THE MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE IS ALL !N
The rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our way of life. Milwaukee Urban League is all in and here to keep you informed! Read MUL President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall's editorial piece here to learn more about the ALL !N campaign and how you can help stop the spread of coronavirus. We're all in this together.
Fighting Back Against COVID-19
The past year has been hard on all of us. Between living day-to-day not knowing how to protect ourselves from COVID-19, being isolated from friends and family, and not knowing when life would return to normal – it felt like we lost a year of our lives.
What if we told you that the end is in sight and there's a way to get your life back on track. Researchers from around the globe, including many who look like us, spent months developing and testing a vaccine to protect us from COVID-19 and spreading it on to others. Learn more about what's possible through getting vaccinated and the options available to you.
The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) threatens communities across our nation and millions of people around the globe. As COVID-19 continues to effect the Milwaukee community, MUL encourages everyone to practice all preventative measures outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services including, but not limited to:
Vaccines have been around for centuries. In fact, the first vaccine used in the world was created to stop the spread of smallpox. Thanks to the adoption of that vaccine, our bodies have been able to develop a resistance to the virus making it far less of a public health threat today than it was in the 1700's.
The same is possible with the COVID-19 vaccine.
In fact, millions of people have already been vaccinated and Black and Brown people made up 1 in 3 of the vaccine trial participants. It was also tested on people with existing health conditions and people of all ages and determined safe to be used.
Even if you're already had COVID, studies show that getting vaccinated can prevent you from getting infected again and protect you from serious symptoms.
As of May 2021, the CDC and FDA have determined that the vaccine is safe for people under 18 and it is now available to children 12 to 15 years old.
If you're interested in getting vaccinated there are three options for you:
What's In The Vaccine?
If you're worried about the COVID-19 vaccine giving you COVID, you don't have to. The vaccine was developed without using the live virus to avoid causing serious illness and reactions. In fact, the most common side effects of this vaccine are pain where patients receive an injection, fatigue, and headaches. Prior to receiving a vaccine, you are asked about your allergies to avoid serious reactions and each person is monitored closely for 15 minutes after each dose.
For more information on what's in each individual vaccine read more below.
Fully Vaccinated? Learn What You Can Start To Do
According to the latest guidance from the CDC, If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
Five Things You Need to Know About the Delta Variant
This summer we are beginning to see a fourth COVID-19 surge in the United States. The Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads much more easily and causes more serious infections in those who are infected. The CDC has recommended that Americans wear masks during indoor and outdoor activities to stop the spread of the variant – even if you're fully vaccinated. Here is more information on the variant.
Can My Kids Participate in Summer Activities?
After a year separated from their friends, many of our kids are struggling to adjust to the "new normal." However with the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC has issued recommendations for summer camps to safely open and get our kids back to normal.
More About the Vaccine
We've developed this list of FAQs to help you learn more about the vaccine.
After extensive testing, three COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved by the FDA for public use:
Employers are allowed to require the COVID-19 vaccine, and can also legally provide incentives, including cash, to workers who get jabbed, according to updated guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Companies must still provide reasonable accommodation for employees who are exempt from mandatory immunization under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
It’s normal to experience some mild discomfort following a vaccine. This means it’s working and creating an immune response in your body. You may feel soreness or experience some swelling in your arm. You may also feel tired, have a headache, fever, or chills.
These symptoms do not mean you have COVID-19 — it’s not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine. These symptoms may impact your daily activities, but they shouldn’t last more than 2-3 days. If they continue or get worse, call your doctor, nurse, or clinic. Even if you have these types of effects after your first shot, it’s important to make sure you get the second one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot. Ask your doctor if you have questions.
Your body takes time to build immunity. You may not be fully protected against COVID-19 until 1-2 weeks after your second shot. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:
The CDC and FDA have recommended the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. The FDA has determined that the available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older.
Mild to moderate headaches and muscle aches are common in the first three days after vaccination and don't require emergency care.
If you received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last three weeks and are experiencing any unexplained new severe symptoms, seek emergency care. Possible symptoms include:
Women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen.
If you have an underlying medical condition, you can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, vaccination is especially important for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure, because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Ask your doctor if you have specific questions.
If you have an autoimmune condition, you may receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). However, you should consult with your doctor, nurse, or other health providers to discuss whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Medical experts do not know exactly what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. Herd immunity is a term used to describe when enough people have protection — either from previous infection or vaccination — that it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread and cause disease. As a result, everyone within the community is protected even if some people don’t have any protection themselves. The percentage of people who need to have protection in order to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who are immune.
There are two main paths to herd immunity for COVID-19 — infection, and vaccines.
Unlike natural infection, when people pass a virus on to one another, vaccines create immunity without causing illness or resulting complications. Using the concept of herd immunity, vaccines have successfully controlled contagious diseases such as smallpox, polio, diphtheria, rubella, and many others.
According to the latest CDC guidance, fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors in most situations.
The agency was not specific about masking in some settings, including schools. And even fully vaccinated people are still told to cover their faces when visiting health care facilities, while flying or taking public transit, and in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, as well as prisons or jails.
Continuing to wear a mask helps protect others while we learn more about how COVID-19 spreads. It also helps protect people who are not able to get vaccinated — such as pregnant women or young children.
The World Health Organization is urging fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks, social distance and practice other Covid-19 pandemic safety measures as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly across the globe.
The variant, first found in India but now in at least 92 countries, is the fastest and fittest coronavirus strain yet, and it will affect the most vulnerable people, especially in places with low COVID vaccination rates.
Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States should work against these variants. For this reason, COVID-19 vaccines are an essential tool to protect people against COVID-19, including against new variants. CDC recommends getting vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is available to you.
We need to work together to get to the end of this pandemic. While trial data suggests authorized COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, we will only manage the pandemic if enough people take them. Vaccine manufacturers are producing and distributing millions of doses of the vaccines and all 50 states have announced when they plan to open up coronavirus vaccinations to everyone eligible under US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations -- if they haven't done so already. Until enough people have been immunized against COVID-19, we should continue wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart from people we don’t live with, avoiding crowds, and washing our hands.