COVID Vaccine FAQs
The Moderna COVID Vaccine has arrived!
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Can the vaccine make me sick with COVID-19? No. None of the vaccine contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
Is the vaccine safe and effective? Yes! The vaccine was approved by the FDA for emergency usage. The Moderna vaccine was tested in over 15,000 people ages 18 – 85 years, from a diverse population of ethnicities and races. The most common side effects were sore arms at the injection site. A small number of people had fatigue, headache, or sore muscles for a day after receiving the vaccine. The other vaccine made by Pfizer had a very small number of persons with an allergic reaction. We will be watching closely for allergic reactions when we use the Moderna vaccine.
Yes, the vaccine is effective. Following two doses, people who received the vaccine were protected against infection with Covid-19 about 94% of the time. No vaccine is perfect. We will still need to wear PPE until the infection rate in our community drops. That includes masks, eye protection, hand hygiene and social distancing.
After getting the vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test? No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
Will the vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19? Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19. Though the vaccine is quite good, it’s not 100% protective. We will all need to continue using safety precautions until the virus stops circulating in our community. That includes masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing measures.
Will the vaccine alter my DNA? No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
When will the vaccine be available to BVCHC patients? And, what do I do to get vaccinated? We are using the CDC guidelines to vaccinate front line healthcare workers and high risk patients first. High risk patients are elderly and those with certain medical conditions. Some patients will be called by BVCHC as early as January to receive their first dose of the vaccine. Our ability to vaccinate patients depends on the amount of vaccine given to us by the department of health. Most patients may not be vaccinated until the spring.
If BVCHC is your primary care provider, we will contact you directly for a vaccine appointment. We will start with high risk and elderly patients per the CDC recommendations. Most patients will not be vaccinated until the spring based on department of health distribution of available vaccine.
For more information on What to Expect from your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment, click here.
Do the side effects include infertility? None of the Covid vaccines have been linked to infertility. A social media post went viral in early December. This false rumor has been debunked by several fact-finding organizations.
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