- Q1: When is ELH getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Q2: Who is eligible to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
- Q3: Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me the virus?
- Q4: Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from catching the virus?
- Q5: Can I be placed on a waiting list to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Q6: If I’ve already had COVID-19 do I still need to get the vaccine?
- Q7: How many times will I need to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
- Q8: Are there any side effects of getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
In an effort to keep our patients, staff, and providers safe and healthy during the current pandemic, we’ve enrolled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Because supplies will be limited, we will be following CDC’s recommendations on who should be vaccinated first.
Now that there are FDA-approved vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, we understand you may have some questions. Below are 10 common FAQ’s that will help you better understand the COVID-19 vaccination.
Q #1: When is ELH getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Eagles Landing Health has enrolled to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Since supplies are extremely limited across the state, we can not guarantee when we will have those available to patients. When we do receive vaccine supplies, they will currently be limited to a few offices and we are following the vaccine administration protocols by only administering vaccines to those eligible in phases 1a. Once we receive a larger quantity of vaccines, our patients will be notified via email or through their patient portal.
Q #2: Who is eligible to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Eagles Landing Health will be following the CDC’s guidelines, which currently recommends that the Moderna vaccine is approved for patients ages 18 years and older. However, due to a limited supply, the CDC has released phases on who will be eligible first.
- Phase 1a:
- Healthcare workers
- Long-term care facility residents (such as assisted living and nursing homes)
- Phase 1b:
- Frontline essential workers (such as firefighters, police officers, United States Postal Service workers, grocery store workers, educational sectors, and more)
- People aged 75 years and older
- Phase 1c:
- People aged 65-74 years old
- People aged 18-64 years old with underlying medical conditions
- Other essential workers (identified by the CDC)
- Phase 2:
- General population
Q #3: Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me the virus?
A: No. The COVID-19 vaccination will help your body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 but will not give you the live virus itself.
Q #4: Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from catching the virus?
A: Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine was developed to teach your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus, which protects you from catching COVID-19.
Q #5: Can I be placed on a waiting list to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: No. Patients will not have the option to be placed on a waiting list, as it is first come first serve based on priority. All Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are being prioritized in phases based on who the government deems to qualify first. Our goal is for everyone to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once we have a large enough quantity available. Refer to Q2 for the list of phases.
Q #6: If I’ve already had COVID-19 do I still need to get the vaccine?
A: Yes. Due to the severe risks associated with having COVID-19, and since reinfection is possible, it is highly recommended that you be vaccinated, regardless of whether you have already had the virus.
Q #7: How many times will I need to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The current vaccines to prevent COVID-19 require 2 doses of the vaccine to have maximum protection against the virus. Once patients receive the first dose, we will schedule a second appointment for 24 to 42 days later to receive the 2nd dose.
Q #8: Are there any side effects of getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Side effects are possible and may start within a day or two of receiving the vaccine. If experienced at all, side effects may feel like flu symptoms but should go away in a few days.
- Side effects in the arm where the shot was given:
- Side effects throughout the rest of your body:
Because information regarding new vaccines is rapidly changing, updated information will be posted by the CDC as it becomes available.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:
- 8 Things to Know
- Facts about the Vaccination
- Who Gets Vaccinated First
- What to Expect at Your Vaccine Appointment
- Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
- How Vaccines Work
- Moderna Vaccine
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Vaccinations