As coronavirus immunizations are rolled out in senior living communities across the country, it’s important for seniors and their loved ones to feel confident in their knowledge of the COVID-19 vaccine so they can make informed decisions about getting vaccinated.
“With so much misinformation circulating in the media, many individuals, including seniors, are wary about receiving the vaccine,” said Sharon MaGuire, Senior Vice President of Wellness, Care and Quality at Eclipse Senior Living. “At Eclipse Senior Living, it is our job to ensure our residents and their families are as informed as possible about the immunization process so they feel safe and supported in their decisions during this critical time.”
Below are answers to five commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine that will help seniors and their families confidently explore vaccination.
1.) Is the vaccine safe?
The FDA conducted an open and transparent review of both COVID-19 vaccines that included input from independent scientific and public health experts, and a thorough evaluation by the agency’s career scientists to ensure that the vaccines met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality.Additionally, more than 18,000 individuals received the vaccine through clinical studies , which led to the FDA’s determination that the vaccines are safe and effective.
2.) Who will administer the vaccine?
Communities are partnering with local pharmacies to administer these vaccines safely and efficiently. All pharmacy personnel are trained and certified according to their state-specific regulations, and they will all be wearing masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) while on site.
3.) Will communities still require face masks and physical distancing after the vaccination clinics?
Vaccination is just one component of the overall solution to reduce and eliminate the spread of COVID-19, and, for this reason, all communities will still require face masks and physical distancing immediately after vaccination. After a vaccine is given, it typically takes a few weeks for it to provide optimal protection against infection. Additionally, both COVID-19 vaccines require two shots, given approximately three to four weeks apart , in order to be effective. Knowing this, Eclipse Senior Living will continue to ask all residents and associates to follow onsite safety protocols.
4.) Will I experience symptoms after getting the vaccine?
According to the CDC, vaccines, like any medication, can cause side effects. The most common side effects are mild and include fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches, and bone/joint aches. Symptoms experienced by subjects in the clinical trials were likely to resolve within three days of vaccination and within 1-2 days of onset. That said, it is not possible to contract the novel coronavirus from the COVID-19 vaccine.
5. ) Where can I learn more about the vaccine?
The CDC continues to be an important source of information for a variety of topics, questions and concerns related to COVID-19, including vaccination. Below are some helpful links for reference:
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
- Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines
- How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
- Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19 Vaccines
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Eclipse Senior Living is committed to doing its part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our efforts to keep our communities safer today and beyond.