Since March 2020, COVID-19 has changed daily routines, made us take extraordinary precautions around our loved ones, and forced us to become experts in hand sanitizer application. Now, after months of anticipation, science has delivered! The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out and already being administered. Whether this is your first time hearing about the vaccine distribution plans or if you have been following along, here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Does it protect me against getting COVID-19?
The COVID-19 vaccine will protect you against the virus and decrease transmission rates throughout the country and world. There will still be a small chance of contracting the virus but it is unlikely to happen. In the instance it does, symptoms would be milder. The goal is to ensure that people are avoiding hospitalization and long-term effects, which all three currently available vaccines do well.
Recently there has been some misinformation spreading about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccines in general. You can read all about the myths and facts of the COVID-19 vaccines here to make sure that you can make an informed decision!
Where can I get it?
Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine may vary depending on where you are located, but the good news is that there will probably be multiple vaccine locations. The CDC has created a helpful form to fill out that provides you with COVID-19 vaccinations near you.
How much will it cost?
The COVID-19 vaccine is free! Well, paid for by U.S taxpayer dollars, but you do not need to pay anything when your time has come for the vaccine. No insurance? No problem. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund has you and your provider covered.
When can I get my vaccine?
The vaccine is in high demand so the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have created a list of recommendations for those who should be vaccinated first. At the top of the list are frontline essential workers and people over 75, then people between ages 65-74 and ages 16-64 who have medical conditions that increase their risk of COVID-19. It is important to stay up to date on the vaccine distribution in your state and county. Here is a handy calculator that helps to determine when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in your location.
We hope that the information and links provided will help you make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and stay healthy. At Progressive Spine & Rehab Center, we’re always here to help you live your best and healthiest life. Getting routine nutritional counseling and chiropractic care are great ways to stay healthy and take care of your body. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.