People with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be at increased risk of developing serious illness and complications from COVID-19. PCC have partnered with Montgomery County DHHS and numerous healthcare organizations to help them get their COVID-19 vaccination.
Accommodations will be made available to ensure safety and comfort during their visit.
Special accommodations include but not limited to:
Special access entrance to a clinic.
Safe space designed for individuals with sensory issues.
A home visit from a mobile vaccination van.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will:
Help keep you safe even if you are exposed to the virus.
Help you get back to your normal routine with less worries.
Help you do your part to end the global pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
How Does the Vaccine Work?
The COVID-19 vaccine helps your body develop the defenses it needs to recognize and destroy the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. The vaccine uses a small protein fragment that is chemically made to help the human body recognize and destroy coronaviruses that may invade the body. Some vaccines may require two shots (3 or 4 weeks apart). COVID-19 vaccines that require two shots may not protect you fully until a week or two after your second shot as it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
wHO sHOULD gET THE vACCINE?
Everyone should get the vaccine unless you have had an allergic reaction to another vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is very safe and will protect you from getting very sick.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective?
Tens of thousands of people participated in clinical trials to study the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. A safety board approved every study. Now, tens of millions of people in the United States of all different genders, races and ethnicities have had the vaccine which is one of the most effective methods we have to prevent us from getting sick from COVID-19. For those who take vaccines that require two doses, you may experience more side effects after the second dose than the first and this is a good sign because your body’s immune system is working as it should. Side effects may feel like the flu but they should go away in 24-48 hours. Consult with your doctor to see if over-the-counter medications will be effective for you. In very rare cases, allergic reactions have occurred as a result of the vaccine. Therefore, all who get the vaccine should be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving it.
Should I get the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?
Even if you have had COVID-19, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated to prevent you from getting re-infected.
After I get the vaccine what precautions do I still have to take
The vaccine prevents you from getting sick, but we don’t yet know if the vaccine prevents you from transmitting the virus to others. Therefore, you must continue to maintain all precautions you were taking prior to getting the vaccine.
Wear your mask.
Maintain social distance of 6 ft.
Wash your hands frequently.
Avoid large gatherings.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine
Some of the mild side effects you may experience include: Arm Soreness, Fatigue, Fever & Chills, and Headache.