- Covid 19 Poster
Community Health Network has a podcast that talked about the vaccine in the Black community. It is informative. There are two links to it below. Each link is to the same show (there is only one show, just two ways to listen).
Myths vs Facts
COVID-19 is a contagious disease that is disproportionately infecting Black and Brown people around the country. You matter and must do everything possible to protect your health.
Myth: COVID-19 was deliberately created and released by people.
Fact: Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus evolved.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine will give me the disease.
Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine is not comprised of materials that can cause disease. The COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to create virus proteins. Your immune system develops antibodies against these proteins that will help you fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if you are exposed to it.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.
Fact: The materials in the COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the COVID-19 vaccine materials soon after it is finished using the instructions from it.
Myth: The vaccine was developed too quickly and is therefore ineffective or potentially harmful.
Fact: Researchers have been studying and working with vaccines similar to the COVID-19 vaccine for decades. These similar vaccines have been studied before for flu, zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). As soon as the necessary information about the virus that causes COVID-19 became available, scientists began designing instructions for cells to build the unique spike protein into an mRNA vaccine.
Myth: People are dying from taking the vaccine. I can’t afford to take that risk.
Fact: As of April 2021 over half a million Americans have died from COVID-19, making it the third leading cause of death in the US. You cannot afford the risk of getting sick. Vaccines can help you stay healthy so you don’t lose time combatting the disease, should you contract it. If you can avoid getting sick, you will have more time for your family, friends, and doing the things you love to do.
Preventing Infection: To prevent contracting the virus, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, maintain six-feet of distance from others, and seriously consider taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vaccine is Safe: Vaccination is the safest and most reliable way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy and safe from COVID-19.
The Vaccine is Effective: The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are approximately 95 percent effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing.
The Vaccine is Equitable: The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to all, regardless of race, gender, or immigration status.
Source: Roll Up Your Sleeves Task Force, CDC
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go for my vaccine?
An appointment is required. When you schedule your appointment (online at ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211), it will indicate which location you should go to.
Can someone (a family member, spouse, etc.) accompany me to my appointment?
Most vaccine clinics allow you to have a support person escort you to and from the vaccine clinic if you need help getting to the appointment.
What happens at my appointment?
Vaccine clinic locations ask that you arrive with a mask or face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Upon your arrival, you may be provided a surgical mask that increases protection for you and the caregiver, and you will be asked to answer a few brief questions and have your temperature taken to screen for COVID-19 symptoms. You will then be checked in for your appointment, receive the vaccine, and wait for a 15-minute observation period. Total time should be less than 30 minutes from arrival.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Please visit ourshot.in.gov or call 211 to schedule a new date/time for your appointment.
What side effects could I experience?
The most common side effects are arm pain, headache, muscle aches and a low-grade fever for approximately 24-48 hours. These reactions can mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed in the future.
Do I still need to wear a mask after receiving the vaccine?
We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you have been fully vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick. It is also important to avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until more is known about the spread of the disease. Getting vaccinated is just part of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
How do I schedule my second vaccine?
Your second vaccine appointment is typically scheduled when you are at the clinic and receiving your first vaccine. It is important to return and receive your second dose to have the full effects of the vaccination.
Do I receive the second vaccine at the same location?
It is recommended that you receive the second vaccine at the same location where your first vaccine was administered.
Will this vaccine work against the new strain of COVID-19 that I’ve seen on the news?
Yes, the vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and are being administered are effective in fighting new strains of COVID-19. Vaccination is still one of the best tools we have in preventing infection and the spread of COVID-19.
Will I be told which type/brand of vaccine I receive?
Yes, you will be told the name of the vaccine you receive, and your second appointment will be scheduled accordingly so you receive the same type/brand of vaccine at your second appointment.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?
Pfizer received emergency use authorization (EUA) on December 10, 2020. Moderna received EUA on December 18, 2020. Both reported 95% efficacy, or effectiveness, in trial studies of more than 70,000 people
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Getting the vaccine is far safer than getting COVID.
