Welcome to Your Vaccination Guide
Feeling uncertain about your vaccine choices? You are not alone. With a vast array of information, misinformation, differing opinions, and debate, many people are unsure what to do and where to start. YourVaccinationGuide.org is here to provide reliable, straightforward information about the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines that you may need.
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This consumer guide/website/document is not intended to provide medical advice. Talk to your doctor about any questions you may have.
If you think you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. Website updates will be made often. Last updated 1/19/22.
You deserve to stay healthy and feel safe – for your and your family’s sake. COVID-19 can make this difficult. The virus infects and kills randomly, while also disproportionately targeting specific groups, including people over 65, those with chronic health conditions and people of color. You may think you are safe because of your age, current good health or other reasons, but until everyone is vaccinated, none of us are safe. The Delta variant surge is an example of what can happen when we allow the virus to spread and mutate unchecked.
Do you need help finding a vaccination site? Go to Vaccines.gov.
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The Mata sisters have experience in healthcare. They founded Looms for Lupus to bring awareness to minority families and those affected by Lupus, Fibromyalgia and other overlapping illnesses when the oldest sister was diagnosed with Lupus. When more than one family member ended up with COVID-19, it was a traumatizing experience for them. In this video, Estela and Juana Mata tell us what COVID-19 was like for them.
Stay in the Know
Adult Vaccinations. Have You Had Yours?
Vaccines and COVID-19
Are Your Vaccines
Up to Date?
One of the things we can do to stay healthy is make sure our vaccinations for other illnesses are up to date. This will allow our bodies to put all their attention and effort on fighting COVID-19 if we get it. Visit the CDC for a list of vaccines adults should have or visit our Vaccination page for a vaccination card with teen and adult vaccinations that may be needed. To figure out which vaccines you may need ask your parents, childhood doctor or school for your immunization record. If you don’t have it, you can ask your doctor about testing for immunities. Or you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service page to determine which vaccines you are likely to need.
If You Are Fully Vaccinated:
> You can, generally, get back to the life you had before the COVID-19 pandemic, however, you should continue to wear a mask indoors in public and where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance (CDC).
> If you are in an area of high transmission, wear a mask indoors in public to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent spreading it to others.
> If you have a weakened immune system, or you or someone in your household are at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public regardless of the level of transmission (CDC).
If You Are NOT Fully Vaccinated:
> Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when in public settings, events or gatherings. Some areas or businesses may have mask mandates, please follow the rules where you live or visit. All public transportation requires masks (CDC).
> Stay at least 6 feet away from others, with masks on, when in a crowded place. This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
> Wash your hands often, with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
> Avoid crowded indoor spaces if you do not have a mask. In general, being outdoors when around others is more likely to reduce the chances of getting COVID-19 (CDC).
> Stay home and isolate yourself if you think you might be sick, if you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or if you or someone in your home tested positive for COVID-19.
How Do I Get
Tested & Treated?
If you believe you might have COVID-19, call your doctor. If they believe it is appropriate, they will send you to get a test to determine if you do have COVID-19. If your test comes back positive, discuss next steps and options with your doctor.
If you do not have a doctor or are uninsured, you can go to a direct pay testing location near you or look for free testing locations. The Department of Health & Human Services has a tool that can help you search for one; please visit here.