COVID-19 Vaccination Information

ACCA’s mission is to promote a lifetime of wellness through engagement, advocacy, education and support. We have maintained this mission throughout COVID-19 and will continue to be ardent advocates in keeping our most vulnerable citizens safe. Much like our strong support of the proven methods of helping to slow the spread of the virus – wearing a mask, keeping a safe, social distance and washing of hands – we also believe the COVID-19 vaccination is a powerful tool to fight against the virus. Our confidence in the vaccine stems from continued trust in the leading scientific experts like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines will help curb the spread of the virus and will help save countless lives. We encourage you to register for your vaccine. In doing so, you will help safeguard yourself and your family, friends, neighbors and the most vulnerable within our community.

This page has been created to serve as a resource tool to provide information on vaccine safety, the available vaccines and ways to pre-register for yours. Please reach out to your primary healthcare provider for additional guidance and any questions or concerns you may have related to your personal health and wellness.

COVID-19 Vaccine Types and Safety

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vaccines, as with all products regulated by FDA, undergo a rigorous review of laboratory and clinical data to ensure the safety, efficacy, purity and potency of these products. Vaccines approved for marketing may also be required to undergo additional studies to further evaluate the vaccine and often to address specific questions about the vaccine’s safety, effectiveness or possible side effects.

Currently, two vaccines are authorized and are being administered throughout the U.S. The Pfizer vaccine and the vaccine from Moderna. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, more than 70,000 people participated in clinical trials for the two vaccines to see if they are safe and effective. To date, the vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Vaccine Development 101

​​​​Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
    Pfizer’s Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine
    Moderna’s Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
FDA’s COVID-19 Vaccination information page
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination
Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination
Myths and Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Older Adults and the Vaccine

According to a January 2021 AARP article, more older Americans are warming to the idea of the COVID-19 vaccine, as a new poll finds that 76 percent of people 60 and older want to get the shots.

What to Know About the Vaccine That’s Critical for Older Adults
Older Adults Share Their Vaccine Experience

Georgia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

GA COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline
This hotline is for questions about COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine only, not for scheduling vaccination appointments. 1.888.357.0169

Georgia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Scheduling Your Vaccine

According the Georgia Department of Public Health, vaccine supply is very limited. Public health departments are scheduling vaccines by appointment only, as are most other providers. Depending on vaccine supply allocations from the federal government, it may be weeks before additional providers will have vaccine available for quicker and more widespread distribution.

Find a COVID-19 Vaccination Site
Northeast Health District
Guide to Making Appointments at Georgia Hospitals
Pre-Registration for the Vaccine (non-healthcare workers)
What to expect after your COVID-19 Vaccine

Why You Still Need to Wear a Mask After the COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccination does not provide instant immunity. Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines require two doses administered weeks apart. Depending on the vaccine, it can take four to six weeks from initial dosing to achieve immunity and protection.

Vaccination Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with the National Association of Attorneys General, has issued a warning on vaccine-related scams.

Specifically, the FTC cautions that people should know if they get a call, text, email or even someone knocking at their door claiming they can provide early access to the vaccine, it’s a scam. Do not pay or provide anyone with personal information for a promise of access to the vaccine. Click here for more information on how to avoid falling victim to a scam.

 

 

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