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COVID-19 Vaccine: Should Caregivers Get It?

April 30, 2021

As someone who tends to the needs of a person with short or long-term life limitations, a caregiver plays an important role in the lives of others. Among other medical professionals, in many states’ caregivers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Caregivers—whether you’re on the fence about getting the vaccine, or completely supportive of getting it, doing your own research with trusted sources is helpful for your decision-making process.

Why are caregivers getting the vaccine?

Because caregivers are tending to the medical needs of elderly and people with life limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have decided to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The severity of the virus prompted me to get the vaccine. I want to keep myself
and my patients safe,” says Vidia, a professional caregiver.

Amid these unprecedented times and even some fear, caregivers across the United States are choosing to protect themselves and the individuals they care for on a daily basis.

Watch this video to hear from frontline caregivers and why they are choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why others are skeptical about the vaccine?

Ever since the public was made aware of the production of the COVID-19 vaccine, both hopeful and skeptical dialogue swept across the world. Without the proper tools, resources, and information, the conversation circulating about the vaccine can be a bit confusing for individuals trying to decide whether or not they want to get it.

“At first, I had a few hesitations about getting the virus, so I decided to consult with my doctor.
After speaking with my doctor, I realized I had nothing to worry about.
I want to protect myself, my family, and my clients,” says Dylis, a professional caregiver.

There are many rumors and false information surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine that raise questions. However, this CDC article, addresses many of these commonly asked questions about the vaccine:

Q: Will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

A: No, the COVID-19 vaccine cannot cause you to test positive on viral tests.

Q: If I already contracted COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

A: Yes, even if you contracted COVID-19 and recovered, you should still get the vaccine because experts do not know how long you are protected from getting the virus again.

Q: Can the vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

A: No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Therefore, you cannot get sick from getting the vaccine.

Q: Will my DNA be altered if I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: No, COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA.

Whether you choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine or not, it is important to research on your own so you can make an informed decision. Use trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to learn more about the vaccine.

CareConnect’s Proof of Vaccination module

CareConnect is dedicated to providing the tools and resources agencies need to make sure their caregivers are well-prepared for the workforce. Tracking the vaccination is important for helping agencies stay on top of their workforce needs. CareConnect’s Proof of Vaccination tool helps keep the workplace running efficiently.

The Proof of Vaccination tool gives caregivers the opportunity to take a picture of their proof of vaccination, choose the manufacturer and submit for approval. The tool allows agencies to efficiently review and quickly approve or reject all submitted vaccination certificates.

To request more information about the Proof of Vaccination tool , click here.

Vaccination is an important part of the battle against COVID-19. As scientists continue to work as quickly as they can, each state is issuing more information of when the vaccine will be available to whom and when.

Use this tool provided by the New York Times to see how the vaccine rollout is going in your particular state.


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