COVID-19 FAQ

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Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine is the best way to protect ourselves, our community and the wisdom of our elders. Over 90% of doctors in the US have already been vaccinated and the sooner we all get vaccinated, the quicker we can get back to living our lives freely and growing the economy.

 

Are you ready to get vaccinated?

Click HERE to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine at Chapa-De

Join Our COVID-19 Zoom Sessions

 

All Chapa-De patient are welcome to join our free COVID-19 Vaccine Question & Answer Zoom Sessions

 

Thursday, June 3rd @ 12 PM with Adam Borruso, FNP

Tuesday, June 8th @ 5 PM with Alinea Stevens, MD

Tuesday, June 15th @ 12 PM with Alinea Stevens, MD

Tuesday, June 22nd @ 5 PM with Alinea Stevens, MD

 

Join at the time of the meeting using the information below:

 

To join from a computer or smart device
Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/94871263450
Meeting ID: 948 7126 3450

To join on the phone
Call 1-669-900-6833
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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Covid-19

It’s normal to have questions and the Chapa-De team is here for you! Below please find answers to some of the most common questions we hear from patients. We’ve also included links to trusted resources where you can continue to do your own research with truthful information. This way you can be confident you made a well-informed decision.

If you still have questions, please reach out to your medical provider. We would love the opportunity to talk with you about your concerns and what we know about the vaccines.

Question #1
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Millions of people in the United States have now safely received the COVID-19 vaccines and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Over 90% of doctors offered the vaccine have gotten it as soon as they could. At Chapa-De over 200 of our employees have been vaccinated.

Keep Learning - Click the links below to learn more.

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Safe?
Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

Question #2
Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick?

You cannot get COVID-19 from any of the vaccines. They do not have a live virus or other infectious material in them.

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. After getting a vaccine, you may have some side effects such as a slight fever, headache, nausea, or tiredness. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. These should go away in a day or two.

Some people do not develop side effects at all. This doesn't mean that the vaccine isn't working. In clinical trials, a little more than half of the participants didn’t have any side effects but they were still more than 90 percent protected after receiving the vaccine.

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Possible Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine

Question #3
Do we know if there will be
long-term side effects?

Serious side effects that would cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following COVID-19 vaccination. Long-term side effects following any vaccination are extremely rare. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that if side effects are going to happen, they generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected.

Getting infected with COVID-19 is much more likely to cause you long-term problems. Studies show that many COVID-19 survivors, even those who had mild cases that did not require hospitalization, continue to experience a variety of health problems long after the initial infection resolves.

Question #4
Why not take my chance, won't I get natural immunity if I catch COVID-19?

COVID-19 is by far the more dangerous option. Although people who are older, obese or have other health problems are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19, younger people can become severely ill, too. And as many as one in three people who recover from COVID have chronic complaints, including exhaustion, a racing heart and worse months afterward. Some people who develop long COVID-19 had minimal or no symptoms upon initial infection. COVID vaccines, in contrast, carry little known risk.

Question #5
How were the vaccines developed so quickly – were corners cut?

The COVID-19 vaccines were thoroughly tested and no phases of the clinical trials were skipped. Due to the urgent need to save lives and reduce hospitalizations, more scientists and doctors were involved in these studies than typical vaccine studies. This means there was enough help and resources for the phases to be overlapped. With the extra hands (and brains) a research team was able to start the next phase of the trial as the safety data from the previous phase was still being collected and analyzed. Manufacturing the vaccines also started before the trials were complete to save time getting them out to the American public once they were proved to be safe and effective.

Question #6
Has anyone died after
getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

In the United States alone over 500,000 people have died from COVID-19 and if people get vaccinated it will save at least 100,000 more people who would otherwise be killed by COVID-19.

In April the CDC and FDA did pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while they investigated reports of extremely rare blood clots that may or may not have been caused by the vaccines. To put this in context, 15 cases of blood clots were reported out of 6.8 million vaccines administered. After careful review, a panel of doctors and scientists determined that the vaccine is safe and that the benefits of protecting recipients from COVID-19 outweighed the extremely low chances of possibly developing blood clots.

Keep Learning - Click the links below to learn more.

FDA and CDC Lift Recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson

Question #7
How do these vaccines work
- what's in them?

Vaccines stimulate the body's immune system to make antibodies by teaching the body to recognize and fight invaders. The vaccines are made from synthetic (laboratory made) pieces copied from coronavirus, not the whole virus. Therefore, the vaccines cannot cause infection or cause you to get COVID-19.

Vaccine ingredients can vary by manufacturer. To learn more about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, see:

Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Information about Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Question #8
If I had COVID-19 do I still need a vaccine?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, we still recommend you be vaccinated against the virus because your natural immunity declines over time and reinfection is possible.

If you received convalescent plasma or COVID antibody infusions (bamlanivimab or casirivimab/imdevimab) as part of your treatment for COVID-19, you should wait 90 days before receiving your vaccine in order to give it the best chance of working.

If you are experiencing any long-term symptoms from your COVID-19 infection a COVID-19 vaccine may help. Recent studies have shown people with long COVID-19 may feel better after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. However, more research is needed to know if it's really the vaccine helping.

Question #9
Will the vaccine be effective for all the COVID strains or variants?

The available data suggest that the vaccines will work against the variants of the virus known to be circulating in the U.S. currently. However, vaccine makers are preparing for the possibility of updating the vaccines to protect against emerging variants. Updated vaccines could potentially be given as "booster" doses.

Question #10
Should I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breast feeding?

The available vaccines have not been tested in pregnant women. Based on what we know about how the vaccines work and rigorous review of available data, we believe they are likely safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It's also believed that some of the protection from a mom's vaccine is shared to the baby.

We do know that pregnant women who become infected with COVID-19 have an increased risk for severe illness, miscarriage or stillbirth. Having a conversation with your healthcare provider will help you to understand the risks and benefits, but is not required before getting a vaccine.

Question #11
Should I get the vaccine if I have health condition and/or take medications?

People who take medication or who have underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The only reason somebody should avoid the vaccines is if they have had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Question #12
Should I get the vaccine if I am immunocompromised?

The vaccines are safe for immunocompromised patients and highly recommended since you are at an elevated risk from COVID-19. Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines can be beneficial and protective for patients with primary immunodeficiency and on chronic immunosuppressant therapies. Even if your body does not have as strong of a immune response to the vaccine, due to your condition, some protection is better than no protection.

Question #13
Do COVID-19 mRNA vaccines cause heart muscle inflammation (Myocarditis/Pericarditis) in Teens?

Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and Pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) are common. They are caused by many viruses and are especially common with viruses that circulate in the Spring months.

To date, there is no evidence that Coronavirus vaccines cause Myocarditis/Pericarditis. The CDC is monitoring and actively investigating reports of Myocarditis/Pericarditis that develop after vaccination to ensure this is not happening any more commonly in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people. In the reported cases, most patients with myocarditis and pericarditis who received care responded well to medicine and rest and quickly felt better. The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older, given the risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death.

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Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination

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