COVID-19 VACCINE

VACCINE DETAILS

It is the intention of Community Health & Wellness Partners (CHWP) to offer COVID-19 vaccine to our patients and the community.  Unfortunately, due to limited vaccine supplies, we have not been able to begin our Vaccination Clinic.  In the meantime, we are collaborating with the Logan County Health District for vaccine distribution.  Please monitor our website and Facebook page, as we expect this situation to improve in the near future.

While there are still many cases of COVID-19 in the community, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when you feel sick is still recommended even after receiving the vaccine until further notice.

WHY IS GETTING THE VACCINE IMPORTANT?

Across the nation, cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. Until we have accomplished widespread vaccination, our only tools to fight this virus include wearing masks, social distancing, and quarantining. Vaccines help the body’s immune system to recognize and fight off the virus, or minimize the symptoms of the disease if you are exposed.

FACTS ABOUT mRNA VACCINES

Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades.  They teach our cells how to make a protein–or even just a piece of protein–that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.  That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.  They cannot give someone COVID-19.  They do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

WHO SHOULD RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

The vaccine will be administered in waves depending on your occupation and risk of complications if you were to develop COVID-19. The general order of vaccination will proceed as follows according to Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines:

tier 1

  • Front-line health care workers
  • Those living in long term care facilities

 

tier 2

  • Age over 74
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Teachers
  • Corrections workers
  • Workers in certain manufacturing sectors
  • Postal workers
  • Public transit operators
  • Grocery store employees

tier 3

  • Ages 65-74
  • Ages 16-64 with higher risk medical conditions
  • Food service workers
  • Utility workers

tier 4

  • All remaining individuals ages 18 and over

 

WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction (within 4 hours), even if not severe, to any ingredient in a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who experience immediate reaction to the first vaccine or to polyethylene glycol (PEG)/polysorbate should not receive vaccination until cleared by allergist or in a setting with immediate care available. For a full list of ingredients, see Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers.

If you have experienced signs and symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) within 14 days, do not schedule an appointment until your symptoms have resolved and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. The signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose, allergies, sinus infection
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

AT YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT

Tell your vaccination provider about your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have any allergies
  • Have a fever
  • Have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • Are immunocompromised or on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have received another COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have received any other vaccine in the past 14 days
  • Have received passive antibody therapy (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma) as part of COVID-19 treatment in the last 90 days.

At the appointment, you will receive a vaccination card, and we will discuss scheduling the appointment for your second dose of the vaccine. Keep your vaccination card in a safe place and bring with you to your second appointment.

COST

The COVID-19 vaccine is a federal asset and is free to all. Insurance information may be used should we bill for administration costs or are able to recoup costs for vaccine administration from State or Federal agencies at a later date.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

Check back for vaccine availability on our website and Facebook page and follow the posted instructions.

WHERE AND WHEN WILL VACCINE APPOINTMENTS TAKE PLACE?

  • Where: BCHC
  • When: To be announced
  • Appointment Length: Plan on allowing at least 30 minutes for your appointment

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance cards
  • Appropriate attire: Dress in layers to allow access to your upper arm
  • At your second appointment, bring your vaccination card showing proof of receiving the first dose

PLEASE WEAR A MASK

As COVID-19 case trends increase in the country, Ohio, and Logan County, please remember to wear a mask when you come to our offices or clinics. THANK YOU!

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

Side effects that have been reported include:

  • Injection site reactions (pain, tenderness, swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
  • Other side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
  • NOTE: the CDC recommends that any side effects within 1-3 days is NOT a reason to not receive the second dose of the vaccine.

There is a remote chance that the COVID-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction, usually occurring within minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. If you develop a severe allergic reaction after you have left the office, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

For more information on the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines and what to expect, visit the CDC’s webpage “What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.”

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

The CDC recommends talking to your primary care provider about managing pain and discomfort from the vaccine and using over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Other methods to reduce arm pain include using or exercising the arm muscle, even if it feels uncomfortable, and applying a cool, wet washcloth over the area. If you experience fever and other flu-like symptoms, it is recommended to drink plenty of fluids and to dress lightly.

These symptoms are considered normal reactions to the vaccine and should go away in a few days. If the symptoms do not go away or decrease significantly in 3 days, call your primary care provider.

PRECAUTIONS AT COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS PARTNERS:

To ensure your safety, CHWP staff follows current Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Logan County Health District’s (LCHD) guidelines and protocols.

  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene
  • Wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Maintaining social distancing guidelines

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC OR OFFICE. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

THANK YOU! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU.

REFERENCES

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html