Welcome to Your Vaccination Guide
Still 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 6/22/22.
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 and Omicron variant surges are examples 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’
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.
COVID-19 is highly contagious—even more than the flu—which is why doctors recommend wearing a mask, maintaining appropriate social distance, and washing your hands regularly. COVID-19 has also mutated, creating variants that are even more contagious and deadly. Below, you can find current guidance on staying safe:
Updated Face Mask Recommendations:
We are moving closer to the life you had before the COVID-19 pandemic, which is good news, however, you should continue to wear a mask indoors in public and where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance (CDC). To determine if you should wear a mask, know the community COVID-19 risk levels.
Green (low) – You can wear a mask based on personal preference and individual level of risk.
Yellow (medium) — If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public. If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.
Orange (high) — Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings). If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness wear a mask or respirator that provides you greater protection. See the FAQ page for a video on mask care and fit.
You can find your community level on the CDC website here.
Children 2 years and older – Children can wear masks or respirators to protect themselves and others from 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.