Why Vaccinations Against COVID-19 Are Our Best Option

COVID-19 vaccines are being carefully scrutinized and studied, even though the rate of processing them has been unusually fast. And in such unprecedented times, the benefits of being vaccinated against this potentially fatal disease, according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) show promise as the best way to maintain and fight the spread of COVID-19.

Getting both doses (they are required to be two or three weeks apart) of the vaccine may:

  • Help significantly reduce your chances of developing COVID-19.
  • Protect others around you from contracting COVID-19, thus helping save lives.
  • Create within you an anti-body response without developing the COVID-19 illness.
  • Slow down the pandemic spread of COVID-19.
  • Help protect you from severe illness, although it is only part of the battle. The standard ways that you can help protect yourself and your family still apply, like socially distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent handwashing, which are all integral parts in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Operation Warp Speed,” is already making vaccines available to adults, although it is not clear when children will be eligible to start receiving the vaccine. Those qualified to provide the vaccine will include hospitals, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and federally qualified health centers.

The CDC is constantly monitoring the latest news, updates, and risks associated with the vaccine. It is an important source to check back with frequently. As with all vaccines, there are continued risk factors for some patients. Always, check with your physician and discuss allergies with your allergist and/or pharmacist before getting vaccinated.

You should continue to wear a mask even after being vaccinated when around others you are not living with. Remain at least six feet from others, and continue to frequently wash your hands for at least 60 seconds. For those that believe that they have been exposed, they should remain in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and should reevaluate their situation with their doctor after the 10-day quarantine is completed.

For more information, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.