Everywhere you turn, people have strong opinions and many unanswered questions about COVID vaccines. See below to learn what’s true and what’s not. We use the latest science to separate fact from fiction.
A Guide for Homecare Workers during the Pandemic
Homecare workers are a critical resource to their patients and their families during a crisis or pandemic. They need to be sure to care for their own families and themselves first, so they can comfortably care for their patients in the home care setting. Reviewing personal Emergency Plans with family, ensuring personal contact lists are updated, and ensuring their families know who to contact when they are at work are important planning steps to take. This flyer is focused on what homecare workers can do to prepare themselves, their families, and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Guide for Individuals During the Pandemic
If you have a routine or daily prescription, it is important to plan ahead. During a pandemic, medications and supplies may be delayed; this can be life-threatening. Talk to your health care provider about which medical supplies you should have on hand during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination
All current COVID-19 vaccines are approved under Emergency Authorization Use (EAU) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These vaccines are considered safe and effective at preventing people from getting COVID-19. Currently, there are three authorized and recommended vaccines, with more being studied and expected to obtain approval.
There are COVID-19 tests available for current infections and testing to determine possible past infection with the disease. A viral test can tell if the person has a current infection. There are two types of viral tests: antigen testing and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). An antibody test may be able to determine if an individual has a current infection.