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COVID-19 Vaccine Screening Questions in ASL (American Sign Language)



American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. In the US, it is used by about 500,000 people.


Here at ILC, ASL is one of our most popular languages to learn.



Bill Zart (Director of New Business & Translations) shows us how to ask COVID-19 vaccine screening questions in ASL.


Here's the ASL transcript from the video!

1. Are you feeling sick today?

NOW + YOU + FEEL + SICK


2. Have you ever received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

YOU + GET + D-O-S-E + COVID + 19 + VACCINE + PAST

If yes, which vaccine product did you receive? Pfizer Moderna Another product

YES? WHICH? P-F-I-Z-E-R + M-O-D-E-R-N-A + OTHER


3. Have you ever had an allergic reaction to:

YOU + HAVE + ALLERGY + REACTION + PAST

• A component of the COVID-19 vaccine, including polyethylene glycol (PEG), which is found in some medications, such as laxatives and preparations for colonoscopy procedures

SOMETHING + IN + COVID + 19 + VACCINE + FOR-EXAMPLE + P-O-L-Y-E-T-H-Y-L-E-N-E + G-L-Y-C-O-L

• Polysorbate

P-O-L-Y-S-O-R-B-A-T-E

• A previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine

PAST + D-O-S-E + COVID + 19 + VACCINE


4. Have you ever had an allergic reaction to another vaccine (other than COVID-19 vaccine) or an injectable medication?

YOU + HAVE + ALLERGY + REACTION + PAST + OTHER + VACCINE + O-R + SHOT + MEDICINE


5. Have you ever had a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to something other than a component of COVID-19 vaccine, polysorbate, or any vaccine or injectable medication? This would include food, pet, environmental, or oral medication allergies.

YOU + HAVE + STRONG + ALLERGY + REACTION + PAST + FOR-EXAMPLE + A-N-A-P-H-Y-L-A-X-I-S + SOMETHING + NOT + IN + COVID + 19 + VACCINE + P-O-L-Y-S-O-R-B-A-T-E + OTHER + VACCINE + O-R + SHOT + MEDICINE + FOR-EXAMPLE + ALLERGY + FOOD + P-E-T + ENVIRONMENT + TAKE-PILL + MEDICINE


6. Have you received any vaccine in the last 14 days?

YOU + GET + VACCINE + PAST + 14 + DAY


7. Have you ever had a positive test for COVID-19 or has a doctor ever told you that you had COVID-19?

YOU + HAVE + POSITIVE + COVID + 19 + TEST + PAST + O-R + DOCTOR + TELL-YOU + HAVE + COVID + 19


8. Have you received passive antibody therapy as treatment for COVID-19?

YOU + GET + P-A-S-S-I-V-E + A-N-T-I-B-O-D-Y + THERAPY + CARE + FOR + COVID + 19 + PAST


9. Do you have a weakened immune system caused by something such as HIV infection or cancer or do you take immunosuppressive drugs or therapies?

YOU + HAVE + WEAK + BLOCK + SYSTEM + WHY + H-I-V + CANCER + O-R + YOU + GET + MEDICINE O-R + THERAPY + STOP + BLOCK + SYSTEM


10. Do you have a bleeding disorder or are you taking a blood thinner?

YOU + HAVE + BLOOD + SICK + O-R + TAKE-PILL + BLOOD + T-H-I-N-N-E-R


11. Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?

YOU + PREGNANT + O-R + BREAST + FEED-BABY

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