Get the Facts about the Vax Social Media Toolkit

This toolkit compiles ready-to-share, evidence-based and up-to-date COVID-19 information from resources vetted by experts and health professionals. Messages are organized below by topic.

UPDATED JULY 7, 2021

The seven topics are listed below. You can quickly jump to messages in that section by clicking on the desired topic.

Variants

🦠 Are the COVID vaccines effective against new variants? Hear Dr. Gina Gregory-Burns’ answer here https://youtu.be/qDXUFG5lhF4

What can you do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 variants emerging? Hopkins’ Dr. Mustapha Saheed says:
😷 Wear a mask
↔️ Maintain social distancing
💉 Do everything you can to reduce you and your family from contracting COVID
https://youtu.be/rtWtk1i3t-U?t=391

Keep the COVID-19 variants in perspective. 🌎
Sometimes a variant identified in one place may not have actually originated there. To stave off harmful stigma, avoid using geography-based disease language, like the “South African variant.” #getthevaxJHU https://www.instagram.com/p/CMSYciSjnG1/

If most people aren’t 💉 vaccinated, we won’t reach herd immunity. But what does that mean? Dr. Janice Blanchard explains herd immunity here: https://youtu.be/FeXcP8nB4yM #getthevaxJHU

Q: Do vaccines protect against new COVID variants?
A: Yes, current data suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines recommended in the U.S. provide protection against new variants of the COVID-19 virus. See more: https://getvaccineanswers.org/question/do-vaccines-protect-against-new-variants #getthevaxJHU

Boosters

Q: If I get a COVID vaccine, will I need a booster later? 🔎
A: So far, the vaccines provided in 2020 clinical trials are still effective. Now, scientists are studying how long protection lasts and whether we will need a booster for variants. https://vaxfacts.jhu.edu/facts-about-the-vax/ #getthevaxJHU

Underlying Conditions

Are you at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19? You may be if you meet any of the following:
☑️ 85+ years old
☑️ Cancer
☑️ COPD
☑️ Obesity
☑️ Type 2 diabetes
☑️ Sickle cell disease
☑️ Immunocompromised
☑️ Chronic kidney disease
☑️ Serious heart conditions
Stay safe and learn about the recommended precautions here: https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/questions-and-answers/#vulnerable-pop #getthevaxJHU

A personal testimonial of COVID-19 vaccination

Is the COVID vaccine safe for people with epilepsy? What about those undergoing a transplant? Inflammatory bowel disease? An autoimmune disorder? How about people scheduled for surgery? Johns Hopkins answers your questions.
🔎 Scroll to “Specific Conditions” at the very bottom of the page to learn more.
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/for-patients.html#faqs

A personal testimonial of COVID-19 vaccination

In a conversation on COVID-19 vaccines, Hopkins’ expert Dr. Mustapha Saheed tackles the misperception surrounding vaccination and conditions such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell’s palsy, cancer and more. Watch here: https://youtu.be/rtWtk1i3t-U?t=1905 #getthevaxJHU

A personal testimonial of COVID-19 vaccination

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.💉 The vaccine reduces serious illness, hospitalization and death. #getthevaxJHU
Stay safe and get vaccinated today by calling:
MD 1-855-634-6829
DC 1-855-363-0333
VA 1-877-829-4682
PA 1-877-724-3258

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Side Effects

You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine, but you may experience side effects. Possible side effects should go away within 24-48 hours and include:
➡️ Pain at injection site
➡️ Tiredness
➡️ Headache
➡️ Nausea
➡️ Fever
➡️ Muscle pain
Learn more and view the full list here: https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine/mtb-stadium/patient-information #getthevaxJHU

A personal testimonial of COVID-19 vaccination

On COVID-19 vaccine side effects, Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey reminds us, “Those are good signs!” Common side effects—soreness, headache, fever, maybe a swollen lymph node—are anticipated reactions. More on side effects here: https://youtu.be/9e1CC4zNfyk #getthevaxJHU

A personal testimonial of COVID-19 vaccination

Side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine occur because your body is building protection against the virus. You might feel cold- or flu-like for a few days, but this subsides within 24-48 hours. Remember, this is a sign the vaccine is working! #getthevaxJHU https://youtu.be/9e1CC4zNfyk

A personal testimonial of COVID-19 vaccination

What can I do now that I’m vaccinated?

