According to foreign media reports, the covid-19 vaccine, which aims to help the public resist the sars-cov-2 virus and eventually end the pandemic, is now being launched in the United States and other places. Among them, the elderly are at high risk of infection with the new coronavirus, so it is not surprising that nursing homes have become the first institutions to deploy vaccines.However, these venues may not open to the public soon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explained on its website that while the covid-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent infection with fatal diseases, it will not work immediately.
In its guidance released last week, the CDC gave advice on how people living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities should live after vaccination. In short, it won't change much. The CDC points out that:
Because of the current lack of information on the effectiveness of vaccines in the general population; thus reducing disease, severity or transmission; or duration of protection, residents and healthcare personnel should continue to follow all current infection prevention and control recommendations to protect themselves and others from sars-cov-2 infection, regardless of their vaccination status.
Sanatoriums and similar facilities have generally been closed to visitors for months, and this is unlikely to change soon. Although precautions like hand washing and wearing masks can reduce the risk of passing the virus, they are not perfect, and the individuals living in these facilities are often in the highest risk groups.
The CDC continues to explain:
Although this guideline is intended for long-term care facilities, it can also be applied to patients in other healthcare settings. These considerations are based on the current understanding of symptoms and signs after covid-19 vaccination, including time and duration, and may change with vaccine experience.
There is no clear answer as to when people can visit their friends or relatives in nursing homes or long-term care institutions. At the same time, many facilities have purchased tablet computers to help residents have video chat with their families and friends to ease the pain of distance.
In addition, according to state regulations, some nursing homes allow limited personal visits for a selected period of time without any additional confirmed covid-19 cases in the facility for 14 days. These visits often require strict social distance, covid-19 screening, masks and similar protective measures to help keep everyone safe - but these measures are still controversial and some believe they are still too dangerous.