Your senior may not get the COVID-19 vaccine right away, even if they live in a long-term care facility. It all depends on the amount allocated to your county by the state.
According to the CDC, once a week, the federal government
announces anticipated allocation figures for each state. The number of allocated doses provided by the federal government is a projection and subject to change.
For instance, my county was given 3,000 doses by Jan. 13. This allocation doesn’t meet the need as our vulnerable population totals two times more than the state average.
Keep a record of the vaccinations with this.
The CDC is recommending that the vaccine be administered in three initial phases:
- Healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents
- Frontline essential workers and people aged 75 and older
- People aged 65—74 years; People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions and other essential workers.
|PHASE #1||PHASE #2||PHASE #3|
|Healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents||Frontline essential workers and people aged 75 and older||People aged 65—74 years; People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions and other essential workers.|
What should you do next?
1. Check these resources for local information.
- Call your local 2-1-1 (county-funded resource information line) and ask how to get your senior a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Check in with your senior’s doctor’s office.
- Contact with your state health office and see how and where they are administering the vaccine.
- AARP provides state-specific vaccine information.
2.Make sure your senior’s advance directive and medical proxy form is accessible by storing it in a medical document planner. Partners administering the vaccine may require verbal, email or written consent from recipients or their medical advocate/proxy.
The CDC states that with most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
Keep track of your vaccinations with a medical document planner.
Download the CDC’s vaccine fact sheet for more answers.
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Author Debbie McDonald is founder of Ways & Wane and lives in Norther California with her husband.