If you are not eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19, then you will live in the United States soon.
All 50 states plan to open vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 years and older, and several states such as Alaska, Mississippi and Georgia have already done so. According to President Joe Biden, 90% of adult Americans will be eligible for vaccination by April 19.
Although the supply of vaccines has increased over time, the demand still exceeds the vaccines available in many places, especially in densely populated areas. People in big cities liken the attempt to get vaccination appointments to trying to buy online tickets for concerts of truly popular bands. (Remember those days?)
Here are some tips to help you get a full vaccination-to restore your life to a more normal level than in the past year.
How to get the vaccine
You almost always need to make an appointment, and a good starting point for appointing someone is your state or county health department. The CNN article has links to the websites of all state health departments, as well as phone numbers and email addresses to contact if you have questions.
Another good starting point is the Covid-19 Vaccine Finder of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or use its portal to link to the health department in your state or territory.
The pharmacy being vaccinated also has its own schedule website. For example, the CVS website will tell you where the vaccine is available. Therefore, if the time you want to make an appointment is not available in your city (county), it may be in a nearby area.
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Availability changes quickly, so if you find an available slot, please book it first. However, if you cannot reserve the appointment, be sure to cancel the appointment so that others will be able to get the seat.
The pharmacy also provides vaccines left over at the end of the day because people are not attending appointments and adults who want them cannot attend. A pharmacist at Wal-Mart in the Atlanta area recently stated that all its employees have been vaccinated, thanks in large part to the remaining vaccine doses, and it is now providing them to others on the scene at the right time of the day . The Kroger pharmacy in the area said it maintains a list of people who want to be called if there are remaining vaccines.
Social media may help. Facebook, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, recently launched many tools to help people get vaccinated, including its coronavirus (COVID-19) information center.
Of course, you can use social media sites to crowdsource information. Find private groups in your area on Facebook that are dedicated to finding and vaccinating vaccines. Someone reported that neighbors on the Nextdoor app helped them find a vaccination date.
You may need to go out to shoot
If you can travel and it is difficult to find slots in rural areas, you can almost always use slots in rural areas. For example, in Georgia, it may be difficult to make appointments in the Atlanta area, but in the next few days, there will be many appointments in the rural southern part of the state.
When Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, announced a federal plan to ship vaccine doses directly to pharmacies outside the U.S. states and territories, he said that pharmacies are “convenient in most communities. Most Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy.”
However, some rural areas may not have pharmacies nearby, and residents may need to find mobile vaccination clinics in their areas. The recently passed “American Rescue Plan” includes a national vaccination plan that will provide funds for mobile units in hard-to-reach areas.
The key is to be patient, flexible and firm. You will get an appointment sooner or later.
What to do when waiting in line for vaccination
So, now you have an appointment. You are so close to the first dose, or better yet the final dose.
But what if there will be a lot of people as soon as you get there? To avoid being mad from boredom, be sure to bring your phone, tablet or laptop with you.
Other ideas include recording your vaccination experience, or planning how to use freedom after full vaccination.
When was the last time you had such a big crowd? Maybe you can use this opportunity to meet new people.
You will find a long list of other ideas in this article.
Welcome to the fully vaccinated club
Have you been vaccinated? Congratulations! You go to hug your grandson and hug a friend who is vaccinated. Invite friends who are fully vaccinated, not friends who wear masks. As long as they sign Covid-19 contracts with others, they are not considered particularly vulnerable. Please visit their homes.
If you have been in contact with someone with Covid-19, you can skip the quarantine after you are fully vaccinated.
If you are one of many people who have Covid-19 and still suffer from symptoms, some so-called long-term porters report that their symptoms have eased or even disappeared after being vaccinated.
As some people say, vaccination is a psychological game changer: you may feel that you have gained weight.
Who is not eager to travel again? Some destinations are already open for those who have been vaccinated.
Remember, it will take two weeks after the last injection to be fully immunized.
Also, don’t lose your mask. You still need to protect those around you who have not been vaccinated. Although some studies have shown that immunized people will not spread the virus, it is still uncertain.