It may have been more than a year since you have been able to see someone you love. The elderly community, particularly those in facilities, have been greatly affected by the global pandemic. Many facilities have had no guests through their front doors since March of 2020. Now, with vaccines becoming available, it seems as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This article will outline what you or a loved one needs to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Who Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccination?
Georgia residents who fall in the 65+ age range are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. The state of Georgia has formed a multi-step plan that will consist of phasing in the vaccine. The first phase will allow healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities and law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders to receive the vaccine.
How Can A Person Get the Vaccine?
If you are eligible, you can find information on the site locations list online here. As supplies increase, the vaccine will be offered in a variety of locations across Georgia, including doctor’s offices, federally qualified health centers, health clinics, retail pharmacies and mobile clinics. Georgia residents are being encouraged to call their local health departments for assistance with scheduling an appointment for the vaccine.
After Getting Vaccinated
After receiving both rounds (there are two) of the vaccination, individuals should still proceed with caution. Masks should still be worn and social distancing should still be adhered to. The vaccine is just one tool that can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. According to the CDC, it could take months for the population to build up immunity.
One thing everyone can agree on is that this pandemic has impacted everyone’s lives in some way. Here at Orchard at Brookhaven we have stood by our residents’ sides every step of the way. If you think a community like the one we offer could be the right place for someone you love, please contact us today.