Securing a COVID-19 vaccination appointment has proven to be a challenge for many older adults who are eligible to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons.
The biggest bottleneck is the lack of vaccine supplies, but some older people are unfamiliar with the Internet and have trouble making appointments online. Elders from color communities are again falling victim to systemic problems that have led to restricted access to the country’s health system.
One question many readers who are currently eligible for vaccination ask themselves is where to get their shot when they have a home in another state. We are addressing this question in this week’s FAQ on Friday, as well as in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for people who have been vaccinated and exposed to the coronavirus.
Where should a person be vaccinated who is splitting time between Washington and another state?
Washingtoners fortunate enough to escape the darkness of winter for sunnier, warmer areas that are currently qualifying for a vaccination need to think about which state they will be vaccinated in.
People should get vaccinated in the county where they live, work and receive medical care. However, if they hibernate elsewhere, fall into the current stage and are here now, they can be vaccinated in Washington, said Franji Mayes, a state health department (DOH) spokesman.
If someone is vaccinated in another state and is back in Washington for their second dose, they need to make sure they get the same brand, either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, as the brands are not interchangeable, Mayes said.
“One state cannot always access registration records from another, so for their second dose they would have to bring their own copy of their medical record showing which vaccine they first received,” she said.
Do people who have been fully vaccinated need to be quarantined if exposed to the coronavirus?
The CDC recently updated its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the coronavirus who have received both doses of the two emergency vaccines currently approved in the US.
The updated guidance states that people will not need to be quarantined after exposure if they meet all three of these requirements:
- You are at least two weeks away from the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- You are within three months of the last dose.
- They have not shown any symptoms since exposure.
An individual who does not meet all three of the CDC’s criteria must follow current guidelines on quarantine after coronavirus exposure. If you’ve been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more, consider quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a coronavirus positive person.
Others who do not need to be quarantined after exposure to the coronavirus are those who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past three months, have recovered, and have not developed any new symptoms.
Even if fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be quarantined after coming into contact with someone positively infected with the coronavirus, they must continue the tried and tested public health recommendations to contain the spread of the virus, such as distance and regular the Wash your hands.
Scientists are still learning a lot about the vaccines, which were made and tested on a highly compressed timeline, leaving unanswered questions such as: B. whether a vaccinated person may still be infected and asymptomatic to transmit the virus.
“After you have been vaccinated, you are protected and the vaccine itself prevents you from getting sick. We’re not sure yet whether or not it will prevent the spread, ”said Dr. Angela Shen, a visiting scholar at the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. “Because of this, you should still be wearing a mask, you should still be socially aloof, you should be smart or logical about the types of behavior and decisions you make.”
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