COVID-19 VACCINE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a vaccine?

A vaccine is a product that stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first. This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Why should I get the vaccine?

You can reduce your risk of infection, disease, hospitalization, severe complications, and even death by getting vaccinated. The early results for the Moderna vaccine clinical trial indicate 95% efficacy at preventing COVID-19 symptoms after two doses.

Who should get the Moderna vaccine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine’s emergency use in individuals 18 years of age and older.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received 2 doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Everyone must continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic spread, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

How much will it cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

There will be no cost associated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I get the vaccine if I’ve already had (tested positive) COVID-19?

Yes. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine. The current CDC recommendations are to postpone vaccination for 90 days after the infection and prioritize those who do not have natural immunity from a previous COVID-19 disease.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

We recommend speaking with your physician about the risks/benefits of being vaccinated if you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding.

Will I experience side effects?

Our vaccinators are trained to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will monitor you for side effects for at least 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine. Any vaccine can cause mild side effects. The ones identified with the COVID-19 vaccine may include, but are not limited to, pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact us if redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you.

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Creating a Personal Haven Through Mindful Meditation

Medical studies have shown that meditation and yoga have identifiable physical and emotional benefits. Mindful breathing, focus, and movement allow your body and your brain an opportunity to take a break from everyday stress and tension, which has increased substantially during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Creating space and time in your life for these types of reflective, healing practices can be beneficial in a multitude of ways.

The Power of Meditation

Meditation is an integrative health practice, and as such, it has proven health benefits that transcend the better-known effects related to peace and serenity. For example, according to Insider, practicing yoga and meditation can help lower blood pressure, relax muscles, and decrease stress hormones, as well as help you sleep better, which is essential to overall health. It also helps clear your mind, allowing for greater focus in your work and creative pursuits. In some cases, meditation can help alleviate chronic pain. Perhaps most important, meditation is a solo pursuit that allows you some degree of mental “alone time,” even when you’re quarantining in a house full of people.  

Finding the Right Approach

There are many different approaches to meditation, and it may take a bit of experimentation to find the right fit. Some focus on purposeful breathing techniques or mindful presence; others are devoted to emotional centering and being relaxed in a state of calm repose. Meditation methods may be still and stoic or incorporate yoga-like movement and postures or the addition of calming scents or sounds. To learn what is most beneficial for you personally, explore, try different methods, and discover the approach that best meets your personal, mental, and emotional needs. 

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga can be practiced in concert with meditative practices, or on its own as a form of exercise. Much like meditation, there are a number of different types of yoga, including fast-paced fluid Vinyasa and the relaxation-focused Yin approach. If you’re new to the practice, start slow and work your way into more challenging poses. You may benefit from following online instructions to ensure you have the correct form. If you have physical constraints, you may benefit from chair yoga or modified poses that allow you to adapt different yoga moves to your own physical capabilities and comfort levels. Neuro Vitality Center offers several Yoga sessions which participants are free to join weekly, conducted by Brenda Crawford.

Creating a Space

Meditation and yoga are about centering, and quiet internal reflection, which are best achieved in a space free from distractions, noise, and interruption. Create a special place in your home that you can call yours and outfit it accordingly with yoga equipment, like mats, blocks, and bands. Make it a beautiful and comfortable environment and surround yourself with things that bring you joy and peace, whether it’s artwork, a particular scent, or a beautifully comfortable lounge chair. Invest in noise-canceling headphones or earbuds so you can block out any unwanted intrusions.

Making a Clean Sweep

In addition to carving out a special place in your home for quiet reflection, consider the associated benefits of living in an overall clean and decluttered environment. Getting rid of unwanted and unneeded items, letting in fresh air, and creating a sense of a fresh, purposeful new start can provide a great mental and emotional boost. Donate useful items to charity to ensure others benefit as you make room for more purposeful living. 

Self-care is often overlooked by busy people as something there simply isn’t time for. However, relaxation practices like meditation and yoga can help clear your mind, reduce stress and tension, and actually put you in a better state for taking care of other important things in your life, including work and family. Think of this activity as essential personal time and schedule it on your calendar just as you would any other important appointment. You’ll be more refreshed, focused, and ready to take on life’s challenges.

Contributed by Sophie Letts, Meditationhelp.net