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Covid Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQ’s
  1. WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION?
  2. a. Drugs and vaccines have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that only safe and effective products are available to the American public. In situations when there is good scientific reason to believe that a drug is safe and is likely to treat or prevent disease, the FDA may authorize its use even if definitive proof of the efficacy of the drug is not known, especially for diseases that cause high mortality.

    b. It is important to emphasize that the bar for ensuring safety of a vaccine is higher than for a therapeutic to treat an ill person. Vaccines are given to potentially millions of healthy people, unlike drugs for sick people, and loss of trust in a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 could spill over into loss of trust in other vaccines, seriously jeopardizing public health.

  3. WILL THE COVID-19 VACCINE BE MANDATORY?
  4. a. No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory.

  5. WILL THERE BE ENOUGH VACCINES FOR EVERYONE?
  6. a. There will most likely not be enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone in the first phase. However, Pharmaceutical companies are continuing to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine and over the next several months, supply will expand allowing us to continue vaccinating all who wish to receive it.

  7. WHO WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE?
  8. a. All LifeBridge Health team members, including contracted employees, will be eligible to receive the vaccine. LifeBridge Health will follow an allocation plan based on national guidelines from the CDC.

  9. HOW WILL I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
  10. a. All LifeBridge Health team members will be able to utilize an online webform found here to sign up and begin the process of receiving the vaccine.

  11. WHERE WILL THE VACCINE BE ADMINISTERED?
  12. a. The vaccine will be administered by Occupational Health staff. We will be setting up clinics similar to the flu vaccine clinics where an appointment will be required.

  13. WILL I BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IF I HAVE ALREADY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?
  14. a. Yes, you will still be eligible to receive the vaccine.

  15. IF I ELECT TO NOT RECEIVE THE VACCINE INITIALLY, CAN I DECIDE TO RECEIVE IT AT A LATER TIME?
  16. a. Yes, this will be a continuous process for individuals who want to receive the vaccine to sign up.

  17. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
  18. a. Possible side effects of the vaccine include pain or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, fever, headache, nausea, chills and lymphadenopathy.

  19. CAN SOMEONE GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE?
  20. a. No, it is not possible to get Covid-19 from vaccines.

  21. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE VACCINE TO BE EFFECTIVE?
  22. a. It is critical that you receive both doses of the vaccine. The vaccine is considered to provide protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus about 1-2 weeks after the second shot.

  23. HOW MANY SHOTS WILL BE NEEDED?
  24. a. All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The two vaccines we will receive initially will require two shots either 21 or 28 days apart.

  25. WHERE SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE IF I WORK AT MULTIPLE HOSPITALS?
  26. a. You should try to get the vaccine at the site where you work the highest number of hours. For example, if you work full time at Carroll and PRN at Sinai, the easiest location would be Carroll Hospital. However, we will not turn anyone away at any of the sites.

  27. WILL I STILL NEED TO WEAR PPE AFTER I RECEIVE THE VACCINE?
  28. a. Yes, you will still need to wear the required PPE at work and you should also continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing when away from the hospital.

  29. HOW DO I REPORT IF I HAVE A PROBLEM OR ADVERSE EFFECT FROM THE VACCINE?
  30. a. Please contact your local Occupational Health department to report any adverse events you are concerned about. In the event of a true medical emergency you should call 911.