Hey, BVPHS Scholars.
Yes, you! We know there’s a lot of information circulating the internet on COVID-19 vaccinations, and it can be overwhelming knowing where to turn for simple, straightforward answers. We get it. The purpose of this blog post is to provide uncomplicated answers to your most common questions so you can 1) learn the benefits of vaccination, 2) quickly and easily determine if you’re eligible, and 3) register for a shot! After all, vaccination is the best way to ensure we can all get back to doing the things we love.
Q: Am I eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: If you’re 16+ and live Pawtucket or if you’re 18+ and live in Central Falls, then YES! *cheers* *applause*
Cumberland and Lincoln scholars: hang in there. You’re expected to be eligible April 19. You can pre-register at portal.ri.gov to receive a notification when appointments are available. (If you don’t pre-register, you can still make an appointment at vaccinateRI.org when you’re eligible.)
Q: Great! How can I sign up?
A: Pawtucket residents should visit http://www.pawtucketri.com/covid19. The site is updated as appointments become available. Central Falls residents should visit https://www.centralfallsri.us/coronavirus. This site is updated mid-week. You can also follow @CentralFalls_RI on Twitter for information on available clinics.
Q: Wait. That all sounds great, but how do I know COVID-19 vaccinations are safe?
A: COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
Plus, the vaccine does NOT contain ANY virus, so it cannot give you COVID-19. It cannot change your DNA in any way.
Q: OK. I’m intrigued. How do vaccinations work, anyway?
A: So happy you asked. This helpful infographic from the CDC breaks it down.