Vaccines and COVIDWISE help stop the spread.

Dr Avula, a State Vaccine Coordinator and Jeff Stover the Executive Advisor to the Health Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health come on the show to talk to us about how Vaccines and  Covidwise, a contact tracing app, are helping slow the spread of Covid 19.As of today, all Virginia residents over the age of 16 are currently eligible to receive a Covid 19 vaccine. 

The Pfizer vaccine is available to teens over the age of 16, while the Modern vaccine is only available for adults over the age of 18.

Currently vaccines are being looked at for children over the age of 12, and it is expected that by this summer, this will be approved.

So are they working?  Out of the 78 million people in the US who have received the vaccine, only 5800 have had break-through vaccines.

Why is being vaccinated so important?  While the spread is slowing, it will continue until more people are vaccinated.  The sooner everyone is vaccinated, the sooner we will able to get back to “normal” life.

ICYMI @VDHgov Public Health Nurses and sheriff’s deputies team up to vaccinate the hard to reach in the Shenandoah Valley: https://t.co/oFn2wmHOJn

— Va Dept of Health (@VDHgov) May 3, 2021

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The COVIDWISE app has been such a great tool in helping to prevent the spread of Covid 19. 

With a simple download, you can be alerted if you have been around someone who has tested positive for Covid 19, and accordingly take safety measures for yourself and your family. 

COVIDWISE was the first app of this type launched, and currently has over 1,000,000 downloads. 

Once on your phone, it works in the background to keep you safe.

So while we don’t know exactly when we will be in the clear regarding this pandemic, it is reassuring to know that there are things we can do to help stop it from spreading.

For Information on getting a Covid-19 vaccine:   vaccinate.virginia.gov

Or call (877) VAX-IN-VA

For a video chat: call (877) 829-4682

For Information on the COVIDWISE app:

COVIDWISE.ORG

Facebook: VDHgov

Twitter: @VDHgov

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