COVID-19 Vaccine Information
At this time, our facility do not have COVID-19 vaccines available for the public. Initial supply of the vaccine is limited. Federal guidelines indicate that first responders, people in long-term care centers and other similar facilities, and health care workers should receive the vaccines first. The vaccine will be distributed in phases, beginning with a limited number of doses for health care workers in December 2020. Vaccines may be more widely available by spring or summer 2021.
The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
What is “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA)?
Under the EUA provision the FDA may allow use of unapproved medical products or unapproved use of approved medical products in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions when certain criteria have been met when there are no adequate, approved and available alternatives.
Is the vaccine safe?
At CHI Lakewood Health, safety is our priority and we only administer vaccines that are recommended by the FDA as safe and effective.
When can I get the vaccine?
Initial supply of a COVID-19 vaccine may be limited, and federal guidelines indicate that health care workers should be among the first to get the vaccine in order to ensure health systems are able to continue to provide care through the pandemic and beyond. Additionally, first responders and employees and patients in long-term care centers and other similar facilities will also likely receive the vaccines first, when they are available. We expect that vaccines may be widely available by spring or summer 2021.
How is the vaccine given?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, administered three or four weeks apart. When a vaccine is given, information will be provided about when to get the second dose.
Will there be a booster required?
Both the Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are a two dose series with the second dose coming 21 days following the first dose for the Pfizer – BioNTech product and the second dose coming 28 days after the initial dose for the Moderna product. It is VERY important to note that the effectiveness (reported in the studies at 95%) is dependent on receiving both scheduled doses in the required time frame.