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National month of action aims to get 70% of Americans vaccinated

National month of action aims to get 70% of Americans vaccinated Photo: File photo, News10NBC.

Updated: June 04, 2021 06:00 PM
Created: June 04, 2021 04:00 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The White House has designated Friday a national day of action, marking the start of a month-long campaign to get 70% of Americans vaccinated by July 4.

When President Joe Biden announced the initiative on Wednesday, 62.9% of the adult U.S. population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 133.9 million were fully vaccinated.

The nationwide effort includes incentives from a free beer from Anheuser-Busch to provide free childcare coverage for people who need it to get the shot; as well as vaccine education.

News10NBC talked to Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force co-chair Dr. Nancy Bennett about the effort. Watch the interview in the video in the player below:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detailed information on vaccination rates across the country available here.

You can see how the Finger Lakes region compares to the rest of the country using the data from the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub here.

New York has also implemented some incentive programs to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Just Wednesday, two Rochester-area high schoolers won the state’s SUNY and CUNY scholarship raffle.

Each week, 10 12 to 17-year-olds who got the vaccine and registered for the raffle are drawn. Winners receive a 4-year scholarship and room and board at the SUNY or CUNY school of their choosing.

Students can be registered for the raffle when they receive their vaccine, or after they have already received their vaccine.

To register your child for the raffle, click here.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12-17, the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub has a comprehensive guide.

In New York, employees are also eligible for up to four hours of paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information.

The Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub has a full list of things to know about the vaccine. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: No. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the actual virus (living or dead), like other vaccines do, so it’s not possible to get the virus from the vaccine.

Q: If I already had COVID-19 do I still need to get the vaccine?
A: Doctors say yes. It is still unknown how long a person is protected by natural immunity after they have recovered from COVID-19.

Q: Will the vaccine make me test positive for COVID-19 if I need to take a test?
A: PCR or antigen tests for COVID-19 test for the presence of the virus, not immunity. Because the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the virus, they will not affect the results.

Q: Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
A: No. Regardless of your insurance status, you do not need to pay. If you suspect fraud, you can contact New York state authorities by calling 1-833-VAX-SCAM (1-833-829-7226) or emailing

Q: Are there side effects to the vaccine?
A: Yes, but doctors say that’s a sign that the vaccine is working and your body is building immunity to the virus. side effects can include fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, or chills, lasting about 12 to 24 hours. Click here to learn more about the side effects and for tips on relieving them.

Q: How soon after my vaccination can I stop wearing masks?
A: You will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson/Janssen or two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. The CDC still recommends you take some precautions. Click here for more information.

National resources for COVID-19 vaccination information

The FDA has information about each specific type of vaccine on its website:

Local resources for making an appointment

More COVID-19 vaccine news.

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