In Florida, those 65 and older are now eligible for the vaccine. Some of you may have already received your first shot, while others are still waiting for your first dose from either Pfizer or Moderna, which have been approved with more than 95% and 90% efficacy, respectively. If you have yet to schedule your appointment, now is the time. The data collected shows that mortality rates are higher for patients ages 65 and older, whose immune systems and bodies may be weaker than younger populations.
It is of utmost importance to remember if you have already received your first dose, it’s still not time to let out a sigh of relief. Estimates indicate that the first shot is only 80% effective at preventing symptoms from COVID-19. This is far from a bulletproof vest, and seniors should wait until they receive their follow-up dose to resume riskier activities.
It is crucial to remain vigilant as vaccine rollouts could potentially lure both elderly and younger populations into a false sense of security. Mask-wearing and hand-washing are both still vital during this time as it is unclear whether or not those who have the antibodies or have received vaccinations can still transmit the virus to those who are not protected. It’s also easy to forget that it’s still flu season, which disproportionately threatens the health and well-being of senior populations.
As always, Granny Nannies is here to help in any way we can to 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. We’re on call 24/7 to assist with a variety of needs, reducing risk during the pandemic, and drastically improving the quality of life for elderly patients and their families. Visit grannynannies.com to learn more about our available services and to arrange a free virtual consultation.