As states and cities across the country expand eligibility for the Coronavirus vaccine, you might be wondering: when will I get the COVID vaccine? How do I qualify? There are a variety of factors that contribute to who qualifies for the COVID -19 vaccine. We at Freedom Home Care have put together a helpful list of questions to assist those looking to get vaccinated determine if they qualify. Read more below.
Are you a healthcare or essential worker?
The CDC first announced when the vaccine became available, it would be offered to essential workers first. This was recommended because healthcare workers have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. This makes them more likely to contract the virus. The CDC offers a full list of essential occupations that you can view under the tab “Vaccines” and sub tab “Information for Different Groups”.
Do you live in a long-term care facility?
As a resident of a nursing home or long-term care facility, you are also in the early phase of vaccine distribution. Long term care facility residents include adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services. These services include medical and personal care. It also includes persons who are unable to live independently.
Are you 65 or older?
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. The CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older are one of the first groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines. You can find a location for the COVID vaccine Illinois on the state’s Coronavirus response website.
Are you immune compromised?
According to the CDC, adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Just last month Illinois added that those under the age of 65 with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, pulmonary disease, smoking, heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, cancer, solid organ transplants, sickle cell disease and those who are pregnant are now eligible.
As a member of the general public, you aren’t at high risk for COVID-19. This unfortunately means that you are not within the first few groups for vaccinations. There are precautions you can take in the meantime to protect you and your loved ones from the virus. Be sure to wear a mask, avoiding large gatherings, and maintain handwashing and social distancing whenever possible.
If after reading our questionnaire you have found that you do qualify for the vaccine, then visit the CDC website to find a location near you. Appointments fill up quickly and keep in mind that you may have to travel to find an appointment. If you have further questions regarding COVID-19, feel free to contact us at Freedom Home Care today.