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Navigating all of the information around COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Thanks to a grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Adagio Health is working to make it a little easier for the communities we serve. Here’s what you need to know:
According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19:
- All Pennsylvanians age 12 and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Many providers, including Adagio Health, are now accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccines.
- UPMC now offers a Vaccine Language Line for patients that includes Spanish, Nepali, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Russian, and more.To contact the Vaccine Language line, call 833-660-2416.
- If your COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses, be sure to return to your vaccine provider to receive your second dose at the right time!
- Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
- After careful review, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has stated that COVID-19 vaccines do not impact fertility.
- The CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
- Getting the vaccine will help keep you and your loved ones safe.
- The CDC, FDA, and other federal partners will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines as they continue to become more broadly used in the population.
- Results from monitoring efforts are reassuring. Some people have no side effects. Many people have reported mild side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. These reactions are common and typically short-lived.
Find more information about COVID-19 vaccines on the PA Department of Health’s website
There are three different COVID-19 vaccines available right now in the US. Please remember that the best vaccine for you is the one that is available to you!
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Additionally, the CDC is now recommending that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. With emerging evidence showing some people who are immunocompromised experienced a reduced immune response to the initial COVID-19 vaccine series, this update aims to prevent serious and possibly life-threatening COVID-19 within this population.
The additional vaccine should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition, or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. This includes people who have
COVID-19 remains extremely contagious. It is important to continue wearing masks in public IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED. The CDC will continue to issue guidance around safety over the next several months. If you think you might have COVID-19, you can find more information about getting tested for the virus here:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
- Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
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COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness, potentially leading to hospitalization or even death.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Seek emergency care immediately if you experience worsening symptoms and warning signs such as: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or disorientation, inability to wake or stay awake, and pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important that you stay home and isolate yourself from others in order to avoid spreading the virus. Even if you don’t feel sick, you can still be very contagious and spread the virus to others. You can also get a COVID-19 test to verify if you are currently infected with the virus – see the below resources section about testing for more information.
You can help slow the spread of COVID-19! Take these important steps to do your part to control the virus:
- Wear a mask – Any time you leave your house, be sure to wear a mask that covers both your nose and your mouth.
- Maintain social distance – stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone outside of your household, even when masked or outdoors.
- Wash your hands often and properly – with soap at warm water for at lest 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine if and when you are able to!
According to the CDC
, “long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.” Factors such as discrimination, income inequality, disproportionate occupations in essential work, and access to healthcare ultimately lead to increased risk of illness, including COVID-19. These barriers must be addressed in order to allow every individual a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible!
Though we are far from achieving health equity, there are things we can do and resources that we can utilize in order to protect ourselves and support one another, leading to improvements in our communities.
All information on this page has been gathered from reputable, factual sources including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and The PA Department of Health (PA DOH).