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Metroplex Vital Care is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to the general population. As always, we follow all CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services recommended guidelines. Vaccines will be administered by appointment only.
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Appointments cannot be made by calling Metroplex Vital Care, pharmacy.
Different types of vaccinations operate in various means to provide protection. However every kind of vaccine works by teaching our bodies just how to make cells that causes an immune feedback. That immune response, which generates antibodies, is what protects us if the real infection enters the body.
Presently, there are 3 primary types of COVID-19 vaccines that are or soon will be undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials within the United States:
- mRNA vaccines
- Protein subunit vaccines
- Vector vaccines
The COVID-19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccination does not alter your DNA in any way. The vaccination will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to experience the effects of COVID-19.
Discover more about how the COVID-19 vaccines work by reading the Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Getting this vaccination when it is offered to you exemplifies one step each of us to take in order to get the overall economy, as well as our way of life, return to normal.
Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make COVID-19 vaccines available. The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials. The vaccines are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe.
Even though they found no safety issues during the clinical trials, CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the new vaccines. They watch out for serious side effects (or “adverse events”) using vaccine safety monitoring systems, like the new V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker app.
For the most up-to-date information, see the Vaccine Safety section of the CDC website.
To learn about CDC’s new vaccine safety monitoring system, see the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker section of the CDC website.
COVID-19 vaccines are still new and are still being assessed. Some COVID-19 vaccinations may protect against severe illness, while others may prevent people from getting COVID-19 altogether. Others may be effective to avoid the spread of the virus. CDC and DSHS will keep the general public informed as they find out more.
Various vaccines are confirming to have different efficacy rates. Some producers are reporting 90% to 95% protection at 1–2 weeks after obtaining the last dose. At this time, experts do not know how long protection will last or whether a booster injection will be required later on, after the preliminary advised vaccine dose(s). CDC and DSHS will keep the public informed as they discover more.
Certainly. Experts are still finding out about the defense that COVID-19 vaccinations offers under real-life conditions. The vaccination is not anticipated to be 100% effective. Currently, the CDC encourages everyone to continue the use of all the protective tools to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the infection. Use a mask or cloth face-covering if you are out in public or when around others who don’t live within your home. These masks or face coverings will help prevent the spread when you cannot avoid being in the same area as other people.
Using a mask or cloth face covering does not imply that you don’t need to stay a safe distance from others. Social distancing, or maintaining at least 6 feet apart from others, is still essential to keep you and others safe.
The experts at CDC are still learning about the protection that the COVID-19 vaccination offers under real-life situations. So, as soon as you can get vaccinated, continue usage of your mask, washing your hands, as well as maintaining six feet distance from others until the CDC and DSHS announces an update.
The CDC and DSHS are still learning about how long a recuperated individual is safeguarded by “natural immunity.” Early evidence suggests that immunity after having COVID-19 may not last very long.
We also don’t know yet the length of time the vaccines’ protection lasts, it is also called the “vaccine-induced immunity.” The CDC and DSHS will keep the public informed as more details become readily available.
CDC has a brand-new smartphone-based device for this initiative called v-safe. This device helps CDC check in on people’s health and wellness after they receive a COVID-19 vaccination. When you obtain your vaccine, you need to likewise get a v-safe details sheet telling you just how to sign up in v-safe. If you enroll, you will get normal text directing you to studies. Utilize these surveys to report any kind of issues or unfavorable reactions you have after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Read about v-safe with the V-safe Information Sheet (PDF).
According to CDC’s website, CDC as well as FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called damaging events) to the Vaccination Damaging Event Coverage System (VAERS). This national system gathers these information to try to find damaging events. Those may consist of ones that are unanticipated, ones that show up to take place more often than expected or ones that have unusual patterns of incident. Reports to VAERS help CDC check the safety of injections. Safety is a leading priority.
For more details about the distinction between a vaccine side effect and an adverse event, visit the Understanding Side Effects and Adverse Events section of the CDC website.
For more information about the reporting system, visit the VAERS website or call 800-822-7967.
You need to additionally let your medical professional find out about your reaction. According to CDC, healthcare providers will require to report some vaccination adverse effects to VAERS.
No, the COVID-19 vaccines does not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine does not alter your DNA. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to experience sickness.
To learn about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Different COVID-19 Vaccines section of the CDC website.
At this time, experts do not know how secure the COVID-19 vaccine is for children. Individuals 16 years old and older are currently eligible to get the vaccination if they are in a priority population.
Currently, experts do not know how safe the COVID-19 vaccine is for those who are expecting. Information from studies are still limited. However, experts believe the COVID-19 vaccines are not likely to present a threat to individuals that are pregnant. If you are expecting and are qualified to get the vaccine, you can choose to get the vaccine. Review your alternatives and any type of concerns with your doctor.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, go to the Vaccination Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding section of the CDC website.
There are three primary resources for reputable information: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines both require two doses. It’s required to get your second dose from the same brand as your first dose. For example, if you got a Pfizer first dose, it’s required to get Pfizer for your second dose.
Report an Adverse Event to VAERS
VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences. Anyone can submit a report to VAERS, including parents and patients.
You can submit an online report of adverse events in two ways: