Adults over the age of 65 have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. With the COVID-19 vaccine beginning to be distributed across the American population, older adults are among the first group to be eligible to receive the vaccine. Being an at-risk population, the importance of immunization is especially important for older adults.
You and your loved ones may have further questions about the vaccine. Here is some information that older adults should know about the COVID-19 vaccine and continuing to protect yourself after receiving it.
Side Effects of the Vaccine
Side effects from vaccines are normal signs that your body is building protection against the virus. Though these may affect your ability to do daily activities, they should go away in a few days.
Some common side effects include pain and swelling at the injection site—your arm may feel heavy and sore for the next few days. Throughout the rest of your body, you can experience fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.
The importance of continuing social distancing
Even after receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, it’s still important to practice social distancing techniques, wear face masks, and practice proper hygiene. It is unclear whether vaccines prevent transmission of COVID-19.
It’s important to remain vigilant in protecting yourself and others. At this point and time, it is unknown how long someone remains immune to COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine. If we are to achieve herd immunity, we must continue to socially distance until the vaccine is more widely distributed.
Happier at Home prioritizes keeping your loved one safe and independent in the comfort of their own homes. Our caregivers continue to wear masks, hand-wash, wear gloves, and distance when able to.