Missouri is now vaccinating all Missouri adults, as well as non-residents.
Individuals wanting to be vaccinated should contact a Lake Regional primary care clinic to schedule an appointment.
Get the Vax Facts:
A: Yes. Here are the facts about vaccine development, side effects and those rumors you’ve heard:
Vaccine Development: Large clinical trials showed that all approved vaccines are safe and effective, and there were no safety shortcuts. While the COVID-19 vaccines are new, scientists have been working with the technology for mRNA and viral vector vaccines for more than 20 years.
Side Effects: Most side effects are mild, such as sore arm or tiredness. Some people have no side effects at all. Serious allergic reactions or blood clots are extremely rare.
Rumor Control: The vaccines do not: alter your DNA, cause infertility, contain a tracking chip or give you COVID-19.
A: Yes, all of the COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against illness.
Efficacy Rates: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have an approximate 95% efficacy rate and are highly effective in preventing severe disease. Johnson & Johnson's has an 85% efficacy rate in preventing hospitalization and complete protection against death caused by COVID-19.
Best Defense: You should not risk the possibility of severe illness and death from COVID-19 when you can acquire immunity from the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Plus, it is unknown how long natural immunity lasts after contracting COVID-19.
A: Yes, the vaccine is recommended for healthy people, too.
Even though some groups of people have had lower rates of hospitalization and mortality, they still might be vulnerable to medical problems from COVID-19 or even at risk for potential death. The new coronavirus variants also may pose a greater risk to younger people because some are more contagious.
Currently, a rise in coronavirus infections among young people appears to be driving new outbreaks in many states. According to the Missouri Hospital Association, the demographic group of 20-44 year olds currently make up the largest group of positive cases. In addition, the most recent data from the CDC shows that adults younger than 50 account for the most hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
A: Use of the vaccine has resumed because a review of all available data shows that the J&J COVID-19 vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.
Nearly 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the United States. Side effects of concern have been extremely rare, affecting less than 20 people in the 8 million.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Patients with other clinical questions should contact their health care provider or call the state's COVID-19 hotline at 877.435.8411.
Pregnant women may choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Experts think they are unlikely to pose a specific risk for people who are pregnant. However, there are currently limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people because these vaccines have not been widely studied in pregnant people.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that breastfeeding women get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to stop breastfeeding if you want to get a vaccine. When you get vaccinated, the antibodies made by your body can be passed through breastmilk and help protect your child from the virus.
Additionally, women wanting to get pregnant also can get the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility, and women who have recently been vaccinated do not need to delay getting pregnant.
Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Take Action: Contact a Lake Regional primary care clinic today to schedule a vaccination appointment.
The COVID-19 vaccine itself is provided at no charge. However, there is a vaccine administration charge that will be billed to your insurance, including Medicare, if you are insured. At this time, there is no copay or co-insurance and therefore no out-of-pocket costs. Uninsured patients will have no out-of-pocket costs.
To learn more about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine visit mostopscovid.com.