COVID-19 Vaccine Education

Below you will find information related to the COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Education

COVID-19 vaccinations offer many benefits to you and your employees. This is one of many tools we can use to keep our community and local workforce safe. As we begin to work towards phase 1B and 1C of vaccine distribution please consider offering COVID-19 vaccine education to your employees.

For printable vaccine education, click the links below:

Hand washing poster from PA Dept of Health (Download here)

If you would like to receive updates regarding COVID-19 vaccines and phased roll outs, please sign up for our e-blast at whs.org/covid.

At WHS, we follow all established guidelines set by the PA Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

Questions and Answers

No, it does not contain a live virus. You will not test positive from receiving the vaccine.

While COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to FDA, the double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of about 44,000 people revealed that the vaccine is 95% effective at preventing Covid-19, with no serious side effects—although many vaccine recipients reported moderate, flu-like symptoms after their second dose.

We recommend reading the article “Is Pfizer’s vaccine safe and effective? Our 8 biggest questions, answered.

The vaccine does not contain a live virus. These symptoms are normal and do not mean you have contracted COVID. They are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

You’ll be monitored for approx. 15 minutes after getting a COVID-19 vaccine to see if you have an immediate reaction. Most side effects are mild and happen within the first three days after vaccination and typically last only one to two days.

These side effects include:

  • Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain

The COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects similar to signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and you develop symptoms more than three days after getting vaccinated or the symptoms last more than two days, self-isolate and get tested.

The COVID Vaccine had been given EUA to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. EUA does not mean that safety was compromised or that the vaccine somehow skipped deep analysis and testing. It simply means that this vaccine was prioritized above all others and that multiple steps worked in parallel together.

There are only 2 ways to develop herd immunity against this virus. One is exposure to the virus itself and the other is vaccination. The risk of active infection is that it can cause serious morbidity and mortality in high risk individuals. The option of vaccination is safe and very effective in all the studies done so far. While eradication is not likely with vaccination alone, it will create enough immunity in the community to prevent serious infections, hospitalizations and hopefully transmission to eventually lead to a more normal life down the line.

At this time it is unclear how long the immunity from natural infection last and there have been cases of reinfection reported. It is currently believed that immunity from vaccination last longer than natural infection. It is therefore recommended that even people with prior COVID-19 infection should receive the vaccination when offered to them.

No. Influenza viruses and coronaviruses are different, so the flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus.

No, you will not have a choice, at least not at this time. Since vaccines are in limited supply, you will be offered the vaccine in which we have in stock. The good news is that Pfizer and Moderna both use the same technology and are giving very similar results.

It depends on which vaccine you are given. The Pfizer vaccine will be given 3 weeks apart and the Moderna vaccine is 4 weeks apart. If you received your shot through WHS, you will be scheduled for your next shot while you are in the building receiving your first.

At this time, studies have shown that the vaccine appears to prevent people from getting sick enough that they develop symptoms. They haven’t looked at whether the vaccine prevents someone from carrying Covid-19 and spreading it to others. It’s possible that someone could get the vaccine but could still be an asymptomatic carrier.

Life will return to normal only when society as a whole gains enough protection against the coronavirus.

A growing number of coronavirus vaccines are showing robust protection against becoming sick. But it’s also possible for people to spread the virus without even knowing they’re infected because they experience only mild symptoms or none at all. Scientists don’t yet know if the vaccines also block the transmission of the coronavirus. So for the time being, even vaccinated people will need to wear masks, avoid indoor crowds, and so on.

Once enough people get vaccinated, it will become very difficult for the coronavirus to find vulnerable people to infect. Depending on how quickly we as a society achieve that goal, life might start approaching something like normal by the end of 2021.

This is the suggested roll out plan according to the CDC.

Phase 1a

  • Healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. This recommendation pertains to paid and unpaid healthcare personnel working in a variety of healthcare settings—for example, acute care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, home health care, mobile clinics, and outpatient facilities, such as dialysis centers and physicians’ offices.

Phase 1b

  • Frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.)
  • People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.

Phase 1c

  • People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.
  • People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
  • Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups.

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