Covid-19 vaccines are now available. Let's roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated.
Featured Medical Practices
Like-minded, in their belief, these physician practices across the country share their excitement and commitment that we must do our part to protect ourselves, families, and the community. The physicians and other health care professionals are very optimistic and confident that we can end this pandemic.
Roll Up Your Sleeves. Get Vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated is one of the many steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
You may have some side effects, which are typical signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
The side effects include:
- Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Fever or chills
- Muscle or joint pain
For more information, click here.
The FDA has given emergency use authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Data has shown that the vaccine starts working soon after the first dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose. This means about 95% of people who get the vaccine are protected from becoming seriously ill with the virus. It requires two injections, given 21 days apart. This vaccine is for people age 16 and older.
For information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, click here.
Data has shown that the vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1%. This vaccine is for people age 18 and older. This vaccine requires two injections, given 28 days apart.
For detailed information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, click here.
Safety Cautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
It will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic. CDC recommends the following precautions after getting the vaccine:
- Avoid close contact. Stay at least 6 feet from others.
- Continue to wear masks in public, especially when social distancing is difficult
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Stay home if you are sick unless you will get medical care.
How Do I Get a Vaccine?
CDC makes recommendations for who should get the vaccine. Then, State governments are handling the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Look for updates from your state or county health department as more vaccines become available. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine progress at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/.
Messages to Healthcare Professionals
It all starts with you. Roll Up Your Sleeves. Get Vaccinated. Show Your Confidence.
you were given top priority to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because:
- You matter! You play a critical role in keeping your community healthy.
- Protecting you also helps protect your patients and your family, especially those who may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- You are on the front lines and risk being exposed to people with COVID-19 each day on the job.
- You can potentially transmit the virus to patients, families, and the communities
- You positively influence vaccination decisions of peers, patients, friends, and family
Let's get vaccinated. Encourage your co-workers, patients, family, and friends to get vaccinated.
Watch this message, developed, in partnership Dr. Anthony Fauci and leading healthcare organizations, by the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative to help health care providers better understand and answer common questions about COVID-19 vaccination.
Click here for a COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs, a resource document that was developed by the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative.
For clinic resources, including the Information for COVID-19 vaccination administration, storage, handling, reporting, and patient education, visit the CDC website.
Answering Patients' Questions
Your patients may be concerned about COVID-19 vaccines, and some questions are expected. Your patients consider you their most trusted source of health care information, and they will ask you. Make a strong recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Start with empathy and understanding
- Assume patients want to be vaccinated but may not know when they can expect it
- Listen to and respond to the questions
- Give your strong recommendation
- Continue to remind them about the importance of vaccination
For a list of the topics patients ask most and tips on how to answer the questions, click here.