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Busting Myths about Vaccination

Busting Myths about Vaccination2021-03-15T12:23:42-05:00

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Americans are vaccinated EVERY DAY.

Common reasons our employees have given for not getting the COVID-19 vaccination and responses to those concerns.

Don’t want to be guinea pigs, it was rushed, not around long enough, and it is too new. Want to wait a while and see what happens, it might not be safe?

Myth: The vaccine was rushed, so it’s probably not safe.

Our response: The simple answer to this is… the vaccine was not rushed. It went through the same rigorous development and trial process as all prior vaccines. To date more than 60 million Americans have been vaccinated and another 2 million+ are vaccinated each day with almost ZERO reported issues.

Fact: The United States Food and Drug Administration closely monitored research by Pfizer and Moderna as the two companies worked toward a vaccine. The research suggests both vaccines have very little, if any, side effects, and is approximately 95% effective.
Additionally, the FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, Beaumont Health established a Vaccine Review Subcommittee comprised of experts in Infection Prevention, Research, Nursing and Pharmacy that will review all available data and make a recommendation to the Vaccine Steering Committee about proceeding to offer vaccine to employees, physicians and the community. Beaumont is committed to ensuring any vaccine provided to employees and the community is deemed safe by our expert panel.


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Worries about fertility issues and pregnancy planning?

Myth: The vaccine can cause fertility or pregnancy issues.

Our Response: The simple answer here is the vaccine is the virus and the virus is the vaccine. The only ingredients in the PFIZER vaccine are a small part of the virus, a couple lipids(also known as fats, to protect the virus protein piece) and sugar or salt water. If the virus doesn’t cause fertility issues, then the vaccine won’t cause fertility issues.

Fact: If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.

There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.

Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for many years.


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Just had COVID or already had COVID?

Myth: If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, I do not need the vaccine.

Our response: Because reinfection is possible and COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications, it’s recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 get a COVID-19 vaccine. If you’ve had COVID-19 , you might delay vaccination until 90 days after your diagnosis.

Fact: Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.


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The ‘ingredients’ may cause cancer, or they can’t find a cure for cancer but they made this?

Myth: There are unsafe chemicals in the vaccine.

Our response: The simple answer here is the vaccine is the virus and the virus is the vaccine. There is no concoction of ingredients. The only ingredients in the PFIZER vaccine are a small part of the virus, a couple lipids(fats), to protect the virus piece, and sugar or salt water.

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine does not use dead or weakened strains of Coronavirus. mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies.


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Not FDA approved?

Myth: The vaccine is not FDA approved.

Our response: They are FDA authorized for emergency use. 3 vaccines are now approved under the very common Emergency Use Authorization(EUA) process (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). To date more than 60 million Americans have been vaccinated with virtually no issues and very minimal and mild side effects.

Fact: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must license (approve) a vaccine before it can be used in the United States. FDA regulations for the development of vaccines ensure their safety, purity, potency, and effectiveness. Before a vaccine is approved by FDA for use by the public, results of studies on safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are evaluated by highly trained FDA scientists and doctors. FDA also inspects the vaccine manufacturing sites to make sure they comply with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations.


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It’s going to make me sick?

Myth: The vaccine will give you COVID-19.

Our response: There is a chance that a vaccine recipient could experience mild side effects. Commons side effects are soreness at the injection site (most common), slight fever or body aches, and some fatigue. These side effects have proven to be very mild and last only a short period of time.

Fact: No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

There are several different types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.


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Our Staff

Over 1000 employees and rising have received vaccinations with little to no issues. Continue to do your part in being a hero and get vaccinated.

Our Residents

A vast majority of our residents have been vaccinated. We have seen over a 50% drop in reported resident deaths since the vaccine rollout in December of 2020.

Protect Yourself: Get the COVID-19 Vaccine, it works.

There are many important reasons to get the vaccine when it becomes available. The most compelling one is that it could protect you and those around you from this life-threatening virus.

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Petersen Health Care is taking the next steps to keep you safe and protected.

Since the news and scope of the global pandemic came into focus, Petersen Health Care has worked diligently to ensure that we are able to meet the challenges caused by the health crisis. Our top priority has been, and remains, the health and safety of our Residents, Staff, and the communities we serve. We will not cease to identify and prioritize strategies to help reduce the risk and spread of the Coronavirus.

Other Common Questions

Questions and Answers provided by the Center for Disease Control.

Are there long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccine?2020-12-22T14:41:24-06:00

Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news is, at least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.

How do I report problems or bad reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?2020-12-22T14:41:22-06:00

I am encouraging all recipients who receive the vaccine to enroll in v-safe. This is a smartphone tool you can use to tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you report serious side effects, someone from CDC will call to follow up. I will give you instructions for how to enroll.

How do I know if COVID-19 vaccine is safe?2020-12-22T14:40:51-06:00

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.

Will the shot hurt or make me sick?2020-12-22T14:39:47-06:00

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor.

Why do I need two COVID-19 shots?2020-12-22T14:38:54-06:00

Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection

Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?2020-12-22T14:38:22-06:00

No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?2020-12-22T14:37:45-06:00

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?2020-12-22T14:35:39-06:00

No. More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children aged 16 and younger.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?2020-12-22T14:35:44-06:00

Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?2020-12-22T14:35:49-06:00

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick

Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?2020-12-22T14:35:56-06:00

We strongly recommend you get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.

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