Learn why these Marylanders and community leaders decided to get vaccinated and help bring an end to COVID-19 in their communities.
Owner/operator of Hello Bonita Hair Salon in Baltimore (Click photo to read more)
Owner-operator of 1400 Beauty Bar in Baltimore (Click photo to read more)
All vaccines approved for use in the U.S. are safe and effective
Of more than 165 million Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, no one has died from the vaccination, and minor side effects clear up in a couple of days. Meanwhile, more than 600,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Getting the vaccine is the only way to end the pandemic and return to normal
The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community, and to safely return to the people, places, and activities we’ve been missing.
All vaccines are effective in preventing death and serious illness
In the rare case that you do become infected after vaccination, you’re much less likely to become severely ill, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.
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.
Our current information suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer strong protection against most variants, including the delta variant. However, some variants can cause illness in some vaccinated people. This can happen more often in those who are partially vaccinated, so completing the series and becoming fully vaccinated is extremely important.
While Maryland has a generally high vaccination rate, some of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic are lagging behind—particularly in Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Montgomery County. This alliance expands the state’s existing GoVAX program and leverages Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding GHGH initiative by working with barbershops, salons, and other partners to engage customers and community members with messages about the importance of getting vaccinated.
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.