SAN LUIS OBISPO — With the current launch of two COVID-19 vaccines, San Luis Obispo County Well being officers warn that misinformation is spreading on-line. County officers remind the group to look to trusted, credible sources for correct info.
“With so many individuals trying to find solutions, it’s straightforward for misinformation to unfold rapidly,” mentioned Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Well being Officer. “I encourage anybody on the lookout for solutions on vaccines to notice the place that info is coming from, and at all times test credible sources first. Whereas the Web is a great tool for researching health-related points, it doesn’t change a dialogue with a public well being or healthcare skilled.”
High 6 COVID-19 Myths Discovered on the Web:
Fiction: There are leftover vaccines on the finish of the day, and you’ll stroll as much as get one.
Reality: Leftover doses won’t be administered to individuals who present up with out an appointment on the finish of the day anticipating vaccine. Close to the tip of the day, County-run vaccine clinics could discover that they’ve a number of further doses of vaccine because of no-show appointments or as a result of there have been remaining doses from opened vials. Whereas this not often occurs, there’s a course of to make sure that vaccines will not be wasted. To keep away from waste, we rapidly and effectively administer any extra doses on the finish of the day to clinic employees, out there first responders, or emergency staff, or switch these doses to a different vaccine location awaiting extra doses. In both case, walk-ins on the finish of the day won’t be vaccinated.
Fiction: When you make an appointment and will not be eligible, you’ll nonetheless get the vaccine.
Reality: Vaccine clinic employees will politely flip you away in case you make an appointment however will not be eligible to obtain a vaccine presently. With restricted vaccine provide, the County is first vaccinating these most in danger for publicity and severe well being outcomes. Go to RecoverSLO.org/vaccine to see who’s at present eligible in SLO County. Bear in mind, vaccines are supplied by appointment solely to those that are eligible.
Fiction: A health care provider’s be aware will allow you to get an appointment sooner.
Reality: Presently, because of vaccine shortages throughout the nation, vaccine eligibility in SLO County relies on danger of publicity and age. Underlying well being situations will not be at present an element. Discover out when it’s your flip to get vaccinated at RecoverSLO.org/vaccine.
Fiction: As soon as vaccinated, you don’t want to put on a masks or socially distance.
Reality: You’ll be able to nonetheless get the virus a number of weeks after getting vaccinated. It is best to nonetheless put on a masks in public, incessantly wash your palms, and hold your distance from others to keep away from being uncovered to the virus or spreading it. Consultants are nonetheless studying in regards to the safety that the vaccine offers and can replace public well being pointers as new info turns into out there. (CDC)
Fiction: You’re instantly protected in opposition to COVID-19 as soon as vaccinated.
Reality: You’ll be able to nonetheless get the virus a number of weeks after getting vaccinated. Safety begins to construct quickly after you obtain the primary dose however takes each doses and no less than two weeks after the second dose for the vaccine to succeed in the 94 p.c to 95 p.c efficacy that the producers discovered of their preliminary vaccine trials. Whereas safety isn’t speedy as soon as the vaccine enters your arm, researchers discovered there was a noticeable drop-off in new COVID-19 instances in these vaccinated (in comparison with the placebo group) beginning about ten days after the primary shot. The essential factor to recollect is that getting vaccinated isn’t an instantaneous cure-all, and you could proceed to take protecting measures to guard your self and people round you.
Fiction: The vaccines will not be protected.
Reality: The COVID-19 vaccines are protected and efficient. Each the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been via rigorous testing and an in depth evaluation course of nationally and moreover by the Western States Scientific Security Evaluate Workgroup and the State of California. The vaccines are exhibiting 94 p.c to 95 p.c efficacy in stopping COVID-19.
Earlier than contemplating vaccine info on the Web, test that the knowledge comes from a reputable supply and is up to date frequently. The County Public Well being Division and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s vaccines and immunization internet content material is researched, written, and accredited by material consultants, together with physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, and analysts. Science and public well being knowledge are incessantly up to date.
As you look on-line for vaccine info, contemplate steerage from these sources:
For extra info, go to ReadySLO.org