We know that getting vaccinated against COVID is extremely important. But in some cases, accessibility to the vaccine is an issue that prevents people from getting their shots. This lack of accessibility can be a result of age
, living in a rural area, or having a disability or condition which makes it difficult to get to a vaccination site. If a person is unable to drive, has severe anxiety about leaving the home, or requires assistance to travel, they may be eligible for home-based
If home-based vaccination is available to you, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Make the appointment through your doctor
. Talk to your doctor
about your needs and why home-based vaccination is a good option for you. This will ensure that your appointment is made through a trusted source, and your doctor will be kept in the loop about your vaccination decision.
Choose a single-dose vaccine if available. Getting a single-dose vaccine makes things a bit easier since you won’t have to worry about scheduling your second dose. Of course, down the line, you may need to schedule a booster shot. But choosing a one-dose vaccine still cuts down on the hassle a bit.
Choose an appointment time that is right for you. You’ll want to make sure you have an appointment for a time that you will be available so that you don’t have to change or cancel your appointment after you make it. Also keep in mind that some people feel some mild side effects in a day or two after getting their shot, so plan for a time when you will have the opportunity to rest if needed.
Invite a friend or family member to be there with you
. If you think it would be helpful to have someone else at the vaccine appointment with you, whether for moral support or to care for you if you experience mild side effects, ask someone to join you.
Now, more than ever, it is so important to get vaccinated – for your own safety, and for the safety of those around you. But we understand that sometimes getting to the vaccine appointment is the hardest part and could be why you’ve put off getting vaccinated thus far. A home-based vaccination makes the process a bit easier and allows you to get the COVID vaccine from the comfort of your own home.