Is the vaccine right for me?

Watch video clips of other Holocaust survivors talking about their experience with the vaccine and Learn more about vaccine safety and development.

Holocaust Survivors Around the World Tell of Their Vaccine Experience

Irving Levine is a Holocaust survivor. Today, at 93 years of age, Levine is receiving his first COVID vaccine at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. (Video by Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

The Claims Conference in partnership with United Hatzalah has launched a national project with the goal of making sure that all 11,000 homebound Holocaust survivors living in Israel receive their Covid-19 vaccine. The Claims Conference will be investing 5,000,000 NIS in the project to pay for the transport of all of the survivors to and from the vaccination centers.

Holocaust survivors Rise and Frieda got their second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in New York city.

Facts About COVID-19 and Vaccines

  • COVID19 is still a threat. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a lot of misinformation out there. It is important to trust health organizations such as the CDC and WHO. Vaccines are your best defense for preventing serious illness and hospitalization from the vaccine. The Vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines Against COVID-19 Among Hospitalized Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, January–March 2021
  • CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is available to you.
  • The United States is once again seeing a rise in COVID19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in nearly 90% of U.S. jurisdictions, and we are seeing outbreaks in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage. These worrisome trends are due, in part, to the rapid spread of the highly transmissible B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant.

    The B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant is now the predominant variant in the United States, making up an estimated 83.2% of recent U.S. cases. The best way to slow the emergence of new variants is to reduce the spread of infection by taking measures to protect yourself, including getting a vaccine when it’s available to you.

  • Updated: Vaccines

    Studies published since the last update that demonstrate currently authorized mRNA vaccines provide protection against variants, including the Delta strain that is now predominant in the United States. Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization and death is high for all current SARS-CoV-2 variants; emerging data suggest lower effectiveness against confirmed infection and symptomatic disease caused by the Beta, Gamma, and Delta variants compared with the ancestral strain and the Alpha variant.

    A growing body of evidence indicates that people fully vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are less likely than unvaccinated persons to acquire SARS-CoV-2 or to transmit it to others. However, the risk for SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection in fully vaccinated people cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is continued community transmission of the virus.

What We Know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
  • Over 245 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14++ 2020, through May 3++ 2021 under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

So far, research on mRNA COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness in real-world conditions is reassuring.

  • All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19.
  • It typically takes about two weeks for the body to build protection after vaccination. That means it is possible you could still get COVID-19 soon after vaccination. This is because your body has not had enough time to build full protection.
  • Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because the vaccines are not 100% effective. When this happens, vaccination might help keep you from getting seriously ill, based on data from clinical studies

Fact sheet on Pfizer Vaccine /Moderna
English https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/moderna-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
German https://www.fda.gov/media/144617/download
French https://www.fda.gov/media/144819/download
Polish https://www.fda.gov/media/144622/download
Russian https://www.fda.gov/media/144622/download
Yiddish https://www.fda.gov/media/144627/download

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