Locals searching for reputable organizations to donate their time and money to support the Black Lives Matter movement need to look no further. No matter what part of the Lone Star State you're from, there are many anti-racist Texas organizations that you can support right now. Major Texas cities such as Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio have numerous options to choose from.
While there are many, some of the most notable include NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and Texas Organization Project.
NAACP San Antonio's mission is to eliminate racial discrimination in education, politics, and many other important parts of our lives.
If you're looking for can't-miss travel destinations, you'd be remiss not to look right here in Canada before you set your sights on a more global scale. A ranking of the 30 best places to visit in the world has been released by U.S. News and Banff, Alberta made the cut.
It's no secret that the Alberta mountain town is worth the trip, and people travel from around the world to see the beautiful mountains and awe-inspiring alpine terrain for themselves.
While Banff landed at number 18 on this list, it actually beat out some pretty spectacular global destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Yosemite, Santorini, Florence, Rio de Janeiro, and more.
It wasn't the only Canadian spot to make the list. In fact, Niagara Falls snagged the last spot on the list, coming in at number 30.
From the bustling Banff Avenue and the iconic Banff Springs Hotel to all of the nearby lakes, hiking trails, and mountain adventures, Banff is a pretty special place that you should probably experience at least once.
Dr. Theresa Tam reiterated her guidance on May 12 about what COVID-19 restrictions look like once you've had your first or second dose, and the government also has a full page of how best to go about handling your appointment and aftercare.
What can you do while getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
If you're afraid of needles or worried about feeling pain and discomfort when getting a dose, the federal government has a couple of techniques you can use to make the experience more comfortable.
You can wear a short-sleeved or loose-fitting top so there's easy access to your arm, sit upright in the chair, relax your arm by letting it feel loose, breathe deeply, and read, listen to music or have a conversation with someone to distract yourself.
Canada also recommends telling the person who's administering the vaccine dose if you feel dizzy or lightheaded before or while you're receiving your dose.
What should you do after you get a vaccine dose?
The government says it's normal to have temporary side effects after getting a vaccine and that they can last for a few hours or even a few days.
At the injection site, you might experience redness, soreness and swelling, or get flu-like symptoms including chills, fatigue, joint pain, headache, mild fever and muscle aches.
According to the government, you can take medicine after you get a dose to help with any pain you have or to lower a fever if you have one. However, you should ask your health care provider for what they recommend to manage short-term side effects.
Other things you can do to care for yourself after getting a vaccine include applying a cool, wet washcloth over the injection site, exercising the arm where you got the injection and drinking lots of fluids.
Canada says to call 911 immediately if you develop any serious symptoms or side effects.
What can you do once you've received a vaccine?
Since most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, Canada is reminding everyone who gets the first shot of a two-dose vaccine — the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, for instance — to return for their second dose when it's time to do so.
On Wednesday, May 12, Tam said in a statement that you should continue to stay home or self-isolate if you have symptoms, reduce non-essential activities and outings and avoid non-essential travel — regardless of how many vaccine doses you've had.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.