COVID-19 vaccines for older adults
The Government has announced that the elderly is third in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives on our shores.
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.
You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot three or four weeks after your first shot.
After getting the vaccine, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:
• Pain where the shot is given
• Or a headache for one to two days.
These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
Even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still:
• Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth when around others
• Stay at least six feet away from others
• Avoid crowds
• Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
• Wash your hands often.
We still have more to learn about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions, so it is important to continue to follow all safety recommendations to help stop the pandemic.