COVID-19 Vaccination Information

COVID-19 statistics for Erie County as of 10/14/21:

Cases: 239

Deaths: Less than 10

Percentage of Population Fully Vaccinated: 61.1%

New Hospital Admissions: 20

COVID-19 statistics for Huron County as of 10/14/21:

Cases: 206

Deaths: Less than 10

Percentage of Population Fully Vaccinated: 49.8%

New Hospital Admissions: 23

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death, including variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic. However, you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Being fully vaccinated and wearing a mask maximizes protection from the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others.
  • You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should away within a few days. These side effects typically include pain, redness, and swelling where you received your vaccine, as well as tiredness, headache, chills, and nausea. These side effects are similar to all other vaccines that are currently in circulation, like the MMR vaccine.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are widely accessible in the United States. Everyone aged 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost. Family Health Services nurses are able to administer COVID-19 vaccines on site.

Q:  Are COVID-19 vaccines safe even though the vaccines were developed rapidly?

A:  COVID-19 vaccines are absolutely safe. Scientists have been working for many years to develop vaccines against viruses similar to the one that causes COVID-19. This knowledge helped speed up the initial development of the current COVID-19 vaccines.

Q:  If I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A:  COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. There is no current evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

Q:  Why should my child get vaccinated against COVID-19?

A:  COVID-10 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older; the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children 5 and up. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family.

Q: Do I need to wait to get my COVID-19 vaccine after my flu shot?

A:  You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.

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

A:  Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19. Becoming vaccinated still helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.

Q:  Can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 while I am currently sick with COVID-19?

A:  No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.

Q:  Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I am fully vaccinated?

A:  After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, in general you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. If you hare in an area with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and when you are in close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by healthcare providers. If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. ALL FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES SITES REQUIRE MASKS TO BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.

Q:  Can COVID-19 vaccines cause variants?

A:  No. COVID-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. New variants of a virus happen because the virus that causes COVID-19 constantly changes through a natural ongoing process of mutation. Even before the COVID-19 vaccines, there were several variants of the virus. COVID-19 vaccines can actually help prevent new variants from emerging.