What Elderly Individuals Should Know About the COVID Vaccine

After months of patiently waiting, the COVID vaccine is here! Yet, with the news moving a mile a minute, it can be especially hard for elderly individuals to parse through all of the incoming vaccine information. Luckily, we have compiled a list of common questions and answers for those seniors itching to get inoculated. 

How much does the vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free of charge! All you need to do is sign up with the correct provider, and you should be good to go. 

How can I schedule an appointment?

The best way to get the COVID vaccine is to check your local state and county guidelines. Often, this includes scheduling an appointment online. If this research feels daunting, you can always check with your home care agency, like home health care from Expicare, or healthcare network. There might be support that can help connect you to an appointment.

How many shots will I receive?

The vaccine shot amount depends on which type of injection you receive. While the Pfizer and Moderna are both two shots, the newest Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only a single dose. 

Which vaccine will I be receiving?

It should be noted that, although there are a variety of vaccine options, you do not get to choose which one you receive. That decision will be made by your provider on the day of the vaccination. 

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Just like the regular flu shot, the side effects can vary from person to person. It has been reported that you may have pain in your arm after the shot is administered. Some have also reported feelings of lethargy, headache, fever, and chills.

It should also be noted that the second shots of Modena and Pfizer tend to have more side effects than the first. So, as a precaution, you might want to take it easy and not schedule anything for two days after your second shot. 

When I am immune?

Contrary to popular belief, you are not fully inoculated after your second shot. It typically takes 2-3 full weeks after receiving your final dose in order for your immunity and antibodies to fully develop. 

Will the vaccine protect me from COVID?

Yes. Tests have found that the COVID-19 vaccine protects from the adverse strains of the coronavirus. This means that getting vaccinated is a sure way to protect yourself from the heavier side effects of COVID.