COVID-19 cases are on the rise again as Omicron subvariants circulate across the United States. With a lot of information updating and changing, Senior Resource Alliance (SRA), Central Florida’s Area Agency on Aging, is stepping in to provide assistance. SRA is offering several vaccine services to help keep Central Florida seniors safe, including help registering for vaccines, appointment coordination and referrals to the nearest vaccination sites.
While this surge feels similar to what has been seen in the past, the symptoms vary with each new strand.
The new BA.4 and BA.5 variants, which reportedly constitute more than 80% of cases nationwide, are causing bad cold to flu-like symptoms, including sore throat and fatigue, and medical officials are seeing less of the traditional symptoms like loss of taste and smell. There are also reports that the severity of symptoms vary based on age, health condition and other factors, meaning vulnerable populations – especially seniors – could be more at risk.
With the introduction of the new Novavax, seniors in Central Florida will also soon have access to another vaccination option to stay protected from the new variants.
With these changes, it’s critical that seniors stay up to date on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and know what resources are available to them here locally in Central Florida.
For more information, check out the SRA vaccine services.
The Senior Resource Alliance covers Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. SRA works in partnership with nine partner agencies, including the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, Aging Matters in Brevard, Brevard Alzheimer’s Association, Informed Families, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Etc., Seniors First, Share the Care and Osceola Council on Aging.