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April 28, 2021 - COVID-19 Weekly Update

This is your shot.

He has invented cool gadgets for Batman, been the voice of God, served at least two terms as president, and solved murders and kidnappings as an FBI agent. He even fought the spread of Ebola as a military doctor in the movie "Outbreak." But in his current role, actor Morgan Freeman plays himself - and shares why you should join him in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, students and employees are not required to be vaccinated, but it is strongly encouraged so we ensure a healthy and full return to in-person classes and work this fall. Maybe one of these myths is keeping you from getting vaccinated?

MYTH: College-aged young adults have an extremely low risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19.
FACT: False. Although the severity of COVID-19 is different from one person to the next, everyone is at risk. The COVID-19 vaccine provides two types of protection: direct protection to recipients and indirect protection to others around them by slowing transmission. More vaccinations mean fewer transmissions and a quicker end to this pandemic.

MYTH: I have already had COVID-19 - or at least I think I did, but I never had symptoms. I am pretty sure I am immune now and do not need to be vaccinated.
FACT: False. The CDC recommends that everyone should be vaccinated regardless of whether they already had COVID-19. That is because experts don't know yet how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering.

MYTH: Getting a COVID vaccine could negatively affect my future fertility.
FACT: False. CDC studies indicate that there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, for any gender. In addition, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with someone's DNA in any way.

MYTH: I have been told that the ________ COVID-19 vaccine is the best one to get.
FACT: False. The "best" vaccine for anyone to get is the first one that they are offered. Vaccine efficacy rates may differ from one manufacturer to the next, but protecting yourself as quickly as possible with whatever vaccine is offered to you is the "best" approach.

MYTH: The spread of COVID-19 has significantly reduced since others have gotten the vaccine.
FACT: False. In Georgia, only about 20% of residents have been fully vaccinated, and in Muscogee County, estimates are around 14% - meaning we are far from achieving "herd immunity." The fact is, scientists estimate that 70% of a given population needs to be immune through vaccination or past exposure to reach that level. Until then, contracting COVID-19 remains a reality.

Even on the CSU campus, week-to-week COVID-related cases have remained constant or risen slightly - not decreased. As of Monday, April 26, we had nine active positive cases of COVID-19 and another 22 individuals being monitored for active exposures or symptoms. Self-reporting positive tests, suspicious symptoms or possible exposures is still vital to the overall health and safety of everyone at CSU.

MYTH: Vaccine supplies are limited, so I should wait to get mine so that older people can be vaccinated before supplies run out.
FACT: False. The vaccines have never been more widely available than now. In fact, in some areas, availability is outpacing demand.

MYTH: Finding a vaccination site will take forever!
FACT: False. More and more private health providers and retail pharmacies are administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Free public resources also remain available to anyone 16 and older who wish to be vaccinated, including (click the links for operating hours and appointment guidelines):

So, follow Morgan Freeman's advice. Take care of one another by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This is your shot. Show our community that CSU is making wise choices and that we are doing our part to keep ourselves and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
Shana Young and Julio Llanos, Co-Chairs
COVID-19 Response Team