Now that the community is quickly getting vaccinated, there are lots of questions regarding what is and isn’t safe for vaccinated individuals. Here are some commonly asked questions about COVID-19 safety and what the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis (VNA) is doing to vaccinate the community.
Can fully vaccinated individuals visit with others without wearing a mask?
As of April 2, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people or people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
Do fully vaccinated individuals still need to quarantine or get tested after exposure?
The CDC states that quarantining and getting tested is no longer necessary for vaccinated individuals after a known exposure.
Should fully vaccinated individuals still wear masks in large gatherings and public spaces?
The CDC recommends that masks should still be worn at large events along with careful hand washing and social distancing.
What are the new travel guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals?
Individuals traveling domestically or outside the country are no longer required to test before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel, unless required by the country other than the U.S. that they are visiting.
What should fully vaccinated individuals continue to do?
For now, people should continue to wear masks and adhere to social distancing when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member with an increased risk. People should also still avoid medium and large-sized in-person gatherings. If a vaccinated individual begins to experience COVID-like symptoms, they should still seek out testing.
How can somebody get vaccinated through the VNA?
As of right now, the VNA is currently focusing its efforts on vaccinating organizations. Organizations can sign up to get vaccinated at https://www.vnastl.com/covid-vaccine and fill out an online request, or they can call our office at (314) 918 -7171.
How soon can an organization get vaccinated?
When organizations register to get vaccinated through the VNA, they are put on a list, and once VNA has the vaccine available based on when an organization signs up, they will reach out to schedule a clinic.
Will VNA go to an organization’s office to give vaccinations?
For clinics with over 40 confirmed participants, VNA can go on-site to their location. For organizations with fewer than 40 confirmed participants, VNA usually schedules weekly clinics at their office.
What does it cost to get the vaccine through VNA?
There is no cost for the vaccine. However, an administration fee is billed through any of VNA’s accepted insurances. If an employee does not have insurance, VNA can accept them also.
Can an individual get vaccinated through the VNA?
VNA has an individual’s list they can sign up for. Call our office at (314) 918 -7171 for more information.