Being an active participant in caring for people during the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Whitman-Walker Health are reaching out in hopes of keeping the communities we serve safe and healthy. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the globe, nationally and in the district, we wanted to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine and information on how to keep yourself and your family healthy if you are choosing not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
We understand the different reasons that folks have for not wanting to get vaccinated. Whether it’s fear, a lack of trust in the vaccines and healthcare system, or you are concerned with side effects, your concerns are valid. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call our Whitman-Walker Health team at 202.207.2480. We want to hear your concerns and provide any answers that we can.
While we all enjoy these warmer months when many of us can be outside and unmasked with family and friends, colder weather is coming. This colder weather will force many of us to be inside and keeping a 6-ft distance can be hard when indoors. Folks who are unmasked, indoors and unvaccinated have greater chances of getting COVID-19. If you are not currently interested in getting a vaccine, please be sure to wear a mask that covers both your nose and mouth, keep a 6-ft distance from others and avoid indoor and crowded spaces where it is hard to keep a 6-ft distance. If you must be indoors and around others, especially while unvaccinated, it is important you wear your mask correctly over both your nose and mouth – consistently.
The COVID-19 variants today have evidence of being more transmissible than the original COVID-19 viral strain that we experienced in early 2020. This is because these variants are causing higher viral loads in people who test positive for COVID-19 – including in people with mild symptoms or no symptoms of COVID-19. Having a higher viral load means that there is more virus in an infected person’s nasal passages (in their nose) and respiratory particles (from their nose and mouth). This is why it is so important to continue wearing masks that cover both your nose and mouth to help prevent new cases of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. They do not prevent vaccinated people from getting COVID-19, but they do help keep vaccinated people alive and out of the hospital. Becoming infected with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated is very unlikely. Breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated people represent less than 1 percent of every 100 cases of COVID-19. On the flip side, COVID-19 infections in unvaccinated people happen to 99 out of every 100 unvaccinated people.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please don’t hesitate to call our Whitman-Walker Health team at 202.207.2480. We are here to help share information about the COVID-19 vaccine and information on how to keep safe if you are choosing not to be vaccinated.
Here are a few reasons you might call Whitman-Walker Health about the COVID-19 vaccine at 202.207.2480:
You have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine and side effects. The COVID-19 vaccine can lead to some side effects like body aches and fatigue, but many people have also reported experiencing very few or barely any side effects.
You know our nation’s medical history includes race-based malpractice and you’re wondering what’s changed this time. Research today requires community leadership and input. Since the SARS outbreak back in 2003, scientists have studied mRNA vaccines. Although this COVID-19 vaccine is new, the make-up and science of the vaccine is not new.
You have concerns about how the vaccine could affect your chances of being pregnant. The COVID-19 vaccine has not been shown to harm pregnant people. Healthy babies have been delivered by vaccinated people during the pandemic.
You are not sure the vaccine is effective against COVID-19 variants. Data shows that all the vaccines, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are providing good immunity, and protection against COVID-19.
You don’t want to lose another family, friend or community member and want tools how on to speak to them about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. We don’t want to lose anyone else either. Call us at 202.207.2480 for tools on how to talk to others about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Whitman-Walker Health is here to help and we’re just one phone call away! We hope you’ll give us a call. To access HIV/STI testing or to get your COVID-19 vaccine at Max Robinson Center, or another Whitman-Walker location, call 202.797.4439.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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