Now that there are several authorized vaccines in the United States, and therefore in Puerto Rico, there are eight important pieces of information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) that every citizen who wants to be well informed should to know.
First, COVID-19 Vaccine Safety is Top Priority. The vaccine safety system in the United States ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible.
CDC created a new tool, v-safe, as an additional safety control measure, to improve our ability to quickly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new post-vaccination health checker for smartphones that can be installed by people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Secondly, vaccination against COVID-19 will help protect you from contracting the virus. Depending on the specific vaccine you receive, you should have a second injection 3-4 weeks after the first to have the maximum protection that the vaccine can offer against this serious disease.
Third, CDC is developing recommendations on who should be offered the vaccine first against COVID-19 if supplies are limited. These recommendations include healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities first.
In fourth place, currently the supply of vaccines against COVID-19 is limited in the United States, but will be increasing in the coming weeks and months.The goal is to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible to everyone as soon as large enough quantities are available.
Once more vaccines are available, the plan is for several thousand vaccination providers to offer the COVID-19 vaccine in federally rated doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers.
In fifth place, You may have some side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It is normal, and it is a sign that your body is generating protection.
Side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine can look like flu symptoms and could even affect your ability to complete your daily activities, but they should go away within a few days.
Sixth, cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Citizens will receive doses of vaccines purchased with taxpayer money at no cost. However, vaccine providers may charge a fee to administer the injection. Vaccine providers can be reimbursed for this charge by the patient’s public or private insurance company.
In seventh place, the first COVID-19 vaccines are being applied under emergency use authorizations (USA) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are many other vaccines in development and clinical trials.
In eighth and last place, COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help stop this pandemic. According to the CDC, it is important that everyone continues to use all of the tools available to help stop this pandemic while learning more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real life conditions.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around other people, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands frequently.