Springtime COVID-19 Reminders

May 11, 2021
InVision News

As more and more people get vaccinated against COVID-19, more and more of our lives are returning to some degree of pre-pandemic normalcy. Can we say goodbye to COVID-19 once and for all?

Not quite.

While getting a vaccine is a great first step toward ending the pandemic, we’re not even close to the numbers of fully vaccinated people we need to declare the pandemic over and precautions a thing of the past.

Keep masking

If you’re fully vaccinated, masking in outdoor spaces—except in over-crowded areas—isn’t necessary, but masking up in public, indoor areas is likely to stay with us for a while yet.

No vaccine is 100% effective, and masking protects us and others from contracting the virus. Variants continue to threaten the progress we’ve made thus far, and studies on the current vaccines’ efficacy against them are still in early stages.

Practice good hygiene

While this should go without saying even in pre- or post-pandemic society, regular handwashing is critical for a healthy population.

Viruses and bacteria are easily carried on our hands which contributes to spread. Even though we can expect a lot of the touchless technology that has carried us through the pandemic so far to stick around, it’s still a good idea to incorporate regular hand cleansing (either with hot water and soap or hand sanitizer, in a pinch) into your usual routine.

You’ll thank yourself later.

Stay distanced

Social distancing guidelines are changing, but for the most part they’re for people who aren’t yet fully vaccinated. Currently, fully vaccinated people can enjoy indoor and outdoor spaces safely without distancing, but since the majority of our population remains un-vaccinated, it’s safer to bet on social distancing.

Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet

In Pennsylvania and its neighboring states, everyone 16 or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines were a marvelous feat of medical ingenuity, and they’re the best tool we have for fighting the pandemic.

Virtually every medical provider agrees that vaccines are the key to fully re-opening society. If we reach herd immunity, we can declare the pandemic over; however, current vaccination rates and expert opinions now suggest we may never reach herd immunity. Knowing that we’re looking at a future where we must co-exist with COVID-19 makes overcoming vaccine hesitancy all the more critical.

Protect your vaccine card

Booster shots are coming—probably.

When you receive your vaccine, you get a small, white card that your vaccine provider fills out so you have a record of which vaccine you received (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) and when and where you received it. Booster shots may become necessary to keep immunity high or to fight variants, but it’s more likely that you’d receive a new card for them that be required to bring your old card.

Regardless, many businesses, foreign countries, colleges, entertainment venues, and more are mulling over so-called “vaccine passports” where you must present proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to receive a service or obtain admittance into a building or event. Whether or not any of that comes to fruition is still open to debate, but it’s a good idea in the meantime to keep your vaccine card in a safe place…just in case.

Let’s continue working together

There’s no doubt the environment in which we all find ourselves is confusing. Guidelines are shifting daily, and we may struggle to make the best decisions for ourselves or our loved ones moving forward.

InVision is committed to keeping our staff and the people we support updated with the newest guidance from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) regarding COVID-19 mitigation as it becomes available.

For additional resources about COVID-19 or how to get a vaccine, please explore the links below:

Understanding COVID-19

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

How to Talk to Someone About Vaccine Hesitancy

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