- 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 all patients. Vaccines are currently limited to a few offices, and we are following the vaccine administration protocols by only administering vaccines to those eligible as determined by the federal guidelines. 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