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Vaccination info – COVID-19

20210116 Information

SLO County is beginning to vaccinate healthcare workers (direct care) and those 75 and older. So far, this is the only group, so they will turn people away if they’re not within that category or if you don’t have correct documentation. They are doing approx 800 vaccinations per day and you have to schedule ahead.

This is the vaccine screening form that needs to be filled out and brought with you to the appointment.

Documents that are needed (if not a healthcare worker) are: Document showing age (State ID) and document showing address within SLO County (piece of official mail).

Location of vaccination site: San Luis Obispo UC Cooperative Extension, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. There’s also one in Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles.

What to expect for visit: About one hour for entire process. Wear short sleeves to make easy access to arm. Be prepared to sit outside for a 15-minute observation period after vaccine (bring a jacket).

What type of vaccines? They expect to administer both Pfizer and Moderna. Not sure which one they’ll actually provide at the time.

Checklist

  • Vaccination Form
  • State ID Card
  • Piece of Official Mail to SLO Address
  • Short sleeve top
  • Jacket
  • Register for V-Safe (smartphone app) – personalized health check-ins and reminders

Answers to FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine (from Tenet Health) – based on CDC info 20210101

Q: Why do I need a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most protective tools to protect your health and prevent the spread of disease. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself.

Q: How does a vaccine work?

A: A vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease without having to get the disease first. The goal for these vaccines is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Q: Is the vaccine safe?

A: According to the FDA, vaccine safety is its top priority. These vaccines were tested and approved using the FDA’s rigorous expedited evaluation process. The emergency use process has been followed for authorization of the COVID-19 vaccines as with other vaccines.

Q: When is the COVID-19 vaccination available to me?

A: Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, the CDC will expand the groups recommended for vaccination. In the weeks and months to come, the goal is that everyone will be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available.

Q: How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine are needed?

A: The two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) that are currently (as of 20210116) approved to prevent COVID-19 in the United States both need two shots to be fully effective. Approx 3 weeks apart between doses for Pfizer and one month apart between does for Moderna.

Q: Are there side effects from getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu symptoms (sore muscles, feeling tired or mild fever) and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Q: What happens after I get my first COVID-19 vaccine dose?

A: You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where you received it. Your healthcare provider also should give you a v-safe information sheet. This sheet provides instructions on how to register and use v-safe, a free smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. And v-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Q: After I get the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?

A: Yes, you will need to keep wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands often and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you do not live with. This gives you and others the best protection from catching the virus.

Right now, experts don’t know how long the vaccine will protect you, so it’s a good idea to continue following the guidelines from CDC and your health department. We also know not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away, so it’s still important to protect yourself and others.

Q: Will I have to pay to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

A: No, cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine administration fee is covered by government or private health insurance plans with no patient contribution. For individuals without insurance, the vaccine will also be provided at no cost.

Q: If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get the vaccine?

A: COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated.

However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Additionally, current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon within the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period, if desired.

Additional information from FDA on vaccines

Pfizer Factsheet – 2 does, three weeks apart

Moderna Factsheet – 2 doses, one month apart

Dentistry intersection with Social Work

I came across an interesting Dental Practice in Chandler, AZ called “Peace of Mind Dental Studio”.

While being a traditional dentist practice, they also have an on-staff LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). The client therefore is treated with a more complete bio-psycho-social intervention.

What caught my attention is the integration of hypnotherapy.

Peace of Mind Dental Studio
936 W. Chandler Blvd. Suite 2
Chandler, AZ 85225

Direct: 480-493-4799

www.pomdental.com

Social Justice – Racism

NASW-CA Resources related to racism and social justice

NASW-National – NASW Chapters respond to murder of George Floyd

“Social workers can examine important anti-racist actions they can take in their own community by gathering some research on racial disparities in the areas of COVID 19 disparities, police arrests and violence, child welfare caseloads, poverty rates, housing issues and disparities, homelessness and many other social work related areas.

Ideally, social workers can work on several of these areas but even one would be important and significant.  Once it’s decided what area to work on, then an action plan can be developed to determine who the stakeholders and policy makers are and how to get them engaged in a discussion to change things.  This can happen spontaneously as is the case with racist police practices and violence.  Have there been instances of discriminatory practices (or violence)?  What happened afterwards?  Any change?  If not, why not?

Who are the policy makers that can make change?  How do we get on their agenda but more importantly how do we influence them to take action?” -Janlee Wong

How are you doing, really?

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-CA) mentioned this in a press briefing in May, 2020.

Issue: We typically ask, “How are you doing?” without much thought. It’s more like saying, “Hi”.

Instead of asking: Q: How are you doing?, the re-frame is: Q: How are you doing, really?

The inference within the second version sends a qualifying message (“really”) to the recipient you actually are interested/concerned about their current state (emotional/physical).

The assumption is that you will then listen. How you decide to engage, offer help/service, arises as needed.