On this episode we interrupted are regular scheduled programming to bring you some much needed information regarding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. We get into some of the questions you submitted to us and if you have any additional ones please feel free to ask so that we can do follow up segments. If you want to listen to the episode now you can do so by CLICKING HERE!
♡ Is this vaccine safe?
Both vaccines were properly tested for safety and efficacy. There is a risk with anything that you do but the vaccines were tested to be 94% effective against COVID-19. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have a history of adverse events to vaccines or any allergies.
♡ What are the potential side effects?
Potential side effects include: fever, fatigue, headaches and arm pain. These are similar to most vaccines and are usually mild to moderate symptoms.
♡ Which vaccine will be administered?
Currently there are two being rolled out: Pfizer and Moderna
They both require 2 doses but the Pfizer one is 21 days apart and Moderna will be 28 days apart
You will need to obtain the same vaccine from the manufacturer for both injections. So if you start with Moderna you complete your course with Moderna.
Both have received emergency use authorization by the FDA
Various institutions will receive various vaccines.
♡ Will the vaccine give you COVID-19?
No, the vaccine will not give you COVID-19. It is not a live virus or an inactivated virus being injected but the mRNA. Regardless, you still need to continue the same regimen in terms of wearing masks/proper PPE, hand hygiene, and social distancing.
Remember that two doses are required with more than 20 days apart between the doses so you will not be covered completely. No vaccine is 100% effective.
♡ When will the vaccines arrive?
Currently, people at highest risk will be getting access to the vaccine first (i.e.: healthcare workers, nursing homes). We do not know which vaccine various institutions will receive or when but they have started implementing this today (Monday, December 15th). Contact your local hospital, CDC or WHO for more information.
♡ Do I have to get the vaccine?
The vaccine is voluntary. However, it’s proven that both the Pfizer and Moderna versions are more than 94% effective after two doses.
Don't forget that by getting vaccinated you may also protect those around you.
We won't get into political views or opinions on this episode but be aware that the vaccine is out and will be available to you very soon.
♡ How long should I wait to get the vaccine?
This is dependent on your own personal preference and once it becomes available in your area.
♡ How is it administered?
Doses are given similar to the flu shot, intramuscularly.
Secret Tip: get the injection on your dominant arm. Since you use that arm more the pain will subside quicker!
♡ If I get the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and/or proper PPE?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or when the CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
♡ If you have had covid-19 should you get the vaccine?
• Yes, although final recommendations are still coming up with regards to this topic, the general recommendation will likely be to get the vaccine even if you were previously infected. Note that if you recently/within the past 90 days had COVID-19 than you may need to wait to get the vaccine due to circulating antibodies. For pregnant women this is still under studied so stay tuned for more information.
Stay safe, stay clean and carry on.
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