What the Covid-19 Vaccine means for Visiting at risk loved ones
The Covid-19 vaccine has made people skeptical in whether or not they still feel safe around others. Most of the people by now, have gotten the vaccine and don’t have to worry about getting really sick as well as others around them sick.
The CDC states that after getting the vaccine people can remain doing normal activities now and no facial mask are required anymore. If someone is fully vaccinated, they can attend events and visit loved ones.
The real question is, is it actually safe to visit a sick loved one with a chronic illness. People with medical condition have a very weak immune system and is hard to know if the vaccine fully protects against these people.
We are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine like Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or two weeks after receiving the single dose vaccine from Johnson and Johnson/Jansen.
COVID-19 vaccines provide protection, but it’s very important to follow CDC recommendations when visiting those who have an increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
Vaccines are very affective, which is why in this case it all depends on the health issues the loved one has. Their physician can give them the overall say so if it is safe for vaccinated loved ones visiting them or not.
What precautions should seniors at risk do
Seniors that have a chronic illness who still may not feel safe around people with the vaccine can always wear their face covering, maintain 6-feet apart, continue a healthy lifestyle. Covid-19 is still a very fast spreading virus that could still be transmitted even though someone may have the vaccine. It is very important to still maintain some precautions when out in public.
Everyone is still waiting and reviewing the vaccine effectiveness, which is why it is best to still remain a distance around people and wear a mask out in public, unfortunately many seniors could still get the virus.
Rules for nursing homes
A lot of nursing, hospice care and senior living have certain rules and regulation when it comes to Covid-19. Even though they may be vaccinated as well as their loved ones, they still have to follow strict CDC guidelines. This is to maintain the seniors in a safe environment without risks of them getting sick.
Risk for seniors
A lot seniors suffer from other chronic illnesses that could potentially become worse if they catch Covid-19. People within the ages 50 and up are at risk for still getting the virus even though they are vaccinated.
The person that suffers from an illness and Covid-19 combined could lead to hospitalization, intensive care and ventilator care.
There is not 100% guarantee in ensuring that no one will get the virus just because mostly everyone is vaccinated. It is important to continue to take precaution when visiting loved ones with or without the covid-19 vaccine.
Consider the different levels of risking your life when deciding in interacting with loved one. Here is help guide to better determine what circumstances needs to be taken.
-How many people will be at the event?
-Are you going to be able to maintain six feet apart with these people?
-Will this take place outside or inside?
-Will loved ones or others be wearing a mask?
Avoiding big crowds for a senior would be the best option, it is up to the physician and the person to decide whether they think it is safe for them to join family gatherings and visit loved ones that have the vaccine.
If you are still looking to get vaccinated and are getting hospice services, reach out for more information regarding vaccine provider distribution.
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