With a New Year comes news of the COVID vaccine being made available to many in Sarasota county, as well as the state as a whole. Listen to find out how you are eligible, how the phases are planned to be rolled out, and what to expect when getting the vaccine.
Visit the Sarasota County website here to Registration and Information: https://www.scgov.net/government/health-and-human-services/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine
For more information on Seniors Blue Book's online education for the week, check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SeniorsBlueBookMSC
Hello there everyone. And welcome to senior living on the Suncoast. I'm your host, Steve Bennett, Martin. And I'm happy to bring me the only senior centric podcast to assist us all. As we navigate the complex systems of aging together. Up and down the Suncoast to Florida. My mission with this podcast is to help make sure that the rest of your life is the best of your life, which means today we'll be talking about senior living news and updates for the week of January 4th, 2021, with a special focus on the fact that at least in Sarasota County, which is where I'm most, well-versed the COVID-19 vaccines. Scene is available for seniors in the community. So I'm going to go over how seniors can go about getting their vaccine and other general information for the County that might be helpful for you as you were planning ahead. So before we get into that, though we are continuing to do a lot of online events throughout the community and seniors. Blue book is one of those that does great job through their Facebook page of providing education to the community on a weekly basis. This week Tuesday, the fifth, they're going to be talking about tips for when siblings disagree. Regarding care for, for their loved one or parents. We also have on Wednesday, a grief counseling programs discussed by NAAFI previous guests of the podcast from Stratham and on Thursday, it's going to be interesting because the way that it's written the topic is easier ways to catch infections. Which I have a feeling is more of a gimmick with the thing, because I don't think we want to be catching infections, but I'm sure the topic will be about the ways that we catch infections and some of the things that people do to make it easier to catch than others and how you can protect yourself better. So if you were interested in any of those, make sure you look up these singers of blue book, Facebook page, I will make sure to also include it in the show notes. But then getting into that. Yes. While the vaccine, yeah. Starting to be distributed throughout the state of Florida, it is still very much done County by County in terms of the way it's being distributed. I know it was a big update last week when Sarasota County received the vaccines last Monday just in time for the new year. And did start rolling it out. I know that my in-laws were lucky enough to receive it on Saturday evening. And it was a very pleasant experience. They luckily to not have any reactions or feeling great, and they are very excited to be well on their way. Of course, with this vaccine, you do need to have two doses. They are 28 days apart. But just to get started in general about the phases and why, or how it'll work for those of you who are not seniors that are 65. Plus we are currently in phase one of the vaccines being rolled out. And so through the Sarasota County website, which is where I got. 99% of this information. They are growing it out in three phases. The first one did begin in December last week and it is for long-term care facilities, both the residents and the staff per persons, 65 years or older and healthcare personnel with direct patient contact. Now it's interesting because some communities in town are. Having it rolled out already while some are having it over the next week or two. But they did make it readily available for anyone who is tech savvy enough to know to hop online at 3:00 PM, a couple of the past days to do their online registration, they are doing it via event Brite through the Sarasota County website. You can find the link but they are doing it that way to help organize it because there are a certain limited number of people per day, that they are doing the testing. The second set or the second phase is going to be, they're expecting it to be in March. And that is going to be for critical organizations as determined by the governor as well as vulnerable populations. So that's when we go beyond just senior 65 plus to those who might be younger than 65, but do have complex medical needs. And then shortly after that in April, they are hoping the vaccine will be available to the general public. So with the vaccine, if you are in phase one and are lucky enough to be getting it sooner rather than later some important things to note in Sarasota County, you can register, even if you do not live in Sarasota County. So if you are a snowbird. You are able to get the vaccine as long as of course, because it is a two dose shot. You do need to confirm that you will not be going anywhere for the next month so that you can receive the second half of the vaccine roughly 28 days later. So as long as you were staying in or near Sarasota County you have the chance to go on their website. And find out throughout the week, they're expecting more and more days where we're going to have sign-ups for you to be able to register for it. Currently even today on Monday, if you happen to be one of the very first people listening, they're expecting to have another couple hundred available for sign up today at 3:00 PM for testing tomorrow or for getting the vaccine tomorrow. And so they are hoping to do this and. You know, in small batches throughout the week. And so the best place to go will be the Sarasota County website, which I will make sure to include in the show notes for you. So you can click on over. But it is something that when you sign up, you just need to make sure that you prove that you are. You know, they'll ask all your basic information, just like if you've been tested where they need your date of birth and your address and all of your identifying information, because once you do receive the vaccine, it is also rolling out lists for the government of who has been already vaccinated. Risks to be aware of. Now course you should mention to your vaccination provider, if you have a fever or symptoms of COVID, but also if you have any allergies have a bleeding, the sorter, or, or if you're on blood thinners, which I know some of our senior population are. So you do want to make sure that whoever is giving you the vaccine is aware of that. Also if you are immunocompromised or on medicine that affects your immune system if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, which shouldn't really affect most of the senior population too much. And if you have received another COVID 19 vaccine, of course, because it is the one and done, you only are getting one vaccine across the two doses. And the one thing that it's also important is there have been a S a S you know, most people, you know, you might have some injection site reactions. Reactions of pain and tenderness in the area. And some general side effects that some people encounter are fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Of course. Not everyone receives all of these symptoms, but those are things you can encounter. And they recommend either taking a seat a minute, fin or ibuprofen, whichever works best for you to be able to remedy that because it should only last about 48 to 72 hours. There is a small remote chance that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. And because of this, especially if they deem that you are at risk, or if you have been known to have allergic reactions to things you likely will be asked. To stay safe anywhere from about 15 minutes to an hour after the injection, just for your own safety, to make sure that you end up not having difficulty breathing fast heartbeats bad rashes, developing all over your body, swelling of your face and throat and dizziness and weakness. Those are the main things to look out for, especially directly after receiving the vaccine. So I will, again, link over to all of this. So if you are in phase one and are interested in receiving the vaccine, just the best thing to do is just keep on checking the Sarasota County website, every single day at three o'clock, until you can get in. So that is how you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are a senior in Sarasota County, again, if you scroll up or down in the show notes, you'll be able to see all the links that you need to be able to go to the County website for more information. But I hope you found this helpful. Stay happy, stay healthy, and stay safe. Bye.