What's Your Why?
Since early 2020, there have been growing misunderstandings about COVID-19, CDC guidelines and the vaccine that has made many people hesitant to get vaccinated. These misconceptions are outdated, pre-pandemic ideas relating to vaccines for the flu, pneumonia, and other illnesses.
It is our goal to arm the communities our Cuero Family Clinics serve with the most accurate information about the vaccine, build confidence in the vaccination, and create a greater awareness about why getting vaccinated is so important for the entire community.
We can work together to get back to normal.
Why Is It A Good Idea To Get The Vaccine?
Everyone has had to face the question of whether or not we should get vaccinated. What are the risks? Do the benefits outweigh those risks? It makes sense that with the ongoing pandemic, recent conversations about vaccines have mostly centered around the COVID-19 vaccination. There are conflicting stories coming from media outlets that have added to the confusion. Unfortunately, this has led to increased concerns and growing fears about receiving the vaccine.
There are many benefits to getting the vaccine that include:
In a recent article published by The Victoria Advocate, Dr. John McNeill, the local health department authority for Victoria, DeWitt, and Goliad counties, shared the following when asked how many of the COVID patients he was seeing were unvaccinated, "99% of them are unvaccinated. We don't have a pandemic in vaccinated patients. We have a pandemic in unvaccinated patients."
While many are in fear of the vaccine based on its newness, Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Regional Hospital, countered that it has actually been tested since the early 2000s, but then SARS declined. When SARS COV2 (COVID 19) resurfaced so did the MRNA vaccine. "I do not share this to debate; it is your decision to vaccinate or not. However; know that each individual that embraces and receives the vaccine that it does make a difference."
The American Medical Association (AMA) released a new survey (PDF) among practicing physicians that shows more than 96 percent of surveyed U.S. physicians have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with no significant difference in vaccination rates across regions. Of the physicians who are not yet vaccinated, an additional 45 percent do plan to get vaccinated.
The CDC's website features a Myths and Facts about COVID Vaccines page to help dispel vaccine rumors that are often featured and spread on social media: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html
The CDC is consistently updating their guidelines and information regarding the vaccine as it comes about. If you're interested in learning more, visit their website here to learn more.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Below is a comprehensive list of Cuero Family Clinics locations that provide vaccinations, as well as COVID-19 testing. Call today to schedule your appointment for a COVID-19, flu, or pneumonia vaccine at 361.275.0170. Please note this number for Outpatient Scheduling at Cuero Regional Hospital.
Cuero Medical Clinic
2550 N. Esplanade, Suite 102, Cuero, TX 77954
Parkside Family Clinic
1109 E. Broadway, Cuero, TX 77954
Yorktown Medical Clinic
508 N. Riedel, Yorktown, TX 78164
Goliad Family Practice
139 W. Franklin, Goliad, TX 77963
Kenedy Family Practice
113 W. Main Street, Kenedy, TX 78119
Know The Facts
Here are the facts on COVID-19 from leading health organizations around the world.
Vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they're made available to the general public.
Vaccines go through extensive testing trials before they can be introduced in a country. Expert doctors and scientists follow strict international standards while deciding to make a vaccine available to the public. Just like all medicines, vaccines do have the possibility of causing side effects that are usually minor and temporary. More serious side effects are rare and only occur in extreme circumstances. A person is much more likely to be seriously harmed by a disease than by its vaccine.
Source: World Health Organization
COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly while maintaining the highest safety standard possible
The need for a COVID-19 vaccine was urgent, so governments and companies spent much more money to develop it in a timely manner. Research and development took place at the same time around the world while still following strict safety and clinical standards. This allowed for faster vaccine development than typical, but doesn't make the studies any less rigorous or the vaccine any less safe.
Source: World Health Organization
COVID-19 vaccines can't give you COVID-19
You can't contract COVID-19 from any of the vaccines. None of the vaccines available to the public contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. They may cause minor side effects such as a sore arm or mild fever. These are signs that the vaccine is working on one's body.
Source: GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
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We Want To Know:
What's Your Why?
If you have decided to or decided against getting the COVID-19 vaccine, we want to hear your reason for your decision. Are you getting vaccinated because of a parent, grandparent, child, or co-workers? Tell us your story! We may feature your story and share it with the Crossroads community so that others can learn about your reasons.
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A new CDC study supports previous findings that B.1.617.2 (Delta) is highly contagious, and is contributing to an increase in cases, including those with severe outcomes and those due to vaccine breakthrough infections. While vaccinated people still have the possibility of contracting COVID-19, they are far less likely to get severely sick or die than people who are unvaccinated.
Vaccination is the most effective tool we have for protecting ourselves and our loved ones against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States continue to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit Vaccines.gov or your state or local public health department website. If you or someone you know is hesitant about COVID-19 vaccination, CDC has information and answers to frequently asked questions to help make informed decisions.
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