What can I do after I’m fully vaccinated?

July 25, 2021 0 Comments

Please see here for CDC recommendations.

I have heard that the J&J vaccine is not as good as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Is this true?

March 28, 2021 0 Comments

Absolutely not true!   Many people are hearing the term “72% efficient” and comparing this to the “90-95% efficient” that was reported with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.   It is important to understand that neither of these vaccines were done at the same time period or in the same populations. The J&J vaccine reported at …

Can I get one dose of one of the mRNA vaccines and the second dose from the other mRNA vaccine?

March 10, 2021 0 Comments

We are so glad that you want to get vaccinated! Please: get whichever one is available to you first. The efficacy and the safety data of all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen) are very comparable to each other (neither one was “better” than the others). Due to supply and/or logistical issues, one may be …

What about these new COVID variants? Do the vaccines work against them?

February 11, 2021 0 Comments

SARS-CoV2 is a virus which mutates to survive. So there have been many variants out there. The 3 big ones that we hear about are the B 1.1.7 or the UK variant; the B1351 or the S. African variant and the 501Y.V3 or the Brazil variant.  Scientists have the entire genetic code for SARS-CoV2, so …

Why should I get the vaccine?

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

The shot will help protect you from being infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the infection that causes COVID-19) and, even if you get infected, it will help prevent you from developing symptoms of severe COVID-19. Getting the vaccine reduces your risk of becoming ill, seriously ill, or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine may also decrease the chance …

What is “herd immunity”?

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

Herd immunity occurs when a majority of the population (the “herd”) is vaccinated. When enough people are immune through vaccination, the disease is unable to spread. With nowhere to go, the virus dies out. It is then far less likely that anyone, immunized or not, will become infected with the virus. Usually, about 70%-90% of …

Why is the vaccine taking so long to be developed and given out?

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

This vaccine has been developed very quickly compared to other vaccines. This is due to the urgency of the global pandemic. However, it has been created in a way that allowed it to be safe and to be studied so that people around the world can be confident in taking it The next step is …

What is “vaccine hesitancy”?

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

This is when a person is “hesitant” about receiving the vaccine. This can be due to many factors, such as concern about the safety and development of this specific vaccine, lack of confidence in vaccines as a whole, or a lack of education about vaccination. This is why it’s important for all of us to …

I don’t trust the vaccine because I don’t think my community (people who look like me) were represented.

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

That is a really good concern. COVID19 has affected certain communities far more than others, and it is really important to ask if those communities have been part of this vaccine development as well as the safety reviews for these vaccines. In addition, we recognize that medicine historically has not treated underrepresented communities equally, and …

I received convalescent plasma or a monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID; can I still get the vaccine?

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

The current CDC recommendations are that you wait 90 days from the time you received either convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibody therapy before receiving any of the three approved COVID vaccines.