COVID-19 Treatment: Vaccines, & Other
If you have questions on whether or not you should get the COVID-19 vaccine or a Booster dose, please call 401-722-0081 and book an appointment with your provider to discuss your options!
The COVID Vaccine & Booster Doses are available! The COVID Vaccine appointment phone line: 401-312-9831
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.
Do the side effects include infertility? None of the Covid vaccines have been linked to infertility.
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters - COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying—especially people who are boosted. As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster. For more information about boosters, click here
What is the Monoclonal Antibody Treatment?
The Monoclonal Antibody treatment is currently being offered to BVCHC patients who have tested positive for COVID and meet high-risk criteria. The goal of the treatment is to reduce the risk of hospitalization. The treatment boosts your immune system. It is given through an IV into your veins, and it takes about one hour. It is administered through Lifespan in a monitored environment as there is a risk of an allergic reaction. Your provider will review this treatment with you to determine if it is right for you at the time of your phone visit for COVID testing. For more information, click here.
Employee COVID Vaccine Rate
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is committed to doing our part to get back to normal. We are fully compliant with the governor’s mandate that all healthcare workers be fully vaccinated as of October 1st. We are pleased to report that all employees are fully vaccinated.