In Maryland alone, COVID-19 has claimed more than 10,000 lives. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the only way to end this pandemic and safely get back to the people, places, and activities we’ve been missing. Learn how you can do your part and spread the word to your family, friends, and community so that we can move forward together.
“As an entrepreneur, I don’t have the luxury to social distance. We are face-to-face with our clients all day. I don’t have a job where sick time is provided. My health is my top priority, and I need to earn an income. The vaccine gives me comfort in knowing that I am less likely to get sick and be hospitalized if I contract COVID-19.”
“I am blessed to have run a successful business for three years in the community where I grew up. We take care of each other out here … I would like business owners to know that getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do so can save lives.”
All vaccines approved for use in the U.S. are safe and effective
Because of emerging variants, particularly the delta variant, there is a much higher risk of transmission of COVID-19 and infection. Those who are not vaccinated are more at risk now than they were prior to the emergence of this variant. And those who are only partially vaccinated should complete their vaccination series.
Protecting yourself also protects your community and people around you, such as those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those who can’t get vaccinated, including infants or people with weakened immune systems from things like chemotherapy for cancer. This is especially important now that more highly transmissible variants, like the Delta variant, are circulating in our communities.
Kaiser Permanente’s Good Health & Great Hair (GHGH) initiative has teamed up with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) GoVAX program to increase confidence in getting the vaccine and also fairness in how it’s distributed in communities of color throughout the state of Maryland.
The Good Health & Great Hair program, based in West Baltimore, provides health care and social support services such as career guidance, mental health assistance, and financial counseling. Program partners are trained by Permanente Medicine physicians to educate their customers about various health topics and encourage them to take advantage of the health and wellness services that are offered at no cost. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group.