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Hear from clinical experts about getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Whether or not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus is a personal choice—one that we respect 100%. Humana has teamed up with clinical experts in the following brief videos to provide clear, science-based information from these experts about your vaccination options. Learn from sources you can trust so you can make the choice that's right for you.

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I received the vaccine as soon as it was approved. My motivation for getting the vaccine was what we saw at the forefront while taking care of our patients. We ve lost over half a million lives to COVID-19 and more than 30 million people have been affected with COVID-19. We've lost some of our dear colleagues to this infection and we've seen a lot of our patients stay in the hospital and being affected by this virus. So when it was approved, I was really eager and looking forward to it, and as soon as it was approved, I received my vaccine.

Why I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine - Dr. Sadia Anees Ali | Humana

Dr. Sadia Ali wants you to know why she made the decision to get vaccinated, and why she strongly recommends that everyone do so as well.

So, all the 3 vaccines that are available against COVID-19 have some common side effects and that's good. And they're not too far apart from any other vaccine. So, you know, soreness at the site of injection, mild feverish kind of feeling, fatigue, tiredness, body aches. Those kinds of symptoms are common with any other vaccine, and the same goes for these COVID-19 vaccines as well.

What are the common side effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine - Dr. Sadia Anees Ali | Humana

In this video, Dr. Sadia Ali covers common side effects you can expect of the COVID-19 vaccine.

My name is Sadia Ali and I've been with Conviva for over a year now. At Conviva, I am a primary care physician and I'm also the Director of Informatics. So long-term side effects of vaccine kind of follow the same process as the infection in itself, right? The whole mechanism that the vaccine is using, as people would think is new, but in case it has been vetted, you know, for many years now. When we started talking about HIV vaccine like 10 years ago, this mechanism has been in action since then. We've used it for some of the cancer research as well, so although the general concept is that it's a new, fairly new mechanism for the vaccine...but in reality it's not.

Our researchers and scientists have been looking at it for quite a long time now. But particularly for COVID-19, as this has been made available for public use, the long-term effects, again, we don't know because, you know, it s been 6 months that we've actually started vaccinating people. But the trials have preceded that 6-month time or almost 9 months-1 year, before this was made public. So from what we know from last 1 year, and I can share my personal experience and that is that some of my friends were actually in those trials. And a lot of trials had a lot of physicians so you can say that hey, we ourselves put trust on the vaccine and we are part of the trials because we see that as the biggest ray of hope in fighting this COVID-19 infection. So again, long-term effects 5 years, 10 years down - we still have to find out, but the experience with vaccines in the history has been really humbling for all of us.

We've seen how polio was eradicated, how we were able to take care of measles, mumps, and rubella with the vaccine. So...and we've seen that, you know, the early on side effects after vaccine are usually in the first few months...if it's going to happen in the longer run. Usually it's within a week, 2 weeks or in a 2-month, 3-month period. That's what history tells us and we're hoping it's going to be the same with this vaccine as well. So again, it's a little bit of uncertainty with the very long-term side effects, but what we've seen in last one year has been really encouraging.

What are the long term side effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine - Dr. Sadia Anees Ali | Humana

Dr. Sadia Ali explains the science behind the vaccine and what patients can expect after their vaccination in the long term.

Yo recibí la vacuna de Covid, la vacuna Johnson & Johnson, que es una sola dosis. Eso fue hace cuestión de dos semanas atrás. Porque creo que es importante que todo el mundo la tenga, pero en mi caso, yo estuve enfermo con Covid al principio de este año. Y creo que la vacuna me va ayudar a ser más fuerte a combatir el Covid si me vuelvo a exponer otra vez al Covid.

Por qué me vacuné contra el COVID-19 - Dr. David Bencomo | Humana

El Dr. Bencomo tomó la decisión de vacunarse, y les recomienda a todos sus pacientes que hagan lo mismo lo antes posible.

Yo diría a las personas que, a pesar de que uno se vacune, uno debe seguir manteniendo las medidas de protección... como usar la máscara en lugares públicos o en circunstancias donde hay muchas personas alrededor, lavarse las manos, mantener la distancia social. Si pueden hacer su vida normal, si quieren viajar, si es algo que a mí me gustaría hacer, yo lo haría igual pero, yo tomaría las precauciones porque todavía la epidemia existe, no sólo en este país, existe en todos los países del mundo. Entonces, a pesar que uno se vacune, uno no debe bajar la guardia y debe seguir usando las otras medidas de protección.

