MORE VACCINE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
Vaccinations at the Community Vaccine Clinic continue to roll out at a pace of 1,200 or more a day, with the 50,000th dose expected early next week. The clinic moved from EAMC’s Education Center into the old “Tuesday Morning” storefront in Auburn on February 1. “Because the vaccine we are using (Pfizer) requires two doses, three weeks apart, the time slots for the first three weeks were mostly first doses,” said John Atkinson, EAMC spokesman. “And this week marks the end of the second doses for those patients.”
According to Atkinson, that means that time slots between March 15 – April 2 will mostly be for people to receive a first dose. “Appointment time slots for next Monday, March 15, opened this morning,” he said. “Due to the sequencing of the shots, the number of new time slots for next Monday was relatively low this morning, but each new day will see more and more time slots open.”
With the start of this new cycle, people are reminded that they need to register at www.eastALcovidvaccine.com in order to be able to self-schedule an appointment. Also, clinic officials ask that people remain in their vehicle until within 10 minutes of their appointment time, unless asked to come in sooner. “The clinic runs on things being consistent. When people arrive too early, the registration area can get backed up and it has a trickle effect on the rest of the clinic,” Atkinson stated.
CDC RELEASES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE
Earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Among the recommendations is the go ahead for fully vaccinated people to (1.) visit with other such people without wearing a mask, (2.) visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are considered low risk for severe complications from COVID-19, and (3.) skip quarantining or testing following a known exposure as long as they are not showing symptoms.
Likewise, the CDC offered a list of things fully vaccinated people should continue to do. They include (1.) wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing when in public, (2.) wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and adhering to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, and (3.) wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and practicing other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
For the complete CDC guidance, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.
Because the science on COVID-19 vaccines continues to evolve, the recommendations are subject to being updating. Also, the CDC considers people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 when two weeks have passed since their second Pfizer or Moderna dose, or after they have received a single-dose vaccine from Johnson and Johnson.