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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO VACCINATE! – THE COVID-19 COMMUNITY VACCINATION PROGRAM

 

The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic (GBCHC) is partnering with Oakland County to offer COVID-19 education, resources, and referrals to our community.

 

Even though we are no longer offering the COVID-19 vaccine onsite, we can refer you to a vaccination site near you where you can receive the vaccine for free.

 

We are also here to answer your questions about the vaccine. If you are worried about getting it or need to learn more about the vaccine to feel comfortable, we are here to help. This does not cost you anything. E-mail tbellamy@gbchc.org with any questions you may have. Stay tuned to our social media and website for the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

 

We are eager to continue assisting our community in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will it cost me to get the vaccine?

Most health insurances cover the cost of the vaccine. For those who do not have insurance, you can still get the vaccine for free thanks the CDC’s Bridge Access Program. To find a location nearest you that offers the vaccine visit vaccines.gov. There you will find details such as where the vaccine is available in your area, types of vaccine, and if they participate in the Bridge Access Program.

Can children get the vaccine?

Yes. At this time the CDC is recommending that children 6 months and older get the vaccine.

Is the vaccine safe?

The FDA has ruled that the vaccine is safe. It won’t prevent you from getting the virus, but it will greatly reduce your symptoms and make your recovery a lot easier. The easiest and safest thing we can do to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants is to get vaccinated.

Is there any other medicine or something else I can take to prevent getting the virus?

At this time, the vaccine is still the safest way to minimize your risk of COVID-19. Other ways you can help stop the spread is thorough and frequent hand washing, wearing a mask in crowded spaces, and staying home when you feel ill.

Should I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant or trying to get pregnant?

The FDA recommends all women get the vaccine, regardless of if they are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. They also recommend talking with your doctor prior to receiving the vaccine.

Will the vaccine prevent me from getting COVID-19?

It will not, but if you do happen to be exposed, it will help prevent a severe reaction or death.

Will the vaccine protect against all the variants?

The current vaccines approved in the U.S. help protect you against the COVID-19 virus and the latest variants. These vaccines will help keep children (ages 6 months and up) and adults from serious illness from COVID-19.

Will I have side effects?

Severe side effects are rare, but you may run a slight fever and feel tired and achy. Those will go away in a few days.

How do I know if I need to get another COVID-19 vaccine shot?

If you have never had the COVID-19 vaccine it is recommended that you receive a vaccine. If you received your COVID-19 vaccine prior to September 12, 2023, it is recommended you receive the new vaccine. To find vaccine locations near you visit http://www.vaccines.gov.

If you have any questions, please call the clinic and we can help you decide if the vaccine is right for you. Getting the vaccine is the quickest and easiest way we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Tamika Bellamy, RN

MEET OUR NEW COMMUNITY VACCINE OUTREACH DIRECTOR

 

Tamika Bellamy, RN joins GBCHC with over four years of experience as a Registered Nurse (RN). She holds Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University. Her passion for nursing and nursing education makes her an excellent fit for the role of Community Vaccine Outreach Director. In addition to providing COVID-19 vaccines to our community members, she is on hand to answer questions and help decipher some of the confusing information that is circulating around COVID-19.

 

Nurse Tamika is passionate about serving those who are most vulnerable and in need of quality healthcare. She loves being able to provide preventative care and resources to the community.

 

When not at work she is a proud, mother, daughter, aunt, and sister. For those who knew her predecessor, Nurse Kywona, Nurse Tamika is her sister! She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones and is honored to serve the GBCHC Community in this role!

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD- VOLUNTEER!

We invite you to join this important effort as a volunteer Make a Date Ambassador.  You will be trained to provide information about the safety and value of the COVID vaccine, schedule vaccination appointments, and if you are an RN, administer the COVID vaccine.  You will be asked to attend neighborhood meetings, outdoor gatherings, and other functions that may come about over the next three years as fits your schedule. Sign-up today here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

GBCHC is proud to partner with OCHD to provide COVID-19 vaccines to GBCHC patients and their families at no cost. Vaccine clinics will be administered by OCHD onsite at GBCHC on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Additional vaccines beyond COVID-19 may also be available.

There will be no COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Friday, February 23. The next COVID-19 Clinic will be held on Friday, March 1.