The Latest COVID Vaccine Information

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Here is the latest information available to those who are interested in getting the covid vaccine. It is a long post.
Phased distribution of the vaccine:
New York State will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk.

Today, these New Yorkers eligible for vaccination as part of Phase 1A:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

As of January 4, 2021:

  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
    All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
  • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work ion hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
  • Registered Nurses
  • Specialty medical practices of all types
  • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
  • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
  • Physical Therapists and their staff
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
  • Home care workers
  • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Soon, following vaccinations for the health care sector New York will move to Phase 1B of the distribution, which will include:

  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People 75 and older

Determine if you are eligible for the vaccine:
Answer a series of simple questions to find out if you are eligible for the vaccine, and if you are, find out where you can make an appointment: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov
Facts about the vaccine from the New York State Office of Mental Health:

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is an important, safe and effective tool in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. Remember – COVID-19 is very serious, and can cause severe medical complications that lead to death in some people.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is by getting the vaccine as soon as possible and taking other precautions, including practicing social distancing, continuing to wear a mask, and washing your hands often and thoroughly.

How does the vaccine work?
The COVID-19 vaccine is delivered in two doses over the course of three to four weeks. The vaccine helps protect you by strengthening your immune system and helping it to recognize and fight the virus.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?
No. The COVID-19 vaccines being used in the U.S. don’t use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
Some people may have very mild side effects for a day or two after the vaccine. This does NOT mean you are sick - it’s a sign that your immune system is being activated to fight the virus. Side effects can include:

  • Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain
  • Chills

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have a history of severe allergic reactions?
If you have common allergies (e.g., cats/dogs, hay fever, dust or pollen), you should have no difficulties taking the vaccine. If you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable medications, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
While the vaccine is extremely effective in protecting the person who receives it, it may be possible for people who are exposed to COVID-19 to spread it to others, even if they themselves have been vaccinated and are immune.
Until we learn more, and to protect others and prevent the spread of COVID-19, you should continue to follow these precautions for avoiding the COVID-19 virus even after getting your vaccine:

  • Avoid close contact with others and maintain social distancing.
  • Continue to wear a mask.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.

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Article | by Dr. Radut