After a year of pandemic lifestyle, COVID-19 vaccines offer a path toward safe and healthy social gatherings, travel, and return to ‘business as usual’. But until enough of us are vaccinated, staying home, wearing masks, and keeping our distance will still be necessary to keep the community healthy.1 We know that many people have concerns about getting vaccinated and we urge you to discuss those with your healthcare team to make the right decision for you.
Here are a few things we want you to know about the COVID-19 vaccines available in the USA:
- The vaccines are safe and were thoroughly tested according to established protocols even though they were developed very quickly2
- ALL the vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death3,4
- The mRNA found in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine does NOT impact an individual’s DNA and it degrades and leaves the body very quickly after triggering the production of proteins that signal the body to develop immunity1,5
- Vaccines are free of the most common allergens and animal products (latex, preservatives, corn, dairy, soy, eggs). People with a history of allergic reactions should make a plan with their healthcare team to manage a potential reaction, but can be safely vaccinated6,7
- They have been deemed ethically developed and do not contain products that might go against a person’s faith traditions [fetal cells, beef, pork]5,8
- The vaccines do not contain live virus and CANNOT cause COVID-19 infection4
- They do NOT contain microchips or tracking devices9–11
- People with immunocompromise, autoimmune disorders, and inflammatory disorders CAN be vaccinated safely, and it is recommended in most situations. Unfortunately, it may not be as effective because of a decreased immune response6,12
- Those who have had COVID-19 are recommended to receive the vaccine any time after they meet criteria to end isolation & 90 days after receiving antibody therapy for the disease4,12
While the vaccines are safe for most people, there are some people who should not get vaccinated or will need to carefully consider the risks vs. benefits of vaccination. The safety of these individuals will depend on all of us who are able to get our vaccines to decrease the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities.1 The people who need your help include:
- All children & adolescents under the age of 1613
- Safety of the vaccine has not been sufficiently studied for this group
- Pregnant and breastfeeding individuals7,13
- People working directly with individuals who may be ill (caregivers or front line healthcare providers) or with high potential for exposure (essential workers) may be safer to receive vaccine than risk severe illness with COVID-19 and should discuss this with their care team
- People who are allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate6,7
- The vaccines do contain PEG; allergic individuals are not eligible to receive the vaccine
Why Our Staff is Getting Vaccinated
We also want to share with you why we chose to get vaccinated. We hope these stories inspire you to do your best for our community and get vaccinated. Or, if vaccination is not safe for you, then encourage others to get vaccinated and thank them for helping to make you safe and allowing us all to get out of our homes and get close to our loved ones again!
- For me it was “the light at the end of the tunnel.” It will not only keep me safe, but my friends and family. And dang it- I want to go out and have some fun with all of them !!!!! -Lisa, Front Desk, Fort Collins
- I believe in the science, and I trust in the process of vaccine development. Also, I live in a multi-generational household, so this vaccine is as much for me as it is for my mother and grandmother. I vaccinate myself to protect not only myself, but others including my family, friends, co-workers, patients, and fellow citizens of Northern Colorado. -Megan, PT, Loveland
- I got the vaccine to help protect my parents and family. And because I miss hugs! -Kara, PTA, Fort Collins
- Getting vaccinated is certainly beneficial to me and to my wife and extended family – especially since my wife is also in healthcare (we have the potential for a good deal of exposure). But bigger than that, it is a major component in the path to reduce the impact of the pandemic world-wide. It is my opportunity and responsibility to help the human race through this pandemic – along with being diligent with social distancing, hand washing, etc. -Duane, PT, Loveland
- I am very grateful to have gotten my first vaccine. Considering my age, I felt it was a privilege to get my first “Fauci Ouchie” and look forward to getting my second one in 2 weeks. -Debbie, Front Desk & Billing, Loveland
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe way to build protection around yourself, your co-workers, patients, family, and friends. The vaccine is designed to boost and reinforce your immune system, which enhances the other safety precautions we have all been doing for months now. These include wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. It is very important to all of us at Foothills Therapy to do as much as we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and still be able to provide the care that the community expects from us. -Robert, PT, Loveland
- I received my first dose of Moderna vaccine on Jan. 28 which was a surprise since notification for me came the day before. My only reaction to the actual vaccine was soreness of my middle deltoid (as the side of the shoulder is known in our world). Having the vaccine is important to me because, with me being of a certain age (63), I have some heightened risk and have decreased my hours in the clinic to only 3 days a week to avoid exposure. A couple of weeks after I get my second dose of vaccine on board, I will be able to 1) treat my patients with some less anxiety, 2) hug my 87 year old Mom, 3) get a haircut (which hasn’t happened in over a year) and 4) MAYBE return to some bike racing. -Jeff, PT, Fort Collins
- I’ve always approached vaccines for me and my kids as a matter of public health- we do it out of love for humanity, not personal benefit. But the COVID-19 vaccine has been a personal gift to me- I can’t describe the wave of emotion and relief when I scheduled for that first shot. I had no idea the invisible burden I had been carrying as I cared hands-on for so many beloved individuals with chronic illness each workday and then came home to my own precious kids each night. I never felt fearful, but I did feel a huge sense of responsibility to keep everyone I touched safe. Having hEDS, MCAS and POTS, the vaccination process has been physically challenging for me and I had to take special precautions with each injection to avoid anaphylaxis. That said, the post-vax symptoms are similar to my usual flare-ups, but this ‘flare-up’ has a clear trigger, a clear benefit, and a clear ending point. All in all, it is SO worth it!
- CDC. What You Need to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published February 9, 2021. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html
- COVID-19 vaccines: Dive deep on emergency use authorization. American Medical Association. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-vaccines-dive-deep-emergency-use-authorization
- Commissioner O of the. FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine. FDA. Published February 27, 2021. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-emergency-use-authorization-third-covid-19-vaccine
- CDC. Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published February 3, 2021. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html
- Randall R. 3 Bioethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines. ChristianityToday.com. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/january-web-only/covid-19-vaccine-christian-ethical-questions-fetal-cells.html
- COVID-19 Vaccine Reported Allergic Reactions | Allergy & Asthma Network. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/news/statement-on-covid-vaccine/
- CDC. COVID-19 and Your Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published February 11, 2020. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups/allergies.html
- Zeiger H. Coronavirus Vaccine Ethics. Published online December 8, 2020. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://cbhd.org/content/coronavirus-vaccine-ethics
- Miller AM Anna Medaris. 8 coronavirus vaccine myths debunked, from microchipping to DNA changes. Business Insider. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.businessinsider.com/8-coronavirus-vaccine-myths-debunked-from-microchipping-to-mandates-2020-12
- Staff R. Fact check: COVID-19 vaccine labels would not microchip or track individuals, but serve logistical purpose. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-microchip-not-injected-covi-idUSKBN28O1TM. Published December 14, 2020. Accessed March 1, 2021.
- Coronavirus: Bill Gates ‘microchip’ conspiracy theory and other vaccine claims fact-checked. BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/52847648. Published May 29, 2020. Accessed March 1, 2021.
- Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC. Published February 18, 2021. Accessed March 1, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html