National Immunization Awareness Month: The COVID-19 Vaccine & Daily Life in Diverse Communities

DEC staff members, Nina Darby and Ocean Le sat down to have a talk about the unique realities of diverse communities amid the pandemic and the implications of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Ocean: Hey Nina! Firstly, I just want to say welcome to the DEC team! We are so lucky to have you and its great knowing that we have a dedicated trainer to help others comprehend the unique issues, realities, and experiences of the diverse communities we serve. With that being said, I am excited to speaking to you about todays’ topic. As you know, August is National Immunization Month and so I wanted to talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and some of the general implications it has on daily life in diverse communities.  

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COVID-19 and transplant patients

By NHCOA Media. This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Although it is not known exactly if COVID-19 will be more severe in transplant patients, it is known that the disease is frequently more severe in people with weak immune systems—which includes transplant patients. Immunosuppressants are drugs that weaken the immune system to reduce the chance that the body will reject the transplanted organ. However, it is more difficult for a weakened immune system to fight an infection.

The best way to stay healthy if you receive immunosuppressive treatment is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Continue to practice daily preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick, such as:

Avoid close contact with people.... Read More
             

LGBT Elders and the COVID-19 Vaccine

This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

As more people across the U.S. access the vaccine, SAGE is working hard to ensure that LGBT elders receive reliable information and care. We want members of the older LGBT community to feel confident and safe in their decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more to access some resources from SAGE.

Statement from SAGE Member Alston Green

“The topic of COVID-19 is looming topic of most people worldwide, especially as this pandemic has impacted older adults and minority groups in particular. Many have met news of.... Read More

             

Why shouldn’t I postpone the appointment for my second dose of the vaccine?

This article originally appeared in Spanish on the NHCOA blog.

In the United States, more than 40% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, however, most approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide a level of adequate protection.

Delaying a second dose of the vaccine could put people at risk for any of the new variants and “are dangerously vulnerable to infection with variants that weaken the effects of antibodies,” according to recent statements by Dr. Anthony Faucci, chief epidemiologist. of the White House.

Another dangerous point is that, when receiving the first dose, and not returning for the second, the person runs the risk of being left with a false sense of security. You may even mistakenly.... Read More