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Safety Dos & Don'ts for Vaccinated Seniors In Seattle

Posted by Jan Wieder on Dec 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

You’ve been vaccinated and you’re ready to get back out into the community again.  Even so, navigating the community in 2021 and beyond comes with some changes that nobody loves.  Though community spaces are a little different than we left them, there is still lots of fun to be had out in the world!  It is important to note that guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety practices depend greatly on whether or not an individual is vaccinated.  Even then, tips and requirements for safety change depending on the amount of community spread present and may continue to change as more science about the virus and vaccine become available. 

Safety Dos & Don'ts for Vaccinated Seniors In Seattle

We are dedicated to our resident’s safety and wellbeing here at Village Green.  In addition to providing a clinic for our residents for initial immunization, we recently followed up with a booster shot clinic in October.  We are as committed to continuing the fun as we are to keeping our residents safe and healthy, and we follow current COVID-19 safety recommendations closely.  Since we’re gathering the information we wanted to share with you what experts recommend!

COVID-19 Vaccine Basics

The COVID-19 Vaccine is made by three different manufacturers.  It is a vital tool in the global fight against COVID-19.

  • Pfizer- Administered over two doses, this is the first - -vaccine to receive full FDA approval.  It is also approved for use in children aged 12 to 17 and more recently, children aged 5 to 11.
  • Moderna- A two-dose shot.
  • Johnson & Johnson- One-shot.

Though certainly not fun, vaccine side effects, such as a sore arm, fever, chills, and headache are common. Your body is mounting an immune response based on the information it received from the vaccine.  This is your body learning to fight the virus.  COVID vaccines are considered to be in full effect two weeks after the last dose.

Because it is common for some of the effectiveness of a vaccine’s protection to wear off over time, the documented decline in the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine was expected.  A booster shot reminds your body how to fight the virus.  The CDC recommends booster shots if it has been 6 months or longer since last immunization for the following people:

  • Adults over 65
  • Adults living in residential care
  • Adults with underlying medical conditions
  • Adults with high-risk jobs like doctors and teachers
  • Adults who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago

There is no requirement that you receive the same kind of vaccine you received in your first immunization round, and some evidence that choosing a different booster may increase your COVID defenses more effectively.

COVID Do’s for Vaccinated Seniors

Seniors who are fully vaccinated can look forward to visiting their favorite places again. It is such a joy to be a part of a world that is waking up and gathering again! You may also feel comfortable with maskless indoor gatherings with other vaccinated people. Even so, vaccination is not complete protection. Though it is extremely effective in reducing the probability of grave illness, be aware that people with COVID-19 vaccinations can still get and spread COVID-19, especially with the new and extremely contagious delta variant. Therefore, it is still important to keep up easy, common sense protocols such as:

  • Hand hygiene like frequent washing and sanitizing
  • Social distancing of 6 feet when possible
  • Masking in crowded or busy public areas (especially indoors)
  • Staying home if you are sick

Though you don’t have to quarantine if you are a vaccinated close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should follow the following recommendations by the CDC in the event of exposure:

  • Get tested if you are a close contact (Day 5-7 after exposure is recommended)
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Wear a mask in public for 14 days following known exposure or until your COVID test is negative.

COVID Don’ts for Vaccinated Seniors

Venues may have policies such as requirements for masks or proof of vaccination.  Hours and seating capacity may also have changed.  If you’re venturing out to a place for the first time post COVID-19, call ahead to be sure you have all the details.  As you plan outings to new and old places alike, here are some Don’ts for vaccinated seniors:

  • Don’t forget a mask.  Some businesses continue to require them, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Don’t let your mask slide:  Continue to wear it over your mouth and nose to give you full coverage.
  • Don’t assume COVID-19 policies are the same if you have not visited a business recently.

Supportive, Responsive Senior Living in Federal Way, WA

At Village Green, we believe in partnering with families and our staff to support everyone through these unprecedented times.   We would love to talk to you about ways in which we can keep your senior loved one safe, supported, and engaged during these challenging times and beyond.  Contact us to learn about our different senior living residences, or to see our availability, and to set up a tour.

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