We're All In

Back to Normal

After everything we’ve been through, there is finally an end in sight. The vaccine has been a long time coming. It’s also the best hope for ending the pandemic and returning to a sense of normalcy in our everyday lives.

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our community, particularly for those in communities that have been historically underserved by the healthcare system, such as the African American and Latino communities. For political and historical reasons, being skeptical and having questions is understandable, but for Black and Brown communities who have been disproportionally impacted by this pandemic, this is truly a matter of life or death.

This is our chance to protect ourselves and our community. 

That's why WE'RE ALL IN here in Calhoun County!

Did You Know?

By the end of January, about 4,500 people in Calhoun County had recieved at least their first dose of the vaccine.

Answers To

Frequently Asked Questions

The vaccine is new, so understandably, there are a lot of questions about how safe it is. There is a lot of misinformation being spread by non-credible sources, making people hesitant to get the vaccine. If you see a family member or friend sharing false or misleading information, direct them to credible, correct facts from trusted sources such as your healthcare provider, local clinics, and medical experts. To address some of these misconceptions, we’ve put together the following information.

A: No, you cannot get the flu or COVID from the shot, because the vaccine does not contain either of these viruses. Instead, it contains RNA (like a building block) of COVID-19. If your friend had a fever, headaches, or other reactions to the vaccine, that means it’s doing its job. The COVID-19 vaccine was tested on tens of thousands of volunteers and found minor side effects that show the body is working to create a defense to COVID-19: fever, aches, fatigue, and pain at the injection site—all normal signs that the vaccine is helping to create immunity and protect the body from infection. While side effects may cause some minor short-term discomfort, the benefit of vaccinating is that your body has a milder case of illness when it comes in contact with the virus or entirely prevents illness all together.

A: Yes! Even though you don’t leave your house, you could still get exposed to COVID-19 as people visit you. If you have an underlying condition that prevents you from leaving your home, it’s especially important for you to get vaccinated, because you may be more likely to get more acute symptoms if you were to catch COVID-19.

A: Yes! There isn’t enough data about how long a person is immune to COVID-19 after having it to know how long you’ll be safe. The only way to know you’ll be immune is to get the COVID-19 shot. If you currently have COVID-19, wait until you’ve recovered to get your shot.
A: Yes! Your immune system won’t develop its full response to the vaccine until a few weeks after your second dose.
A: Yes. While both vaccines are effective, you need to make sure that both your first and second dose are from the same manufacturer.

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COMMON MYTHS

See some common myths and facts below to help guide you in the conversations you have.

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any preservatives at all.

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine was designed with diversity in mind. The vaccine trials included a wide variety of populations, including those with diverse races, ages, weights, and health conditions. Still, it was found to be effective for all and with high efficacy rates above 90%.

Fact: You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine because the vaccine doesn’t contain the virus. It contains RNA, which is essentially like instructions for how to build one part of the virus.

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine approval process includes decades of research followed by months of clinical development, including tens of thousands of diverse volunteers in clinical trials. The vaccines were tested thoroughly and went through the same regulatory processes that every other medicine does. It is a process that has produced safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough and more. The reason this vaccine moved so quickly is because the impact of COVID-19 led to unprecedented, worldwide collaboration among scientists, medical doctors, health and government officials, and manufacturers.

Fact: While it’s highly unlikely that you can spread COVID-19 if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a possibility you could get people sick. Until the research comes in about this, it’s best to continue to wear a mask so you don’t infect anyone.

Fact: Vaccines have no impact on fertility. The parts of the body responsible for an immune response and reproduction are completely separate. However, people who are pregnant are more likely to catch an illness. Because of that, it’s especially important that they get vaccinated to protect themselves and their child.

Fact: While some symptoms can be similar between the two illnesses, COVID-19 and the flu are very different. A study in December 2020 that studied over 3,600 COVID patients and 12,600 flu patients found that COVID-19 patients were four times more likely to require breathing machines, nearly 2.5 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care and stayed in the hospital an average of three days longer than flu patients. Another study found COVID-19 was nearly three times more deadly than the flu.

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Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about the vaccine, check out the resources below or call the Calhoun County Public Health Department at 269.969.6990. You can also get additional information at http://calhouncountymi.gov/covidvaccine.

If you’d like to schedule your vaccine at Bronson, click here to get started.