SAN LUIS OBISPO — With the latest 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 data.
“With so many individuals trying to find solutions, it’s straightforward for misinformation to unfold rapidly,” stated Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Well being Officer. “I encourage anybody in search of solutions on vaccines to notice the place that data is coming from, and all the time examine credible sources first. Whereas the Web is a great tool for researching health-related points, it doesn’t exchange 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 is not going to be administered to individuals who present up with out an appointment on the finish of the day anticipating vaccine. Close to the top of the day, County-run vaccine clinics might discover that they’ve a number of additional doses of vaccine on account of no-show appointments or as a result of there have been remaining doses from opened vials. Whereas this hardly ever occurs, there’s a course of to make sure that vaccines are usually not wasted. To keep away from waste, we rapidly and effectively administer any extra doses on the finish of the day to clinic employees, accessible first responders, or emergency employees, or switch these doses to a different vaccine location awaiting further doses. In both case, walk-ins on the finish of the day is not going to be vaccinated.
Fiction: Should you make an appointment and are usually not eligible, you’ll nonetheless get the vaccine.
Reality: Vaccine clinic employees will politely flip you away in case you make an appointment however are usually not eligible to obtain a vaccine at the moment. 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 presently eligible in SLO County. Bear in mind, vaccines are supplied by appointment solely to those that are eligible.
Fiction: A physician’s be aware will aid you get an appointment sooner.
Reality: At the moment, on account of vaccine shortages throughout the nation, vaccine eligibility in SLO County relies on threat of publicity and age. Underlying well being circumstances are usually not presently 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 preserve your distance from others to keep away from being uncovered to the virus or spreading it. Specialists are nonetheless studying concerning the safety that the vaccine supplies and can replace public well being tips as new data turns into accessible. (CDC)
Fiction: You’re instantly protected towards 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 not less than two weeks after the second dose for the vaccine to achieve the 94 % to 95 % efficacy that the producers discovered of their preliminary vaccine trials. Whereas safety shouldn’t be 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 vital factor to recollect is that getting vaccinated shouldn’t be an instantaneous cure-all, and you need to proceed to take protecting measures to guard your self and people round you.
Fiction: The vaccines are usually not secure.
Reality: The COVID-19 vaccines are secure and efficient. Each the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been via rigorous testing and an in depth overview course of nationally and moreover by the Western States Scientific Security Overview Workgroup and the State of California. The vaccines are exhibiting 94 % to 95 % efficacy in stopping COVID-19.
Earlier than contemplating vaccine data on the Web, examine that the knowledge comes from a reputable supply and is up to date regularly. The County Public Well being Division and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s vaccines and immunization internet content material is researched, written, and authorized 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 data, take into account steerage from these sources:
For extra data, go to ReadySLO.org