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Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (April 30, 2021)

The following information is courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health Coastal Health District

 

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Weekly Update for 4.30.21

Get vaccinated and get back to some of the things you love.

As we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines protect us in real-world situations, the Centers for Disease Control continues to update its recommendations for fully vaccinated people.  
  • A reminder - you're considered "fully vaccinated" 14 days after your final dose of vaccine. If you get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, then you're fully vaccinated 14 days after your first shot. If you get the vaccine by Moderna or Pfizer, you're fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose. It takes time for your body to build immunity after vaccination, so be sure to wait the 14 days before resuming some activities. And if you're immune compromised, check with your doctor first to see what he/she recommends as well.

Once you're fully vaccinated, the CDC says you can:  

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks 
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Return from international travel without having to self-quarantine.

And if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 but you're fully vaccinated, you don't have to quarantine or get tested unless you have symptoms. That means less time missed from work and other activities. 

Another benefit - soon, the European Commission is expected to allow American tourists who have been fully vaccinated to visit the European Union. Vaccination will not only offer you protection against illness, but it can open doors to travel and experiences. 

Choosing Safer Activities

The CDC has developed an infographic that helps illustrate activities that are safer to do if you're vaccinated and whether or not a mask is recommended. Click the image or this link for a closer look on the CDC website.

COVID-19 Vaccination:
By Appointment or Walk-In

Appointments are recommended for COVID-19 vaccine, and you can easily schedule an appointment online at chdcovidvax.org.

We also now offer walk-in service for COVID-19 vaccination, subject to availability of vaccine. The walk-in service is offered during specific hours which vary by county - visit our vaccine scheduling page for walk-in hours at a county health department near you. 

Is it important that I get the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine, while the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are based on a two-dose regimen. It’s important to get both doses of these vaccines because that’s what was shown to be most effective during the clinical trials.

You do get some protection from the first dose, but to take full advantage of the protective benefits of the vaccine, that second dose is important too. 

 

Tracking Vaccine Safety with V-Safe

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Get your smartphone.
  • Get started with v-safe.

Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers to the web surveys, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

Click here for more details.

 

¡Diga que "Si" Georgia!

Un mensaje del Atlanta United Football Club 

"Say Yes!" - a Spanish-language message from members of the Atlanta United Football Club.

More Information/Más información: gachd.org/covid-es/

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