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Keep the Faith, Get Vaccinated

We need to use all of our prevention tools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to fight the virus, if you are exposed to it. Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away) from people outside your household, all help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Remember: Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is the way for all of us to keep each other safe and beat the pandemic!

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What should you know about the COVID-19 vaccine? 

They’re effective! Studies show that the vaccines are very effective at protecting you from getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, passing it to others, or even having symptoms all together. 

They can’t give you the disease itself! These vaccines cannot give you COVID-19 – they’re made with highly effective technology and approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration – some are under review to be authorized for permanent use.

COVID-19 rates & deaths are plummeting! COVID-19 rates and deaths in the United States have plummeted since the vaccine has been distributed – most states are fully open or almost open!

The vaccine is free – no questions asked.The COVID-19 vaccine is FREE to people living in the US and you will not be asked about your immigration status or criminal record. 

3 Vaccines are available in the US – ALL are effective! The Johnson & Johnson shot requires one shot for protection. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available in 2-shot regimens given 3-4 weeks apart – both must be taken for full protection! The vaccines are slightly different but all effective! 

You may feel tired or sick after the vaccine – that means it’s working! The vaccines may cause side effects like sore muscles, feeling tired, or mild fever – which in most cases means it’s working!  After your shot, you’ll be observed by a medical professional at the vaccination site for at least 15 minutes to make sure you’re okay. If you have concerns later or an extended reaction, call your doctor, nurse, or clinic. If it’s serious – call 911!  

Make an appointment today and get help with transportation! Schedule your appointment today with your local health department, pharmacy, or other vaccine provider

Keep checking CDC, GA health department, FL health department and credible sites for updates! Guidelines for the vaccine and public precautions are constantly shifting – check these credible sites often for updates on vaccines, masking, case rates, and recommendations for vaccine booster shots/later doses or check with your healthcare provider.

Myths and Facts

MYTH: If I’ve already had COVID-19, I don’t need a vaccine.

FACT: Everyone should get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Experts don’t yet know how long you’ll be protected from re-infection and recommend that you get a strong boost in protection. If you’ve had COVID-19, consult your healthcare provider or health department before you make your vaccine appointment as you may have to wait a specific amount of time to schedule it.

MYTH: COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.

Fact: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both the mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) and viral vector(Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the US deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection, or immunity, against the virus that causes COVID-19. The material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept and therefore cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

MYTH: It is not safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day.

Fact: There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with fertility or pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.

MYTH: The messenger RNA technology used to make the COVID-19 vaccine is brand new.

FACT: Thankfully, the mRNA technology behind the coronavirus vaccines has been in development for almost two decades, created so we could respond quickly to a new pandemic illness such as COVID-19.

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