As the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer has recently been approved for emergency use authorization from the FDA, there is a multitude of information across media outlets surrounding the vaccine that may be confusing or conflicting. We’ve compiled information directly from the CDC to inform our readers of quick facts surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine so they may be properly equipped with accurate information.
- The first phase of vaccine distribution will go to healthcare personnel and long-term care residents which includes our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents and all of our community associates. As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed. Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease.
- There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals and federally qualified health centers.
- After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
- Data has shown that the Pfizer vaccine starts working soon after the first dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose. This means that about 95% of people who get the vaccine are protected from becoming seriously ill with the virus.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC’s website or the FDA’s website. Our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents and all community associates are expected to receive the vaccine as soon as Monday, December 28, 2020. However, we will provide updates as they arise on our COVID-19 updates webpage in addition to our communities’ individual Facebook pages.