December 7, 2020
Dear Healthcare Professional:
Thank you for your commitment to the patients you serve. The pandemic has been stressful and trying for most, but none more so than you, the front-line health care worker.
There is good news, limited COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available later this month. It is also anticipated vaccine supply will increase substantially in 2021.
I encourage every healthcare worker to consider taking the vaccine, especially those who are “patient facing” (those who spend 15 minutes or more per shift in direct patient interaction).
I believe in this vaccine so strongly that I plan to get it as soon as possible. I also know there are many questions you and your patients may have. Because of this, 24 Karat Health Solutions has compiled an online tool chest for you to find good information regarding the vaccine at COVID.24K.health.
Your commitment and passion for public health is much appreciated. Thank you for the work you do each day.
Michael McPherson, MD
24 Karat Health Solutions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Limited COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available later this month, with more being available early in 2021. When it becomes available, we encourage everyone to consider taking the vaccine.
It is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
According to leading public-health experts and the vaccine makers, the same rigorous scientific process that goes into developing any vaccine was used to create the COVID-19 shots. But, in some cases, like the mRNA-based technique used by Moderna and Pfizer have sped up the development process. The mRNA method doesn’t require researchers to grow or manipulate SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19; all they need is its genetic sequence, which Chinese scientists released in January. The technology is both fast and flexible, and allowed vaccine makers to develop and start testing their vaccines in a matter of months.
Not necessarily. But it means you are less likely to get sick.
Research found that while the body launches an immune response after the first dose, boosting that initial exposure to the virus magnifies that defense significantly.
No, there is no cost to individuals. Their development and production were paid for by your tax dollars.
The shots may cause mild, flu-like, side effects. These include sore arms, muscle aches, and fever. We recommend you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen (if you can safely take them) before you get the vaccine.
Yes, we should all continue to wear face masks, practice excellent hand hygiene and social distancing until enough vaccine is made and distributed.
The studies enrolled over 43,000 volunteers. About 42% of global participants and 30% of US participants have racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. These vaccines use novel messenger-RNA, or mRNA, technology, which uses genetic material to cause the body to create a protein from the virus. The immune system then recognizes the virus and attacks it. See this story from TIME magazine for a great overview.
It normally takes about two to three weeks for cellular immunity to develop and several weeks for a full antibody response.
It is strongly encouraged that everyone consider taking the vaccine. Whether it is required will be up to your individual facility policies.
At this point, researchers do not know how long immunity will last.
CDC General COVID 19 Vaccine Information
FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Information
New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker
New York Times Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker
Governor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
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