The coronavirus vaccines are here and with them, hope that the end of the pandemic is near. Sixteen point three percent of the US population have had at least one dose. But how can you get yours? Chances are if you want one, you may be having to wait behind others, or be frustrated about where to find one. The CDC now links to a new tracker called VaccineFinder that should make that much easier. Read on to hear about how to use it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Use the Vaccine Finder to Find a Vaccine
“VaccineFinder”—available here—“helps people find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability at certain providers and pharmacies in some states, says the CDC. “In other states, information may be limited while more providers and pharmacies are added in the coming weeks. VaccineFinder displays information about the provider:
types of COVID-19 vaccines available
website and phone number
and hours of operation
instructions on how to take the next step to get vaccinated.
Check the pharmacy or provider website to learn how to make an appointment. Additional pharmacies and providers in other states will provide information in the coming weeks.”
When Will the Vaccine Be Available For You?
“Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is currently limited, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first,” says the agency. “Each state has its own plan for deciding which groups of people will be vaccinated first. You can contact your state health department for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.”
Who Should Get Vaccinated First, According to the CDC?
“The goal is for everyone to be able easily to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. As the vaccine supply increases, more groups will be added to receive vaccination,” says the CDC. First up: “Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.” Then: “Frontline essential workers and People aged 75 years and older.” Then: “People aged 65—74 years” and “People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions” and “Other essential workers.”
How to Contact Your Local Health Department
“While CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive vaccines,” says the CDC. “Please contact your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area.”
How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic
Follow public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.