UPCOMING VACCINE & TESTING EVENTS
WHAT IS CCCEF?
The County Covid-19 Community Equity Fund (CCCEF) is a partnership between the Center for Strategic Partnerships, Community Partners, and community-based organizations like Our Saviour Center. CCCEF aims to address the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 in low-income, historically underserved communities of color. CCCEF’s goals are to educate community members about the importance of vaccination and Covid-19 testing while providing access to free Covid-19 services.
Our Saviour Center, along with our community partner agencies, are at the forefront of providing updates, resources and support to the community through education and outreach, information on testing and free vaccination locations throughout the community, and access to personal protective equipment. Throughout the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic, Our Saviour Center’s commitment to community health has mobilized to provide services and programs that protect and promote the safety and well-being of everyone in our community.
IMPORTANCE OF GETTING TESTED & TESTING TYPES
Effective testing is essential in helping slow the spread of the virus by identifying those who have the virus and enabling treatment or isolation. Testing is also crucial to learn more about how the virus spreads and how prevalent it remains in a given community.
But for those reasons, too, health officials have to be careful that they’re being efficient with their tests. In other words, with ongoing shortages still an issue, the importance of making sure those most in need get tested means not everyone should be getting tested.
Types of tests
A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests.
An antibody test (also known as a serology test) might tell you if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.
HELPFUL TIPS TO REMEMBER
The COVID-19 vaccine is free
Vaccines are available for everyone age 12 and over
You will not be asked about your immigration status when you get a vaccine
Insurance is not required
No appointment is needed at many locations
THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING VACCINATED
What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine may be able to:
Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
Prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others
Increase the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID 19 - making it harder for the disease to spread, while also contributing to herd immunity
Prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading and replicating, allowing it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines
All currently available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.
All COVID-19 vaccines under development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be licensed or approved only if they can substantially reduce the likelihood of contracting COVID-19.
Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early clinical trial data, experts believe that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get Covid-19.
Getting vaccinated can also protect those around you.
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OUR SAVIOUR CENTER
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Founded in 1985, Our Saviour Center is a community-based 501c3 nonprofit organization providing at risk, low-income, predominantly immigrant and first-generation families access to improved health, education and wellness, with the goal of promoting self-sufficiency in the community El Monte within the San Gabriel Valley. Our mission is to share love, hope and resources with our neighbors in need through community-based services that include a food pantry, emergency shelter services, after-school education and youth development and fitness programs. Our Saviour Center serves 148,000 individuals annually at our main office and at our Dorris Dann Kids Campus.
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