- Education and Training
Join SCCAHS for a COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Dr. Glenn Morris from the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute will provide the latest updates on COVID-19 transmission and vaccines. Please submit questions when registering as we are compiling frequently asked questions to be answered during the live event. The Town Hall will be held on January 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST.Register
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Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers (Webpage)
How the CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations (Webpage)
Ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines (Webpage)
Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine (Webpage)
8 things to know about COVID-19 vaccine planning (Webpage)
COVID-19 vaccine FAQ (Webpage)
Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work (Webpage)
Who is the vaccine recommended for? ACIP recommended use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in persons 16 years of age or older under the Emergency Use Authorization.
Do I really need both shots? Can’t I just get the first one and have pretty good protection? The trials were for two doses. It’s not approved as a one-dose vaccine. In other words, the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) does not allow for giving just one dose. Needs to be 21 days apart, but can be longer.
If I get one vaccine for the first shot, can I get the other vaccine for the second shot? No. You will receive a vaccination card and details about the specific vaccine you received.
What side effects are there from the vaccine? Local reactions included redness, swelling, pain at the injection site. Systemic reactions included fever, fatigue, headache, chills. The median onset for this was 1-2 days after either dose. Lasted a median duration of one day.
How can the vaccine be safe if it was developed so fast? Researchers used existing networks to conduct vaccine trials. Manufacturing began while clinical trials were still underway. mRNA vaccines are faster to produce than traditional vaccines. FDA and CDC prioritized review and authorization.
Is it safe? COVID-19 vaccines are held to the same safety standards as all vaccines.
Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance if I get the vaccine? Yes. Protection from the vaccine is not immediate. The vaccine is a 2-dose series and will take 1-2 weeks following the second dose to be considered fully vaccinated. Vaccinated persons should continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves and others.
How long am I protected with the vaccine? We don’t know yet. The companies are continuing to follow people who were in the trials.
When will life get back to normal? It depends on what we do now. Wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, rapid testing and getting the vaccine when available.