With Covid-19 vaccines increasing in availability, those in hospice or with loved ones in hospice may be wondering if they should be vaccinated. Evidence continues to show that the vaccine is the right choice for many people, and those in hospice care may be among the ones to benefit the most from it.
The Covid-19 Vaccine is Safe
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the Covid-19 vaccine is safe to get and effective at preventing the recipient from getting the virus. It takes roughly two weeks for the body to build immunity against Covid-19 after receiving a vaccine. “COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19” it says on its website.
You don’t need to fear getting sick from the vaccine. There are some possible, mild side effects such as fatigue or chills while your body uses the vaccine to build its immunity to the virus. Serious reactions to the vaccine are rare, so you don’t have to really worry about the safety of the vaccine even if you are elderly or in hospice care.
Increases the Ability to Visit with Loved Ones
The year 2020 has involved a lot of isolation due to the pandemic. With a new virus that spreads quickly and can be dangerous, especially to those with pre-existing conditions, places all over the world have encouraged people to remain at home and reduce in person contact with others as much as possible. That loss of in person interaction has increased the amount of loneliness people are experiencing.
Becoming fully vaccinated against Covid-19 makes it easier to visit with loved ones. It makes the likelihood of getting coronavirus so small that even if you’re elderly, living in assisted living, or have a health condition you can safely interact with others in person. And for all our advances in communicating with people through technology, there’s something so heartwarming about enjoying each other’s company in the same room.
Lowers Risk of Covid-19 Compounding with Current Health Conditions
If you’re worried about getting the vaccine due to other health concerns that have you in hospice care, take heart from what the National Association for Home Care & Hospice has to say on the subject. They encourage all home care and hospice staff to receive the vaccine as well as their patients.
If you have ongoing health conditions, then getting Covid-19 is more likely to have serious health consequences for you. It could mean more troubles with your other health issues springing up or that you will have a harsher case of the virus. It even increases the chances of dying due to Covid-19 complications.
However, if you get vaccinated, you don’t have to worry about Covid-19 compounding with your other health conditions, and that’s a big relief.
Consult with Your Doctor
It’s best to always consult with your doctor before making decisions that can impact your health. This is even more important for individuals with ongoing health concerns or who are in more vulnerable groups, such as those in hospice or the elderly. Your doctor will most likely recommend you get the Covid-19 vaccine, but there may be extenuating circumstances for rare individuals that affect your doctor’s suggestion on whether or not to get it.
Overall, the Covid-19 vaccine is a good choice for those in hospice care as it significantly reduces the chances of getting the virus and can improve your quality of life.