There are initial reports that new treatment options may be available for COVD-19. This doesn’t mean a vaccine is available, but Russia’s President Putin announced less than two weeks ago that they had developed one.
At the moment, it seems only a matter of time before a vaccine is readily available against the coronavirus. But, as most people realize, having a vaccine doesn’t mean it’s going to be available to everyone, at least not right away. What do seniors, especially those dependent on extra care, do when a vaccine does become available?
The main concern involves availability during the initial months. As a recent survey found, a majority of Americans acknowledge and accept that health care workers and aging men and women should be first in line to receive a vaccine, when it becomes available.
As reported by Alexandra Kelley, writing for The Hill in the blog, Health care workers, seniors should be first to get a COVID-19 vaccine: poll:
“From Aug. 14-16, researchers asked 1,399 U.S. adults in a representative sample which demographics they thought should be considered a priority to receive coronavirus vaccinations.
Seventy-three percent said that health care workers should be given the first rounds of vaccines, with another 71 percent saying seniors should receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine first. Immunocompromised individuals, essential workers, and police and fire rescue teams were also considered for priority vaccine status.
While the race for a coronavirus vaccine continues around the world, there will initially not be enough for everyone to be immediately vaccinated, according to Axios. In that event, methods of rationing, including allocating available doses to other countries and organizing vaccine recipients in terms of a risk-based system, will be required when a vaccine becomes available.”
There are many components one needs to understand and accept with regard to vaccines, especially ones that are rushed to market so quickly. As with the flu vaccine, it may not be 100 percent effective at preventing somebody from getting the virus.
People will still need to be diligent to wash their hands, socially distance when possible, and protect aging seniors who have vulnerable immune systems. Currently, millions of aging seniors are feeling isolated and frustrated not being able to meet with family and friends or pursue activities they enjoy.
Whether a vaccine becomes available before the end of the year or sometime in 2021, it’s clear that the majority of Americans agree: seniors and healthcare workers should be first in line to receive that vaccination. Then they may be able to return to some semblance of normalcy, which would be a breath of fresh air.