Annually observed by the Centers for Disease Control, August is National Immunization Awareness Month. You can find more information about National Immunization Awareness Month here.
To date just over 70% of people in this country are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including children over five. Almost 50% of the population has had at least one booster following the two dose vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer way to build immunity from COVID-19 than contracting the disease and counting on ”natural immunity” to protect you from future exposure. Currently everyone 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are allergic to certain types of vaccines or injectable medicines for other diseases.
The COVID-19 is free for all people living in the U.S. regardless of health insurance or immigration status. Once you receive a vaccine, you will receive a COVID-19 vaccination card which you should keep with you in your wallet. ALso, consider taking a photo of it with your smart phone.
You can receive vaccines from your healthcare provider. You can also find a vaccine location at vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1 800 232 0233. If you are homebound, you can dial 211 to connect to essential community services.
Here is an informational video about the vaccine.