
- There is currently a limited supply of vaccine in the U.S. but more are on the way.
- CDC has made recommendations for who should receive the vaccine first; check the policies of your individual state to learn when you can become eligible.
- Vaccines have gone through rigorous review and have been approved by the FDA, meaning that they are both safe and effective.
- Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. dollars are free to Americans, however in some cases vaccination providers may charge an administration fee which can be reimbursed by your insurance company.
- After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects, this is a normal sign that your body is building protection.
For more information, visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Website, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html