Following one of the most stressful (and deadly) years in history, 2020 is finally coming to a close. And thankfully, the end to the COVID-19 pandemic is near on the horizon. Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have been approved with more than 95% and 94.1% efficacy respectively, and doses have already begun to be administered to health care and essential front line workers. Populations 74+ have also been approved for Phase 1 vaccinations, delivered in two shots one month apart. So should the elderly arrange to be vaccinated?
The CDC says yes, as long as they do not have any strong allergies to the vaccine. Elderly populations are at the highest risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19, including death. Mortality rates are higher for patients ages 65 and older, whose immune systems and bodies may be weaker than younger populations. Therefore, they are most in need for protection from a virus that disproportionately poses a graver risk to their age group.
Seniors can arrange to receive vaccinations as early as January 1st by reaching out to their primary care physicians. While the first shot will provide patients with some degree of protection against the virus, the follow-up shot one month later will provide full immunity in almost all instances. Immunity that will help prevent the spread of the virus as well as many deaths and health complications.
As always, Granny Nannies is here to help maintain the health and safety of elderly populations. Our certified care technicians can assist with doctor’s calls and appointments, and are available to bring seniors to and from facilities to receive their shots. Visit grannynannies.com to learn more about our comprehensive list of available services and to arrange a free virtual consultation.
We look forward to working with you in the near future and hope you enjoy a very Happy New Year!