COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Vaccines for the novel coronavirus -- Pfizer and Moderna -- are currently in Phase 1 of distribution, meaning it is being administered first to front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities. So far, the vaccines are needed in two doses from the same manufacturer for maximum effectiveness. While Spring 2021 is the target timeline for statewide distribution, the timeline is subject to change depending on vaccine availability. The Texas Health Commissioner has appointed an Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) to determine the course of vaccinations and vaccine distributions throughout this process. (Source: Texas Department of State Health Services)
The library offers free access to the MEDLINE database, an essential biomedical research resource providing access to many of the most-used biomedical and health journals, covering a wide range of subjects including COVID-19 studies, trials, and editorials. For assistance in accessing this database from home, please call (432) 688-4320 or email a librarian.
Who To Trust for COVID Information
When the public as a whole goes through a very significant change, such as the development of a new vaccine, a lot of information can circulate very, very quickly -- oftentimes via social media. In regards to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, here are some helpful resources that address the mis- and dis-information about their safety:
Establishing the Truth: Vaccines, Social Media, & the Spread of Misinformation, via Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Understanding Herd Immunity & the COVID Vaccine, via the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Myths & Misconceptions About Vaccines, via the World Health Organization
Up-to-Date Information on COVID-19, via the National Library of Medicine's MedLine Plus database
How to Identify Credible Information
When reading shared information on social media, it is important to refrain from taking that information at face value. There are many approaches to identifying credible and misleading or false information. EBSCO has created this guide (PDF) with 10 tips for identifying "fake news." These tips may vary depending on the article, the publisher, or the subject content, but the most important thing is to check the source, check the author, and check the author's sources. See the following helpful resources for more:
Lateral Reading Strategies, via the University of Louisville's (KY) Citizen Literacy tutorials
Evaluating Expertise, via the University of Louisville's (KY) Citizen Literacy tutorials
Guide to Spotting Fake News, via Cornell University
Evaluating Internet Health Information, via MedLine Plus
COVID-19 Precautions at midland county public libraries
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote public safety, both library locations are limiting some services and in-person programs.
The library encourages patrons and community partners to take advantage of our digital resources. Virtual programs, including storytimes, are posted to the library’s Facebook and website weekly. Curbside pick-up is available at the Downtown location.
For more information
For the latest updates and recommendations on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC website.
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