CIANA Explains: COVID Vaccines and the Immigrant Community

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

As access to the COVID-19 vaccine in New York City has increased significantly over the past few months, we at CIANA want to continue encouraging all of our clients to get vaccinated, as well as address some common safety and health concerns many members in our community have about the vaccine.

Vaccines and Your Health

Since the development and rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines appeared to occur more quickly than normal, many people have held concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

However, the COVID-19 vaccine is both safe and effective. Although COVID-19 is a new virus, researchers have been working on vaccines to the general coronavirus family of viruses for many years. All COVID-19 vaccines have been thoroughly tested in clinical trials to make sure they met safety standards and protected people of different ages and races, and the CDC and the FDA also continuously monitor the vaccines to make sure they remain safe.

Furthermore, none of the COVID-19 vaccines currently used in the United States contain the live virus, meaning none can actually make you sick with COVID-19. Side effects may include flu-like symptoms for a day or two afterward. However, these side effects are not known to cause complications or hospitalizations and are not contagious. The vaccine cannot cause any other health conditions, such as infertility or HIV.

The Delta Variant

You also may have heard about the emergence of a new variant of COVID called the Delta Variant. According to scientists, the Delta variant is more contagious and may cause more severe illness.

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