Our lives have been impacted in dramatic ways this past year as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout our communities and world. In April 2021, Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports over 31,000,000 cases in the United States and more than 560,000 deaths. Our hearts are with the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost friends and family from this terrible virus.
With 3 vaccines now available to the public, there is hope on the horizon!
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus and take steps to protect yourself and others from infection. CDC offers important information about the virus and ways to slow the spread which includes:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
At Lilliput, the safety and wellbeing of our children, youth and families – and their loved ones – are our top priority. We know that many people in the communities we serve have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to long-standing systemic health and social inequities. We are committed to breaking down the barriers that create these inequities so that everyone has a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
These resources are provided to help you get information about COVID-19, testing and vaccines. If you receive services from Lilliput, please call your local office if you would like help accessing health care services. Together, we can help end this pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone age 16 and up. Each of the vaccines are FREE. To sign up and get notifications of appointments available in your area, register at: https://myturn.ca.gov
You can also find helpful information about COVID-19, testing and vaccine appointments on your county public health website:
Contra Costa (https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/vaccine)
Santa Rosa (https://srcity.org/3501/Vaccinate-SoCo)
Check out these fliers in English and Spanish with medical information about the vaccines
Listen to what the Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, has to say about the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the African Ancestry community, vaccines and how our communities will recover from the pandemic. She joins other African American doctors, public health representatives, and community leaders in a Bay Area Town Hall meeting hosted by COVID-19 BLACK.