At Assisting Hands, we are excited to announce that over half of our staff has received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and will be fully vaccinated in about a month!
Two important things to know about the vaccine:
- It may take up to two weeks after receiving the second dose (administered 4 weeks after the first dose) for the vaccine to have full efficacy.
- Individuals who receive the vaccine should still wear masks and follow all of the same safety guidelines! People who have had the vaccine may still carry and transmit the virus.
We are eagerly looking forward to a time when our caregivers AND our clients can be vaccinated, so we want to be prepared. The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is the best resource currently for most of our clients in the Northwest Suburbs because the CCDPH serves all of Cook County except Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney Township.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
According to the CCDPH, we are still in phase 1a on the vaccines, so if you are a senior who doesn’t work in healthcare or who doesn’t live in a facility, you may have to wait until phase 1b which starts in February. You can find the full statement here:
In the meantime, you can sign up to receive updates about the vaccine by taking a short survey here:
By taking this survey, you will be providing more information about the need in Cook County, and you will be signed up to receive updates when the vaccine becomes available to you!
You can find a wealth of information about the vaccine, including some myth busters about it here:
Let’s get ready to fight Covid-19 in our community!