Vaccine News & Notes — June 2021

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Do you need a mask when you …

  1. Eat at an indoor restaurant or bar?
  2. Participate in an indoor, high intensity exercise class?
  3. Attend a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sporting event?

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, meaning it’s been at least two weeks since you’ve completed the recommended doses, the answer is NO. If you are not vaccinated, it’s recommended that you wear a mask for all three activities. Outdoor dining is a safer alternative than indoor dining.  For more tips about when an individual needs or doesn’t need a mask, check out the CDC’s “Choosing Safer Activities” page.

Also, remember that even if the CDC indicates that you do not need a mask in a particular setting, states and local rules may vary, so check with businesses, workplaces and other venues you are frequenting.

The "Disinformation Dozen”

Ever wonder how content spreads across social media like wildfire? A recent report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) studied anti-vaccine-related content on Facebook and Twitter over a six-week period earlier this year and found that about two-thirds of the posts could be attributed to just 12 people! 

Check out the CCDH report to find out who landed on the list dubbed the “Disinformation Dozen.”

New COVID-19 videos

In an effort to keep up with the ever-changing information related to COVID-19, the Vaccine Education Center recently sat down with Dr. Offit to capture his responses to some timely questions. Check out these nine new videos featuring Dr. Offit: 

  1. What Should I Know About COVID-19 Vaccine and Myocarditis in Teens?
  2. Did the FDA Approve the COVID-19 Vaccines?
  3. Can I Get COVID-19 After Getting Vaccinated?
  4. Should I Get an Antibody Test to Know if the COVID-19 Vaccine Worked?
  5. Should We Be Concerned About Coronavirus Variants?
  6. Can I Spread Coronavirus to Others When I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  7. Why Does It Matter if I Don’t Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  8. What Do We Know About Blood Clots and COVID-19 Vaccine?
  9. What Is Known About COVID-19 and MIS-C, MIS-A & Long-haulers?

Access the complete list of videos on the COVID-19 video page of our website or on the YouTube playlist.

Opportunity for teens interested in health-related issues

UNITY Consortium, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving adolescent and young adult health, is currently accepting applications for Teen Advisors to serve on the 2021-22 Advisory Council. This exciting opportunity is available to U.S. students ages 14 to 19 years. In this role, teens will share information with UNITY on how they and their peers like to learn about health issues, provide feedback on youth communications and educational campaigns, and help create effective messaging about health information with their peers and fellow students.

Interested teens can apply online by June 30, 2021. Please help spread the word about this great opportunity.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.