This has been a year of unimaginable adversity. COVID-19 vaccines will help us move closer to ending the pandemic; studies show COVID-19 vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work, being informed about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, and knowing what to expect at your appointment can help you make an informed decision regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.
CDC has issued public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people—a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine—if you are unvaccinated, you remain at risk of mild or severe illness of death or spreading the disease to others. It is important that you continue to follow CDC’s recommendations, including wearing a well-fitted mask, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and get vaccinated.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in profound and unprecedented ways. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. Eastern Aleutian Tribes’ Behavioral Health and Crisis Line are staffed with qualified mental health professionals who are here for you, to listen and offer support. All communication is confidential.
If stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row, call your local clinic to make a Behavioral Health appointment or call the Crisis Line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (844) 870-1750.