What should I do after I’m vaccinated?
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 You may gather with others who are vaccinated
🚫 Avoid medium- and large-sized gatherings
🧼 Continue to wear a mask in public, physically distance and wash your hands
Read more guidelines on the #getthevaxJHU website: https://vaxfacts.jhu.edu/after-the-vax/

A flow chart showing people what is safe to do if you are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

J&J Pause

More than ten million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered. The U.S. resumed the vaccine’s use after a thorough investigation found the vaccine safe to administer and will continue to monitor its safety.
Learn more here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CNnbE9jLHhW/ #getthevaxJHU

Q: What is going on with the J&J vaccine? 💭
A: In April, the U.S. temporarily paused its use after six rare blood clots developed. Based on the data, the CDC and FDA found the benefits to outweigh the risks and resumed the vaccine’s use.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CNnbE9jLHhW/ #getthevaxJHU

Getting the Vaccine

💉 To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland, call MD GoVAX one stop statewide sites at 1-855-634-6829. You may also visit https://massvax.maryland.gov or https://covax.baltimorecity.gov. #getthevaxJHU

To Make an Appointment in Maryland: Visit https://massvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX

💉 To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, D.C., call the DC COVID-19 Call Center at 1-855-363-0333 or visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc. #getthevaxJHU

To Make an Appointment in Washington, D.C.: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc or call the DC COVID-19 Call Center 1-855-363-0333

💉 To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia, call 1-877-829-4682 or visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/ #getthevaxJHU

To Make an Appointment in Virginia: Visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ covid-19-vaccine/ or call 1-877-829-4682

💉 Everyone 12+ is now eligible to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland. Schedule yours:
CVS 1-800-746-7287
Walgreens 1-800-925-4733
Maryland https://massvax.maryland.gov
Baltimore https://covax.baltimorecity.gov
Check online for Rite Aid, Walmart and Giant. #getthevaxJHU

All those 12 and over are now eligible to get an appointment for a vaccine in Maryland. Here are some places to try - don't delay! CVS: 1-800-746-7287 Walgreens: 1-800-925-4733 Check online for Rite Aid, Walmart and Giant. https://massvax.maryland.gov https://covax.baltimorecity.gov

💉 All those 12 years old and over are now eligible to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland. Don’t delay, schedule yours:
Maryland’s GoVax one stop site: 1-855-634-6829
Maryland: https://massvax.maryland.gov
Baltimore: https://covax.baltimorecity.gov
#getthevaxJHU

All those 12 and over are now eligible to get an appointment for a vaccine in Maryland. Here are some places to try - don't delay! Call Maryland’s GoVax one stop site 1-855-634-6829 https://massvax.maryland.gov https://covax.baltimorecity.gov

💉 In Maryland, everyone 12 years or older is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. All 13 of Maryland’s mass vaccination sites have walk-in slots. For more info, call 1-855-634-6829. #getthevaxJHU

Children 12 and older may now get the COVID-19 vaccine. A parent must go with their child to the appointment. To schedule one today, go to: https://massvax.maryland.gov

💉 Everyone 12 years or older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. It doesn’t matter which one you get — they all reduce serious illness, hospitalization and death.
To schedule an appointment in Maryland, call 1-855-634-6829 or visit: https://massvax.maryland.gov or https://covax.baltimorecity.gov. #getthevaxJHU

All 13 Maryland mass vaccinations sites have walk in slots. For more info: vaxfacts.jhu.edu

Your county health department can help you find a local COVID-19 💉 vaccine site in your area. Find your county health department contact information in the directory below and don’t delay vaccination. #getthevaxJHU
🔎 https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

Your county health department can help you find a local vaccine site in your area. Find your county health department contact in this directory: https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

Upcoming JHU vaccine clinics are here! 💉 The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for free to JHU staff, contractors, students and faculty. Find up-to-date times and locations about the weekly clinics here: https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/

Don't wait! Vaccinate! JHU is offering free, convenient, on-campus COVID vaccine clinics. The university is hosting a series of clinics at which JHU faculty, staff, students, and contractors can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. Clinics will be scheduled weekly through most of the summer.

Quiz

Test your knowledge on the COVID-19 vaccines by taking the Get the Facts, Get the Vax quiz below. ⤵️ https://vaxfacts.jhu.edu/test-your-knowledge-part-1/ #getthevaxJHU

Which state has over 70% of eligible people vaccinated and recorded zero COVID-19 deaths in May? Hint: @SenSanders and @SenatorLeahy represent this state in the U.S. Senate.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines by taking the #getthevaxJHU quiz. ⤵️ https://vaxfacts.jhu.edu/test-your-knowledge-part-2/

Which of the following pre-existing conditions mean that you should NOT get a COVID-19 vaccine?
🔘 Diabetes
🔘 Heart disease
🔘 Bell’s Palsy
🔘 Guillain-Barre syndrome
🔘 None of them
Take the #getthevaxJHU quiz to find out. ⤵️
https://vaxfacts.jhu.edu/test-your-knowledge-part-3/