It’s a struggle for older people to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Here are some ideas for you if you or a loved one are in this situation.
Here are some hints from CNN Health to assist you:
What to do
First, start with a call to your primary care doctor. They can confirm which phase you should be in — definitions can change from state to state — and give you an idea of when vaccinations are expected to begin in your local community health and hospital systems.
Next, check the Covid-19 vaccination page on your state health department’s website. Most have links to county-level appointment sites where you can sign up, and emails where you can direct questions.
For those who are less internet savvy, each state also provides a phone number. Be patient, experts suggest, as the lines are often busy.
AARP also posted an article with some hope for returning to normalcy – If enough Americans do get vaccinated, the country is likely to return to “a considerable degree of normality” in the second half of 2021, says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He recently cautioned that masks and social distancing measures are likely to stick around for much of 2021 but said he was optimistic about the vaccines in development.
Ms. Jenn Landers | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC Edited by Dr. Justin Groode