While vaccinations for COVID-19 are well underway, many people are still wondering when, where and how they will receive theirs. While these answers aren’t necessarily easy to come by, it is still important that, while you wait, you remain cautious, maintain good personal habits and take actions to reduce stress.
If you plan to be vaccinated, here are five things you can do right now:
Learn if you qualify for a vaccine: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended priority groups to help determine who should receive the vaccine first while supplies remain limited. It is important to know your priority group and determine when vaccines will be available.
Keep up with your state and local plans: While the CDC makes recommendations on prioritization, each state may have different eligibility rules, and those may change over time. Contact your local health department for more information about qualifications, schedules and other details.
Keep track of the VA’s plans: The VA knows how important it is to stay informed and is working closely with the CDC and other federal partners to efficiently provide vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel. Click here to receive VA updates.
Continue protecting yourself and others: The limited availability of vaccines means it is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask in public, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
Talk to your doctor: If you have questions about the vaccine and/or its effects, contact your health care provider – especially if you have concerns or doubts.