In November, two Covid-19 vaccines made it to the final testing phase with promising interim clinical data. The vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna are now being tested for approval by different governments across the world. As we await final clearances to use the Covid-19 vaccines, many people are wondering what comes next.
When Can I Get My Covid-19 Vaccine?
As it stands now, the two Covid-19 vaccines are in the final phases of efficacy trials, and expected to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Both of the vaccines are currently being reviewed by the FDA, while the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use and distribution in the United Kingdom.
Who Is Eligible to Get the Vaccine First?
The vaccine is still being approved by the FDA, but health experts have suggested that the first people to receive the vaccine should be the most vulnerable: frontline care workers and people living in nursing homes.
Should I Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19?
You need to discuss getting a Covid-19 vaccination with your doctor but getting vaccinated against the coronavirus will help improve community health by curbing the spread of the disease.
Do I Need a Covid-19 Vaccine if I’ve Already Recovered From the Virus?
Yes, because the antibodies that combat Covid-19 are only in your system for a few months after you’ve recovered, and there have been numerous documented accounts of people contracting the virus more than once.
How Will the Vaccine Stop the Pandemic?
A Covid-19 vaccination will help curb the spread of the coronavirus in a couple of key ways. First, it helps reduce the effects of severe symptoms, which play a key role in Covid-19 related mortalities. Additionally, a vaccine will help us reach herd immunity after a certain density of patients have taken the vaccine. When enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, the germs can’t travel as easily from person to person — and the entire community is less likely to get the disease.
How Much Will a Vaccine Cost Me?
The cost of the vaccine has not yet been determined, but Americans are expected to pay very little out of pocket to access the vaccine because of the significant amount of federal funding. To find out the exact cost of the vaccine, call your primary care physician or insurance representative to gather more specific details.
Can I Stop Wearing a Mask After I’ve Been Vaccinated?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that a vaccine is only one component of the strategy to control the spread of the coronavirus and save lives. Wearing your mask, social distancing and avoiding large crowds of people are still valid measures to defeat Covid-19. You need to keep practicing these healthy preventative habits until the vaccine has been distributed to enough people to create herd immunity. Quarantine restrictions and adaptive behaviors will eventually be lifted, but we all must remain patient and vigilant as the vaccine is distributed.
Speak with Your Doctor
Vaccines play a key role in controlling the spread of diseases and protecting our communities. Consult your primary care physician to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccines and your eligibility. Your doctor will help you better understand your risk level and guide you through the steps you need to get vaccinated.