Cuidémonos aún después de vacunarnos - Dr. David Bencomo | Humana

El Dr. Bencomo les recomienda a todos los pacientes que ya han sido vacunados que mantengan sus medidas preventivas y no se descuiden en sus rutinas diarias. Pónganse la máscara, mantengan el distanciamiento social y siempre pongan su salud ante todo.

Please do not believe everything that you see on Facebook and on YouTube, if you have concerns, go to the doctor that you trust and talk to them about the medical, you know, the medical risks of taking a vaccine, which and these are very, very low. And to go ahead and take it and protect yourself. And that's what I would encourage people to do.

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What are you most excited about doing when the world gets back to normal?

Being outside, cutting my grass, doing my plants, my flowers. I have ochres, tomatoes, mustard greens, celery, spearmint, but the weather came by and then kind of ruined a lot of my plants that I had. I'm starting all over again.

Ms. Carol, when you first heard about the coronavirus back in say, March of 2020, what did you think?

I can remember when I first heard about the virus in March. Our last day at our church was that March the 5th, I think, that we wasn't going to go back and that's the part that was scary, not being able. When you find yourself not going back to your church.

Was the period when there was a lot of confusion worrisome for you?

Yeah, it was worrisome because I didn't want anybody around me. I didn't trust nobody being around me. When I stayed home, I made sure that I wouldn't go out.

Did you have any hesitations, Ms. Carol, about getting the vaccine?

Yes, I did. Very much so because I have asthma and I was afraid to take a chance and even taking a shot, but as time passed on and I prayed about it and see all my friends had taken a shot and I see how they were. That's why it made me want it to go ahead on and I know that if I was going to be well, I had to do this because all my sisters and brother, we all had had the shot. We was making sure that each one of my brothers and sister, we're going to make sure we take the shot and we all have taken it. I had a sore arm, but it was just a sore arm and it passed, the next day it was fine.

Did you feel a sense of relief once you got your second shot?

Yes, so much. When I walked out the pharmacy and I had that shot, I'm going to tell you, it was like a load just came off here. Now I feel like I can go out and do things and I know I have to keep my distance and wear my mask, but I feel better. And I tell anybody it's a relief.

Must feel so good now to have your freedom back.

So good. So good. And I know we have to be careful and still, but it's not like it was before.

You have a friend in your community named Heather Diaz. What does Heather do and how did you all connect?

Oh, Heather is awesome. I used to go to, before the bars and all this happened, they had classes at Humana and I went to the classes that she had and we did a 5k walk. Me and Heather kind of, we walked fast. So we just got in front and we just started dancing and walking and dancing and walking and we just had so much fun.

I understand that she thinks you're a pretty amazing woman and appreciates how active you are.

Yeah. She looks up to me. I look up to her too. She's my inspiration for keep going.

What has the support from the community and from people like Heather meant to you during this really challenging time?

She knows I'm a person that likes to be out and thing and she would ask, "Ms. Carol, you need anything?" She would go to the store for me if I wanted her to. Whatever I needed her to do, she would call and ask and I love that about her. She'd check on me.

Ms. Carol, when you think about that first day back in church, after all these months, being with all of the parishioners, being able to sing with the choir and being able to pray with people in your community, what does it look like to you?

It look like a hallelujah time. You want me to get up and dance?

Sure.

That's what it's going to look like. It's going to look like and you're going to jump up and say hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. And you're going to be able to do it. Thank you, Lord. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

That's going to be quite a morning. Isn't it?

That's it. That's what I'm looking forward to.

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In partnership with KCM Media, Humana member Miss Carol talks to Katie Couric about why she was hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19, why she decided to get the shot, and what she's looking forward to now that she's been vaccinated.

Source for physician claims made in video:

“Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed June 28, 2021, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html , opens new window

Vaccines have been around for some time and actually are one of the great reasons that we have been able to prevent so many diseases here in the United States and across the globe. The way that vaccinations work, are it basically, instead of you requiring your body to experience a certain disease process in order to build immunity or be able to fight it off in the future, vaccines actually present your body with something that mimics whether it's a protein or a type of sugar that is presented to your body that mimics that particular virus or disease process. Your body then starts to develop or build these memory cells so that if they ever see that particular virus again and in this case, the covid-19 virus is what we're talking about, that your body won't better be able to fight off that particular infection.

Dr. Frene’ D. LaCour-Chesnut discusses how vaccines work

In this video, Dr. Frene’ D. LaCour-Chesnut discusses how vaccines—including the COVID-19 vaccines—work by prompting your body to build “memory cells” that enable you to fight off infection.

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