Questions about covid and the vaccine?

The NAACP Mid-Manhattan Health Committee has gathered the most recent and up to date information on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Mid-Manhattan Branch

Health Committee

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?

Currently those who fall into one of the following groups;

  • Those with underlying health conditions
  • Older adults (60+)
  • Group living facility residents and staff
  • Corrections
  • First responders and support staff
  • Food industry workers
  • Health care workers
  • Hotels
  • Public transit and TLC drivers
  • Schools (Prek-12), college, child care and early intervention.

How does the virus Spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19  have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

What are the most common side effects after getting a covid-19 vaccine?

After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

How to Protect myself

Important Ways to Slow the Spread

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
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Health Committee

Dominick Boyce 

Committee Chair