Did you know that in Colorado only ...

2.17%

Black or African American

has gotten the vaccine

4.99%

Latinx

has gotten the vaccine

0.47%

Native Americans

has gotten the vaccine

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention people who are Black are 3.7 x more likely to be hospitalized from the virus and 2.8 x more likely to die than people who are non-ethnic White. Latinx are 4.1 x more likely to be hospitalized from the virus and 2.8 x more likely to die than people who are non-ethnic White. Native American are 4 x more likely to be hospitalized from the virus and 2.6 x more likely to die than people who are non-ethnic White.

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Vaccination Phases

FAQ

1Why should I get the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine helps you to keep away from getting seriously ill or even dead from COVID-19.Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, like family and friends, especially those older generations, and people with delicate health conditions. The vaccine also helps you to stop spreading the virus and makes a positive contribution to stop the pandemic and its consequences.

2 If I don’t have health insurance can I access the vaccine?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is accessible and free for all, regardless of whether you have private health insurance, are uninsured, or are on Medicare.

3Can I access the vaccine regardless of my immigration status?

Yes. The vaccine is available for all immigrants regardless of their legal status inside the country. The personal information related to legal status will not be asked for any vaccine providers and your personal information will not be shared with the federal government.

4 Have vaccines been tested in people?

Yes. The vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of participants including many volunteers who are Black, Latinx and Native American.

5 Should I still use a mask and have social distancing if I already got the vaccine?

Yes. Social distancing and wearing masks are complementary tools for stopping the spread of the virus and not affecting more people. These measurements will still be in use until a larger number of people gets the vaccine.

6 How many COVID vaccine shots do I need to get?

Like most vaccines, the COVID vaccines involve taking doses of the vaccine through a shot. In the case of COVID, some of the vaccines require two shots spaced from weeks to up to one month apart. The health care providers giving the vaccines will give you specific instructions about what you will need to do to be fully vaccinated. Everyone taking the vaccines should assume a roughly three-month period from the first shot until being protected.

7 Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19. Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects, or even die.

8 If I had my first dose with the Moderna vaccine, can I switch to Pfizer for my second dose (or vice versa)?

No. You can not switch vaccine laboratories. If you had your first shot of Moderna vaccine or Pfizer vaccine, you should receive the same one for your second shot.

9Can people under 18 years old get the Moderna vaccine?

No. Moderna vaccine was only tested in people who are 18+ years old. This vaccine is not recommended for people under 18.

10How long does the vaccine last?

Medical experts are in the process of knowing how much the immunization lasts and if you will need extra shots from the vaccine to extend the immunity.

11 Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

12Can I have side effects because of the vaccine?

After getting vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

13If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

14Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States and they teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.

15Should I get my kids vaccinated?

Children’s immune systems are very different from adults’, and their immune responses can be different at different ages, from infancy through the teenage years. So the research that’s been done on the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and up needs to be repeated in children of younger ages. The governments have recently begun new vaccine trials including children as young as age 12. If they’re successful, the data will need to go through FDA review, followed by the time it takes for production and distribution.

16 If I don’t speak english, can somebody bilingual help me with the process of getting an appointment for my vaccine?

Yes. We are providing a hotline with bilingual staff who can help you if you have any questions related to the vaccines and help you through the process of making the appointment. Fuerza Latina, Larimer County Health Department and Salud Family will help you with the process of getting the vaccine.

If you have any doubts or questions we can clear that for you. We will provide you the right information.

CALL:

  • Fuerza Latina Hotline: 970-237-6229
  • Larimer County Information Center: 970-498-5500
    (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

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