Together We Heal

Supporting each other through this pandemic and protecting each other from this virus is very important. Due to years of systemic racism, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the African American Community nationwide. This is why it is important to "Do the Right Thing" and protect your community by wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting vaccinated when it's your turn.

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Together We Heal campaign

The “Together We Heal” campaign was born to protect the African American community and their unsung heroes. A brainchild of the San Francisco African American Arts and Cultural District (SFAAACD) and the Joint Information Center (JIC), the campaign uses art to reflect the vibrancy of the African American community.


Creating and celebrating art made as a community propels members to choose safer behaviors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s one thing to hear health orders. It’s another to take action to honor the very people they are there to protect.

Together We Heal campaign

There are so many unsung heroes within the Black community. Without these people, vital roles may be left unfilled. Together We Heal began to help the Black community protect one another throughout the pandemic, but the campaign doesn’t stop there.


It stretches beyond the African American community. It embraces people from other cultures, safeguarding all who live, work, traverse, and visit neighborhoods with people of color. When we work together, we can heal together. “Together We Heal.”

Do the right thing: respect, protect family

Protect your community by wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting vaccinated when it's your turn.

Vaccine Facts

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Before being authorized for use, all COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they met safety standards and protected adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns in the trials. CDC and the FDA continue to monitor the vaccines to make sure they are safe.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently used or in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19

What if I've had COVID-19?

You should get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19. While you may have some short-term protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last

Is it better to get immunity to COVID-19 from a vaccine?

While you may have some shortterm protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effects from this vaccine have included fatigue, muscle pains, joint pains, fever, headaches, pain and redness at the vaccination site, occur within the first 3 days of vaccination, and resolve within 1–3 days of onset. These symptoms are more common after the second dose of the vaccine and the majority of side effects are mild. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity.

Who can get the vaccine?

The vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic. But supplies are limited.

We are currently vaccinating healthcare workers, people 65 and over, and people who work in certain sectors (education, childcare, emergency services, food, agriculture) and people who are at risk because of health conditions, disabilities, or congregate work and living situations.

When it's your turn, step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.

Where can I get the vaccine?

Many people will receive the vaccine by making an appointment at one of the high-volume sites that the City and local healthcare providers are currently setting up. The vaccine will also be provided through select community clinics and pharmacies as well as neighborhood vaccine access sites. Learn more at

"I got my COVID vaccine and my COVID test because I understand the importance of why we need to keep our elders safe." — Lifelong Lakeview resident EJ Jones

SF African American Arts and Cultural District COVID-19 Rap Video

In this video

The San Francisco African American Arts and Cultural District assembled a group of young SF hip hop artists who produced a music video that speaks directly to youth about staying healthy during COVID-19. Featured are the Poppin’ Twins, 16 year old artists from Plaza East SF Public Housing.


Together we heal is a partnership between MegaBlack SF, San Francisco African American Arts and Cultural District, San Francisco Black Wall Street, and the San Francisco Coivd Command Center.