Although the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the United States is a bit chaotic, millions of Americans have successfully received their doses. With President Joe Biden now in office, distribution is expected to improve. If you’re one of the majority sitting tight and waiting for your turn for the vaccine, here are five things you can do to prepare yourself.
1. Make sure you understand the current prioritization plan in your area and see where your eligibility sits. It’s important to stay up-to-date on those plans by checking them regularly, as changes could be made at any time.
2. Research the distribution sites being offered in your area and contact them to find out what their plan is. Some places may require an appointment and others may have a waitlist in place that you can already sign up for.
3. If you have a primary care physician, check in with them and talk about vaccine risk factors. Those with severe allergies and pre-existing conditions may want some additional information and reassurance.
4. Just like voting day, you should have a detailed plan in place for when you travel to get your vaccine. It’s important to have a plan for afterward, as the vaccine could cause you to need a rest day or two.
5. Be honest about your qualifications and wait patiently for your term. Lying about your prioritization or booking multiple appointments will only slow everything down and cause issues for everyone.