Everyone 12 years and older is eligible to get the COVID Vaccine!
If you are in Milwaukee, you can get a vaccine from the Milwaukee Health Department or from other providers. The vaccines are FREE, and your health insurance information will not be collected. For those who have mobility issues, vaccines can be provide in your home for no charge. Call (414) 286-6800 to schedule an appointment.
The vaccines are safe and effective. Some people have side effects from the vaccine. This is your body's response to building immunity. It takes about two weeks from your second vaccine to have all of the immunity built up. Once you have been fully vaccinated and have waited the extra two weeks, you can go back to doing the things you did before the pandemic. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the vaccines that can cause people to be uncomfortable getting the vaccine. Find more information here and here to help separate fact from fiction!
COVID-19 has disrupted lives and systems. CCMH has collected resources below for all these reasons so we can support the physical separation necessary to stop this thing and still build social connections for resilience. Please email us more of these resources. Below the resources are definitions of words you have heard recently.
If you need basic resources (un/employment, food, shelter, medical needs, etc.), then text COVID19 to 211-211 or visit the 211 website. Well-Badger (1-800-642-7837) and Medical College of Wisconsin also have resource lists. If you think you might be at risk or may be showing symptoms, Wisconsin Department of Health Services has your most up to date information and what to do.
Some helpful information and useful definitions about COVID-19:
COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus Disease) is a virus strain that began spreading in people in December of 2019. We are learning so much about this virus (and its "variants') every day. You can help stop some myths or go here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) . What you need to know is that it can cause severe illness and pneumonia (nobody is immune but you may not show symptoms). It spreads through droplets from the throat or nose either breathed in when someone sneezes or coughs or when someone touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their mouth, face, or eyes. Learn more here in multiple languages and share.
Social Distancing: intentionally increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least 6 feet away from others can lessen your chance of illness. It can also include working from home, closing schools, visiting loved ones via electronic devices, and cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings.
Self-Quarantine: People who have been exposed or are at-risk of coming down with COVID-19 may self-quarantine. It is recommended to last 14 days and involves staying home, staying at least 6 feet away from people in your home, not having visitors, not sharing towels or utensils, and washing hands frequently.
Telehealth: The use of technology (phone, video, etc.) to connect with patients rather than meeting in person with patients. Telehealth (or "Telemedicine" as it is also called) became an important way for people to connect to their healthcare and mental health providers during the pandemic, and it will most likely remain an option for care after the pandemic.
Vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Even if you have had the illness, vaccines can help your immune system fight off the virus should you be exposed to the virus again.
Variant: Viruses are known for their ability to change and adapt to their environments, a process caused "mutation". This is common with viruses, and we are learning more about them every day. More information on virus variants can be found here.