WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
We're here to help you and your loved ones stay safe as the COVID-19 vaccine is now being provided.
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.
According to the CDC, the virus is mainly spread person-to-person, particularly when they are within six feet of each other. Primarily, this occurs when an infected person sneezes or coughs and their droplets land on a nearby person’s mouth or nose or are inhaled into their lungs. It can also spread when a person touches a surface where the virus is, then touches his or her own mouth, nose or eyes. Click here for more information on COVID-19, including your risk.
Vaccinations to protect people from COVID-19 are now available and are being distributed in a phased approach.
COVID-19 VACCINE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The vaccine is critical in helping us fight COVID-19 and allowing us to safely return to normal activities with family, friends and co-workers. Here are key things to know about vaccines:
- While it’s true that the vaccines were developed at a record pace, all of the safety standards were met. Existing infectious disease research, coupled with increased financial support and focused scientific efforts, got us here quickly. The vaccines have been proven safe and effective and will continue to be closely monitored by the CDC, the FDA and public health officials.
- mRNA vaccines are new, but not unknown. The ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines are well understood by the scientific community to be safe. They do not contain live virus and cannot cause COVID-19.
- They were tested on adults of different ages, races and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions such as diabetes.
- The vaccines are being distributed in phases, but soon they will be widely available.
- Keep in touch with your health care provider, local pharmacy or local department of health to see when the vaccine is available in your area and if you're eligible.
- Start talking to your friends and family so they'll also be ready when it's their turn to get the vaccine.
We're all in this together.
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN
- When it's your turn to receive the vaccine, make sure to keep your appointment and make sure you come back for your second dose as advised. Like many childhood vaccines, getting both doses is crucial to the vaccine working. It's the same with the COVID-19 vaccine. The first shot starts to build immunity, the second shot ensures maximum protection for ourselves and those around us.
- You can't get COVID-19 from the vaccine, although you may have some side effects for a day or two. These side effects are a sign you are responding to the vaccine by developing antibodies. Common side effects include arm pain/swelling where you got the shot, low-grade fever, chills, tiredness and headache/muscle aches.
Learn more about possible side effects and get helpful tips on what to do after your vaccination.
CONTINUE YOUR GOOD HABITS
As we move into this new phase, it's important we continue protecting ourselves and others by remembering the 3Ws:
- Wear your mask
- Wash your hands
- Watching your distance with those who don't live with you
If you've been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider for further information on what to do. The vaccine and continued vigilance are our best defense against COVID-19.
Here are websites where you can find the latest on COVID-19, testing and vaccines: