5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Asian communities

Last updated: Jun 7, 2021
Here are five updates for those in Asian communities about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 virus is affecting Asian American communities more than others. For example, in San Francisco, people of Asian descent have just 13.7% of total cases but 52% of deaths. Also, even though only 4% of nurses in the U.S. are Filipino Americans, they make up 31.5% of U.S. nurse deaths. There has also been a surge in hate crimes against Asians.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to help protect everyone from COVID-19. Below is the latest information about the vaccine and more from experts who focus on and support the needs of Asian communities.

1. The vaccines are tested for everyone’s safety

Asian communities were included in COVID-19 clinical trials. This helps make sure that the vaccine is safe for them. In the Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) trials, 3.3% to 4.6% of the participants were Asian.

Also, both the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum encourage vaccination. These groups advocate for the needs of Asian physicians and their patients.

2. Vaccines can make catching the virus less harmful

COVID-19 can be fatal, and vaccines may offer protection. If a vaccinated person catches the virus, the vaccine can help reduce their symptoms. It can also prevent hospital stays and death.

The virus can also have long-term health effects, which can be dire and life-altering. Getting vaccinated reduces the risk of these long-term effects.

3. The benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks

While some people have concerns about vaccine side effects, the risk is lower than the dangers of the virus itself. There’s no evidence of the vaccine negatively interacting with other medications. The vaccines aim to decrease long-term and fatal results from COVID-19.

4. Getting vaccinated helps everyone

The sooner everyone gets the vaccine, the sooner everyone can see friends and family safely. With each day that passes without getting vaccinated, there is more risk of the COVID-19 virus mutating in a way that could be more deadly or that the current vaccine would not protect against. Encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated so we can all reach herd immunity sooner.

5. Getting vaccinated is easy – regardless of immigration status or insurance

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to anyone 12 and older. This is true even for non-U.S. citizens or people without insurance. For those facing hurdles to getting vaccinated, California is working to make it easier. The state is helping with rides, mobile clinics and more.

The My Turn site can be read in 12 languages, including English, Tagalog, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Punjabi.

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