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No Need to Wait, You Can Do This

No Need to Wait, You Can Do This

OUR BEST SHOT IS THE SHOT!

Get your COVID shot today. Chances are great that you already know someone who has received the shot and did not experience any significant adverse effects.  Ask your friends and family members today about their experience if you feel nervous or still have questions. 

You can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. The shot greatly reduces your chance of being hospitalized or worse, should you get COVID. It is critical that adolescent vaccinations catch up with adult vaccinations to prevent further community spread and help us get back to normal. Everyone age 5 and older in Arkansas and across the United States can now get a free, safe COVID-19 shot, regardless of your immigration or health insurance status. Now there are booster shots available for all Arkansans 18 and older. Find out more here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html .

Call 1-800-985-6030 for assistance finding a vaccine in your area or to sign up for an Arkansas Department of Health clinic.

Here are three more easy ways to find COVID shots near you:            

  • Go to vaccines.gov
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829
  • Call 1-800-232-0233

Get the shot to protect yourself and the people around you! 

Why you should get a COVID-19 shot?

  • Getting the COVID shot is the best way to defeat this virus and get back to normal— safely gathering with family and friends,
    indoor dining, weddings, concerts, sporting events, and travel.
  • The shots are effective. They prevent 95% of hospitalizations for Arkansans and greatly reduce risk of death due to COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have endorsed the use of the COVID shot as a safe option for adolescents and adults. All FDA-authorized COVID-19 shots available in the United States meet the FDA’s rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Millions of COVID-19 doses have been administered in the United States since December 14, 2020, and all COVID shots will continue to be monitored for safety.

  • Get BOOSTED! Everyone ages 18 and older can choose to get a booster shot.

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots, 6 months later you can choose which COVID-19 shot to take as a boost to your system. 

If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen shot, 2 months later you can choose which COVID-19 shot to take as a boost to your system.

It's your body and your choice. So exercise your right to choose the best shot for you. Some people may prefer the shot type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. You can help your body's immune system be even stronger and able to fight off the coronavirus.

Make your plan - on your terms!

If you want to get the COVID-19 shot, make your plan. You can find an Arkansas location here:
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan

We at the GCDD Arkansas care about you. We have been listening. It’s understandable that you would have questions about the shot. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there. One of the things about the COVID shot, which is very different from other childhood vaccines, is that it matters to everybody. It’s not just about you. We can do this together.

Everyone who chooses to get vaccinated does it for a reason. Arkansans know how to take care of each other. We are a caring community. Take your time and find your reason.

 

How can I get the COVID shot?

Eligible Arkansans can make an appointment at a community pharmacy. Clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals, health care providers, or your worksite. Click here for a list of clinics.

How can I protect myself and others?

Protect yourself from contracting any virus by practicing healthy habits. Masking, washing or sanitizing hands and practicing social distancing are still good methods of protecting yourself and those around you! Even after getting the shot or recovering from COVID-19, you may be at risk. Continuing these healthy habits can be vital to your health and the health of your community. Flu season is another reason to continue using these strategies; in 2020 flu was greatly reduced in the United States due to precautions taken for COVID-19.

If you are experiencing illness you think may be symptoms of coronavirus and your situation is NOT critical, please stay at home and call your primary care physician for further instruction. 


For more information visit these resources:

Arkansas State Government COVID-19 Information
https://govstatus.egov.com/ar-covid-19

Arkansas Department of Health
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/

https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

Get Out the Vaccine Campaign (NACDD and partners)
https://www.getoutthevaccine.org/
#GOTVACCINE Use the hashtag on social media.
Share your story! Cards and graphics available at the links below to help share your vaccine story.
English
Spanish

We Can Do This Campaign (US Deptartment of Health and Human Services)
https://wecandothis.hhs.gov/


Need additional help finding vaccination locations or other local services?

Disability Information and Access Line (US DHHS, Administration for Community Living) 
Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities
DIAL 888-677-1199 (Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM ET)
https://acl.gov/DIAL
DIAL@n4a.org

Eldercare Locator
https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for the aging and disability community.
CALL 800-677-1116 (Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM ET)
eldercarelocator@n4a.org


Have you lost a family member to COVID-19 and need assistance with funeral expenses?

You can obtain additional information on the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov. FEMA is now accepting applications for funeral expenses paid after January 20, 2020 for deaths caused by COVID-19.

  • FEMA is only accepting applications by phone.
  • Online applications are not accepted.

You may visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for information about the program. After you read this information and gather the necessary documents, call 1-844-684-6333 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) to apply for this assistance. Call this number also for help with ALL other questions or concerns about COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. The phone line is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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