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What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccine if You’re Over 65
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It’s hoped that the COVID-19 vaccinations will soon allow these seniors to get back to fun and games at The Senior Connection.
   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

GRAPH BY PAUL RIES

The South Central Public Health District has compiled some information to help those over the age of 65 navigate the pathway to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

How to make an appointment:

 
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The Gem State reported 332 new cases of coronavirus on Monday for a total of 169,584 as the nation surpassed a half million cases--more than the population of Atlanta and Kansas City. The death toll remains at 1,826. Blaine County has reported just four new cases since Saturday for a total of 2,140.
 

  • Option 1: Sign up on a waitlist to receive a vaccine at your nearest public health office: https://www.phd5.idaho.gov/Covid-vaccine/Or call the COVID-19 hotline to sign up on that waitlist: 208-737-1138
  • Option 2: Call your medical provider and ask if they are offering the vaccine, or choose from a list of providers on the SCPHD website at https://www.phd5.idaho.gov/Covid-vaccine/

    Here’s what they have to say:

    It’s safe. Even under emergency conditions, the FDA will only approve vaccines for release when they have evidence the vaccines are safe.

    It’s effective. It's the most effective way to prevent getting COVID-19. Even if you get the disease, these vaccines will help prevent serious illness.

    It’s free. The vaccine is covered by federal funds. Providers may be able to charge an office visit fee but this is covered by insurance or state funds.

    It has minimal side effects. Millions of Americans have received the vaccine and have had little to no side effects. Fever, and body aches are safe and normal reactions to a vaccine.

    IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET TO A VACCINE APPOINTMENT ON YOUR OWN…

    South Central Idaho is working with the CSI Office on Aging to provide transportation for home-bound residents. Please call for more information: 208-736-2122 Please contact at least 48 hours in advance of any transportation need.

    SI USTED TIENE MÁS DE 65 AÑOS, AHORA ES ELEGIBLE PARA RECIBIR UNA VACUNA.

    La vacuna es muy limitada, por lo que puede tomar varias semanas antes de que usted pueda hacer una cita.Comenzar ahora le ayudará a entrar en una clínica lo antes possible.

    Cómo hacer una cita:

    Opción 1: Regístrese en una lista de espera para recibir una vacuna en su oficina de salud pública más cercana. https://www.phd5.idaho.gov/covid-vaccine-sp/  O llame a la línea directa COVID-19 para inscribirse en esa lista de espera: 208-737-5965

     Opción 2: Llame a su proveedor médico y pregunte si están ofreciendo la vacuna, o elija entre una lista de proveedores en nuestra página de la red https://www.phd5.idaho.gov/covid-vaccine-sp/  

    SI USTED NO PUEDE ASISTIR A SU CITA POR SU CUENTA:

    El sur de Idaho está trabajando con la Oficina sobre Envejecimiento de CSI para ayudar a proporcionar transporte a nuestros residentes confinados en sus hogares. Llame a este número para obtener más información: 208-736-2122 Por favor contacte

  • Incluso en condiciones de emergencia, la FDA sólo aprueba la liberación de vacunas cuando tienen evidencia de que las vacunas son seguras.
  • Es la forma más efectiva de evitar contraer COVID-19. Incluso si usted contrae la enfermedad, estas vacunas le ayudarán a prevenir que la enfermedad sea mas grave
  • La vacuna está cubierta por fondos federales. Es posible que los proveedores puedan cobrar una tarifa de visita a la oficina, pero esto está cubierto por un seguro o fondos estatales.
  • Millones de estadounidenses han recibido la vacuna y han tenido pocos o ningún efecto secundario. La fiebre y los dolores del cuerpo son reacciones seguras y normales a una vacuna.

El sur de Idaho está trabajando con la Oficina sobre Envejecimiento de CSI para ayudar a proporcionar transporte a nuestros residentes confinados en sus hogares. Llame a este número para obtener más información: 208-736-2122.

 

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