Where & When Can I Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Everybody is asking, although definitive answers are few and confusing.  Here’s what I know:  

The vaccine is currently being administered in a phased approach.  With a limited number of doses available, priority is given to health care personnel, followed by residents of long-term care facilities.  Subsequent priority groups are based on guidance from public health officials.

The over 55 community where I live is administering vaccines beginning with those who are over 75.  When that group is done they will move on to those over 65 and so forth.

In time, there will be more widespread availability of the vaccine and more sites will be open for inoculations.  Two companies are currently offering the vaccine . . . Pfizer and Moderna.  Both vaccines require two shots.  Moderna shots will be administered 28 days apart while Pfizer’s two doses will be given 21 days apart.  Both companies state that immunity is about 95%.

Several other companies including Johnson & Johnson are developing one-shot dosages. Stay tuned!!!

5 Things To Know About the Covid-19 Vaccine

Where Can Seniors Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

To Californians in general: Click on the following link to learn who’s covered in each phase; get links to each county’s plan and available locations by county; and find out the estimated start dates of later phases: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#When-can-I-get-vaccinated.

If you live in Orange County, Seniors 65 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by appointment only through the County of Orange’s vaccine and management app. To register to be notified when the County’s app “Othena” has appointments available, visit https://othena.com/individuals.php. I tried the Othena site and found it to be overloaded and often unresponsive. Patience!!!

Many over 55 communities are offering their own programs. Residents of these communities should check their websites and newsletters. That’s how I got my appointment.

Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center have open times for the administration of the vaccine. Make sure to check with them. I encourage you to be proactive in your search. Read your local newspaper. Watch local television. Be patient. Your time will come.

The COVID-19 Vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization.

This means that the vaccine meets many strict criteria on quality, safety, and efficacy. Many years of coronavirus research has gone into what appears to be a quick development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Despite problems and delays, vaccination is proceeding in the U.S. with roughly 5.6% of the population having received at least one dose of vaccine. First doses are now being administered at a rate of 1.1 million per day. A steady rate over 1 million is required to achieve herd immunity by the end of summer. Again, be patient. Your time will come.

The Vaccine is Available at NO Cost.

You’ll be able to receive the vaccine at no cost and without a doctor’s referral. It’s likely that, down the road, there may be a cost for the vaccine (like a flu shot), but not now.

Don’t Forget about the Others!!!

With Covid-19 vaccines dominating the news, there are a number of other inoculations that can protect adults against common diseases that are also very important.

  • Pneumonia: A single vaccine for all adults 65+
  • Flu: An annual vaccine for everyone; adults 65+ may want a high-does version
  • Shingles: Two doses of Shingrix, two to six months apart for all adults over 50.
  • TDAP: One time vaccine for adults who didn’t have the shot as an adolescent; it protects against whooping cough, (pertussis).
  • TD: Booster: Every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.

Vaccine Outcomes are Regularly Monitored by Public Health Agencies.

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are safe. The CDC and FDA are closely monitoring side effects and adverse outcomes on an ongoing basis.

I hope you found this information valuable.  The findings in this newsletter are current as of 01/27/2021.  Stay tuned as things will surely change.

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Yours in health,