COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update
Village Medical is here to support you and your family during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and to provide uninterrupted healthcare. Your health and the health of our community are our highest priority. We are providing the following information to help keep our patients and employees informed. Please check back here often for Covid-19 vaccine updates and share this page with family and friends who also may have questions regarding vaccines.
The FDA has granted emergency authorization use for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, and additional vaccines may follow in the coming weeks.
Below are responses to frequently asked questions we have received regarding vaccinations.
1. Who will receive the first available vaccines?
The initial vaccine shipments are allocated to healthcare professionals at risk for Covid-19 exposure, and to residents of long-term care facilities, followed by:
2. How will I know when I can get a vaccine at Village Medical?
Village Medical will be communicating vaccine availability information through our website and the patient portal. Starting soon, we will begin notifying eligible Village Medical patients to schedule their vaccine. Village Medical will be using the most current CDC and state recommendations to determine patient priority. Current criteria include age and comorbidities. We will share more specifics as they become available.
3. Will the vaccine be safe, and are there side effects?
Safety trials are ongoing, and information will continue to be collected even after the vaccine is being distributed. The FDA will review all available safety information and update their warnings and safety information as data becomes available. The initial safety trials include more than 30,000 patients. To date, no significant safety issues have been identified.
4. Can I get Covid-19 from the vaccine?
None of these vaccines can cause Covid-19. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use virus genetic material to stimulate an immune response, other vaccines use inactivated virus.
5. Can I choose which vaccine I get?
Initially, we expect to receive limited supplies of vaccine. As vaccine access becomes more available, you may have more than one option to choose from. We would encourage you to receive a vaccine as it becomes available to you.
6. I’ve been diagnosed with Covid-19. Do I still need a vaccine?
Initial guidelines recommend that patients who have been previously diagnosed with Covid-19 be vaccinated. This recommendation may change over time, as more information becomes available.
7. Can I get other vaccinations at the same time I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. Per the CDC, it is recommended that you wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine, if you get your COVID-19 vaccine first. And if you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
If a COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series; you should still complete the series on schedule. When more data are available on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, CDC may update this recommendation.
8. What is the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine?
For the Moderna vaccine, overall efficacy is 94.1% and efficacy for patients aged 65 and older is 86.4%.
For the Pfizer vaccine, overall efficacy is 95% and efficacy for patients aged 55 and older is 93.7%.
9. What side effects might I experience after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
Common side effects from the COVID-19 are pain and swelling in the arm where the shot is received. Other common side effects reported throughout the rest of the body are fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.
In general, the older age groups have had fewer side effects in both vaccine trials.
10. Will the COVID-19 vaccine work against the new variants?
There is preliminary evidence that the vaccines may be effective against some of the strains. Further studies are being planned to confirm. Even if a new vaccine is needed, this could be done relatively quickly by using the same platform for developing the original mRNA vaccines and swapping in the genetic sequence of the new variants.
11. Do the mRNA vaccines affect human DNA?
No. The RNA enters the cell and uses the existing apparatus to make proteins that stimulate an immune response. The RNA from the vaccine breaks down immediately after. This has no effect whatsoever on our DNA.
We are continuing to schedule in-person and virtual appointments throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We strongly encourage virtual visits for patients with respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) or other acute illnesses. If your provider determines that an in-person appointment is required, we’ll schedule one with you after your virtual visit.
As our clinics accept more in-person appointments, we’re adding safety protocols to maintain the health and safety of our patients and community:
It’s critical that patients with a chronic medical illness not defer medical care. Village Medical can see you in-person or virtually, and obtain lab work and X-rays, all in a safe and secure facility. Village Medical Pharmacy will deliver your medications without charge. Care managers and social workers are available to support your provider in delivering the highest-quality healthcare.
Please let us know how we can help.