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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-18-2021

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8 SENIOR LIVING GUIDE FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | THE VALLEY BREEZE the most vulnerable geographies and with specific health conditions." The three main ways that people are able to get vaccinated, according to the RIDOH, are: state-run vac- cination centers (these appointment- only sites were not yet open at press time), designated local pharmacies, and other local and regional vaccina- tion sites, such as clinics run by cities and towns, some hospitals and health care systems, community health centers, and other sites in the com- munity. "Everyone will be following the same vaccination timeline and eli- gibility requirements," states the agency. "However, some will move through their priority populations at different speeds due to population size and operational capacity." CVS Health Vaccines in select retail pharmacies will be offered on an appointment- only basis via or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Walgreens Appointments can be made at select retail pharmacies through the company's updated appoint- ment scheduler at ScheduleVaccine or by calling retail pharmacies. Cities and towns throughout Rhode Island have been scheduling appoint- ments for eligible residents at munici- pal vaccination clinics throughout the state. Appointments are required at all vaccination sites. What happens at my appointment? Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines at your appointment, say officials. You will receive a vaccination card that indi- cates which vaccine you received and the date and location of your vaccina- tion. You will also receive instructions to make an appointment for your sec- ond dose. After receiving the vaccine, you will be asked to remain on site for a brief observation period. What happens after vaccination? When you receive your first dose, please schedule your appointment for your second dose. Ask your health care provider about v-safe, an opt-in smartphone-based tool – developed by CDC – that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personal- ized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Based on information released by Pfizer and Moderna, officials expect people to have mild symptoms after vaccination. People may feel some soreness at the site of injection, some aches, and fatigue. These symptoms may be more noticeable than those that occur with a flu vaccine. This is completely normal and will clear up in a few days. Some people may not have any symptoms. Please continue to wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands after vaccination. VACCINES From Page 2 Try a new hobby Winter days in a pandemic have a tendency to drag, but embracing a new hobby can help bridge that gap to spring. Here are some ideas for new activities to try: Make or restore a piece of furniture Simple woodworking with simple tools and some sandpaper can be a nice way to ease into the hobby. Key tools to become familiar with include a power drill, a hand saw and/or miter saw, and a power sander. Find a project around the house to complete with a minimal amount of tools. Some easier first projects include making a box or decorative sign. In Rhode Island, where anything left curbside seems to be scarfed up within a day, finding furniture to restore can be an even easier option. Patience is important, as lots of sand- ing is required, from course to fine paper, but the final product can be so rewarding. If you're limited on time, a quick paint job might be a better option than sanding or staining. To get started, why not locate an old piece of furniture and just et going? See where it goes, you might be sur- prised at the results. Write a book Do you have a lifelong interest that others should know about? A topic that interests you more than anything else? Options for first-time authors are more plentiful than ever, with self- publishing the choice of so many. Cumberland's Julien Ayotte is among those who have found success with writing in retirement, writing nearly 10 books in his 70s. Once he started, says Ayotte, writing became almost second nature. The Association of Rhode Island Authors ( can be a great connection point for those looking to get their feet wet and learn from others. Play disc golf Disc golf is as much a leisure activ- ity as a sport, requiring little skill to make one's way around the course. Slater Park in Pawtucket has a great nine-hole course for beginners. All they'll really need is a small set of discs – driver, mid-range and putter – found at any sporting goods store. The course is set up a lot like a golf course, except the holes are large chained baskets. Throw the driver off the tee and then again until you get in range of the basket. Just like in regular golf, a lower score with fewer throws is better. Pro tip: Wait until the ground is clear of snow before playing. Discs can easily disappear. Can everything Canning, a way to preserve food in airtight containers stored at room temperature, can be done with fruits, vegetables, and even meat and sea- food. Look online for recipes and make sure to follow them precisely to ensure the food will be safe to eat. Use produce while it's still fresh. Unopened cans will last for one year if stored in a cool, dry place, while homemade jams tend to last up to two years. There are two methods of at-home canning: water bath canning, which is ideal for highly acidic foods including fruits, jams, jellies, salsas, tomatoes, pickles, chutneys, sauces, pie fillings, and condiments, as well as pressure canning, which is a high temperature method used to safely preserve lower acid foods, such as meats, poultry, vegetables, chili, and seafood. To can at home, you'll need canning jars with sealed lids, tongs (for lifting the jars out of the boiling water), a pot or water-bath canner, and a wide- mouth funnel. Visit for detailed instructions. Check out our Bulk Herbs, Teas and Spices Hemp/CBD Oil, Acaiberri, Local Honey and Maple Syrup 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI (401)305-3585 Tues. - Thurs. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m and Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Serving the community for more than 15 years Whole food vitamins, herbal and homeopathic remedies, allergy & pain relief products and more Reiki, Relexology, Massage Therapy, and Homeopathic Consultations Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates Classes have resumed. (with restrictions) Reservations required Visit our website for more details Make 2021 Healthy - Naturally

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