(12-23-20) Mercer Health has not been provided official information about a potential delivery date and/or allocation of COVID vaccines however officials anticipate the delivery should be next week. Individuals can and should discuss their personal vaccination decision with their physician/provider. Updates will be provided as quickly as possible when additional details are made available.
Frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine are answered below.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine has completed the normal process and safety protocols of the U.S. vaccine safety system. Tens of thousands of people were given the vaccine in clinical trial studies. This helped to ensure safety standards and protect those of various ages, races, and ethnicities. That data was given to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine safety and effectiveness. No shortcuts were given to this vaccine development and approval process.
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No, the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19. That is because it does not include the live virus. It may take your body a few weeks to build immunity after receiving the vaccination. There are regular side effects that could be experienced by those who receive the vaccine. They are a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This is a sign that your body is building immunity to the virus and this is normal. If you do develop symptoms of COVID-19, you could have been exposed before or right after receiving the vaccine.
Should I isolate from others in my home if I get the vaccine before them?
No. You will not have to isolate if you receive the vaccine because it does not include the live virus. Experiencing side effects from this or any other vaccine is a normal occurrence due to immune response from the body.
Why do I still need to take COVID-19 precautions, like wearing a mask, after receiving the vaccine?
It will still be critically important to follow standard COVID-19 precautions such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing even after receiving the vaccine. Everyone looks forward to a return to normal. Vaccination is part of that, but we must remain vigilant until we achieve a high rate of vaccination in the general population. Precautions can only be scaled back when a majority of the community is eventually vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Do COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility or other serious medical problems?
No serious safety concerns have been observed for the COVID-19 vaccines that have applied for emergency use authorization. In the Pfizer BioNTech phase 3 clinical trial of more than 43,000 individuals, and the Moderna Phase 3 clinical trial with 30,000 participants, no serious safety concerns were observed. The most common side effects were fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain. Side effects like these, while unpleasant, are a sign that your body is responding properly to create immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Do vaccines cause autism?
Time after time, studies conducted across the globe continue to show that there is no connection between autism and vaccines.
How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?
It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. The internet, unfortunately, can be filled with dangerous misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. The best thing you can do is educate yourself about the vaccines with trustworthy information. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information in this article from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/evalwebs.htm.
Additional frequently asked questions can be found at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/general-resources/frequently-asked-questions+covid-19-vaccine – and – https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/features/coronavirus/patient-care/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-faq?utm_source=osuwmc_marketing_allpatient&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=202012_corp_covidemails
Furthermore, both the Moderna and Pfizer fact sheets for recipients can be found at the following links:
- Moderna: https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/eua-fact-sheet-recipients.pdf
- Pfizer: https://www.cvdvaccine-us.com/images/pdf/fact-sheet-for-recipients-and-caregivers.pdf
Updates to Mercer Health COVID protocols and guidelines can always be found at: https://mercer-health.com/covid-19-coronavirus-information.