The vaccines available today were approved after clinical studies showed they were both safe and effective for the majority of people. Clinical trials have included a diverse group of people from all backgrounds and races. The pandemic is especially devastating to Black Americans, who are at risk for worse outcomes should they get COVID—dying at a rate at least 1.5 times higher than white COVID patients. To recognize this, a group of 60 Black members of the National Academy of Medicine recently stated in The New York Times, “We feel compelled to make the case that all Black Americans should get vaccinated to protect themselves.”
Though the general public only recently gained access to the vaccines, participants in these studies got their shots months ago, and vaccine makers continue to follow those trial participants to ensure there aren’t long-term concerns. Beyond those studies, researchers also are following others who have been vaccinated, and these ongoing studies also continue to show the vaccine is safe.
How was the vaccine developed and approved so quickly?
It’s true that the vaccine was developed remarkably quickly, less than a year after the first known cases of COVID. This does not mean corners were cut, nor unsafe shortcuts taken. Though this particular virus is new, researchers have been studying this family of coronaviruses for a decade, so they already knew the best way to target a vaccine when the current virus emerged.
The vaccine technology itself also had already been developed and was standing by for just this kind of situation. For example, the same type of technology used in America’s first COVID vaccines has proven safe and effective in preventing cases of deadly Ebola in Africa. The mRNA technology has been found to work more effectively with our immune system than older vaccine technologies. The clinical studies of the vaccines were not rushed but were conducted in the normal length of time. Some were paused to investigate unusual illnesses—and that, in fact, is normal for clinical studies, a sign that the studies were being conducted properly.
Also helping vaccines arrive so quickly: Millions of dollars were invested so multiple teams could work simultaneously and share the tasks, the government began its review of the studies right away once they were submitted, and factories already were working on vaccines during governmental reviews so shipments could begin immediately.
Can I expect side effects?
Short-term minor side effects reported included soreness at injection site, fever, tiredness, headache, muscle ache, joint pain, fever, nausea or vomiting. Any side effects would typically occur within one to three days of injection and usually don’t last more than a couple of days. The COVID-19 vaccine is not a live virus, which means you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
If you do experience side effects, that doesn’t mean you have COVID or that the vaccine isn’t working. It just means your body is building up its ability to fight COVID (and your body is getting itself ready even if you don’t experience side effects). Remember, minor side effects for a day or two is far better than getting COVID.
- Currently, there are no contraindications for people with the following health conditions, and vaccination would still be encouraged:
o Patients receiving chemotherapy
o People with autoimmune diseases
o People with shingles, or in the middle of a two-dose shingles vaccine
o Women of childbearing years
o Women who are trying to conceive
- The vaccine is not recommended for those who suffer from severe allergic reactions, or children under the age of 16.
Your primary care provider can help you make an informed personal decision about receiving the vaccination. You may also call the IDOH Epidemiology Resource Center at 877-826-0011.
How many doses do I need?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccination are a two-tier dose. After the first dose, a second follow-up appointment will need to be made in 21 days for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna.
Can I choose which vaccine I want?
At this time, most clinics do not provide a choice of which vaccine they receive, and it will be based on availability at the time of administration.
How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The vaccine is free of charge.
I tested positive for COVID-19. When can I get the vaccine?
If you have tested posted for COVID-19, it is recommended you wait at least 90 days before receiving vaccination.
If you are diagnosed with a COVID-19 positive test after receiving the first dose of vaccination, it is recommended that you still receive the second dose at the scheduled time.
What precautions should I take after vaccination?
Please continue to follow safety protocols such as wearing a mask, social distancing and hand hygiene after vaccination as it is undetermined if the vaccine prevents spread of the virus from a person who is vaccinated to a person who is not.
Where can I learn more?
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here:
- CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html
- FDA- https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines
- State of Indiana- https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/
Source: Community Health Network, CDC