Vaccines have saved more lives than virtually every public health measure other than clean drinking water. The COVID-19 vaccines are our best chance of stemming the pandemic and have been shown to be very safe and very effective at reducing the risk of dying or requiring hospitalization because of the virus.
Diocesan Task Force on Vaccine Education, comprised of medical professionals
and experts on the virus, worked together to answer the most commonly heard
concerns about the vaccine.
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NC Department of Health & Human Services (English | Spanish)
- Facts Flyer (Bilingual: English & Spanish)
- Communications Tools (English | Spanish)
- Faith Leaders Toolkit (English)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (English | Spanish)
ADDRESSING VACCINE HESITANCY
COVID vaccines are more widely available than ever, yet clinics are increasingly empty, appointments are going unbooked, and more and more doses are going unused as many are hesitant to get vaccinated. The reasons are many: concern over safety, questions about side effects and the belief it's just not necessary.
The Rev. Maureen Flak and Dr. Joseph Graves of the diocesan Task Force on Vaccine Education address these concerns in the hope it will encourage all those who have not yet gotten vaccinated will make the decision to do so.
GENERAL INFORMATION VIDEOS
The Diocesan Task Force on Vaccine Education worked together, and in conversation with church leaders, to name and answer the most commonly heard concerns about the vaccine. All of the videos below contain the same information, and we invite you to download and share the video of your choice to help share this critical information in the hope it will dispel fears, impart the facts and encourage us all to take the vaccine when we have the chance.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
With the greatest challenges to the mass vaccination being the ability to understand the facts about vaccines and obtaining appointments to receive one, there are several ways you can help both your church family and your community neighbors:
- Share the information. Post available videos, and supplement them with your own message.
- Organize informational opportunities. If your congregation or local community still has questions related to the vaccine, offer an online meeting and contact the Diocese to enlist a knowledgeable advocate to come and answer questions.
- Offer to help with appointments.
- If members of your congregations or neighbors do not have access to computers or the confidence to navigate the appointment system, enlist volunteers to take on the task. With just a bit of information, volunteers can make appointments on another’s behalf. If you are serving a community member without an email address or phone number, consider creating a general email address you can monitor for notifications on their behalf (just be sure you can reach them if a notification arrives).
- Similarly, hold times when making appointments by phone can be time some can’t spare. Enlist volunteers to assist with this method of appointment-making as well
- Share your shot: When you get your shot, take a photo and add it to the diocesan Instagram campaign, using the hashtag #GotMyShotNC.
FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Toolkit from The Episcopal Church (access to both English and Spanish on same link)