Recently the United States has begun to implement the Vaccine shots for COVID-19. American Samoa first responders have begun to receive their shots as of last week. We wanted to share the following FACTS:
Fact: Covid-19 give you COVID-19. According to the CDC none of the vaccines in development or in use in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Fact: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests. Neither the recommended vaccines currently authorized in the United States cause you to test positive on viral tests.
Fact: people who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. Re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, and there are severe health risks from COVID-19, for that reason people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are encouraged to get vaccinated.
Fact: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA
The mRNA from a Covid-19 vaccine does not become part of the nucleus of the cell, where our DNA is stored. Your DNA will not engage or interact with the mRNA because it is separate. The COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA along with your natural immunity to protect you from the disease.
CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread. It's important to remember for some victims Masks and face coverings can be triggering for a number of reasons. Wearing a face covering can trigger memories of abuse, such as the feeling of having a hand covering your mouth or your face pushed into a pillow. They can also make us feel claustrophobic which can trigger fears of having a panic attack or losing control of our breathing. Survivors have also reported that not being able to see the faces of those around them is intimidating and makes them feel worried.
Possible solutions for victims: practice wearing your face covering at home. Take the time to get used to how it feels on your face. Find the right face covering--find a face covering that is comfortable and doesn't irritate you. Get Creative! May wearing a scarf or handkerchief may be less restrictive. Make it smell good--use a scent that makes you feel relaxed (i.e. lavender). Ask for support from your loved ones and ask them for support. They can go for walks with you to ease into wearing masks or help you find the right covering.
We hope victims and survivors are able to wear masks safely, but if wearing a face covering causes severe distress be confident in your decision to not wear one. No survivor should feel shamed for not being able to wear a mask. Stand with survivors in the days ahead. Remember perpetrators will try to restrict women and children's movements due to their lack of ability to wear a mask safely.
Written by staff of the Alliance