It’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t know COVID-19 existed. Now when people say “virus,” we know what they mean. The impact of COVID-19 on our lives, our activities, and our freedom has affected us all. The responsibility is ours, as a community, to help stop this virus. Now we have a new, safe, and effective tool to help us do that—COVID-19 vaccines.
Getting vaccinated adds an important layer of protection for you, your family, and loved ones. Here are some things you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine:
All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are very effective at preventing the disease.
The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills, and fever.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available—wearing masks, staying at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.
CDC has a new Toolkit for Young Adults: 15 to 21 that includes easy to read FAQ’s, fact sheets, infographics, PSA’s, social media messages, and videos. The webpage contains a Coronavirus Self-Checker with questions to help individuals determine if they need to seek medical care. Compiled mental health resources are also published on the Support For Teens and Young Adults webpage to include COVID-19 prevention messages along with contact information for disaster, domestic violence, child abuse, and suicide prevention services. We have identified these resources to be particularly useful for youth.gov’s efforts in communicating with youth. In addition, on the Toolkit for K-12 Schools, programs can find updated social media messages, posters, and videos on how to properly wear face masks, appropriately practice social distancing, and safely manage youth sports.
· Social Capital Considerations for the Incarcerated and Reentry Population:This issue brief summarizes six considerations for organizations working with incarcerated/reentering individuals who are interested in improving their participants’ outcomes through strengthening their individual social capital. The brief provides specific examples of how these action-oriented considerations are being implemented by four different organizations.
· Networks that Work Podcast:This podcast features conversations with human services researchers and practitioners to better understand how to help program participants create and access social capital to improve their lives and outcomes.
Are you having trouble deciding whether you want your child to do virtual or in-person learning this coming school year?
The CDC has a School Decision-Making tool for Parents, Caregivers and Guardians to help you with your decision. This tool will help you weigh the risk and benefits of each learning style. To access the tool click here.
The CDC has a Happy Handwashing Song that can help kids time how long they have to wash their hands. There are also videos that detail key times to wash your hands, clean and disinfect your home, wear gloves, and wear a cloth face cover: