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COVID-19 Topic: COVID-19 Vaccines

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to women who are breastfeeding?

There are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant or on…

Can we require our employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine that has only been approved subject to an Emergency Use Authorization?

Federal agencies have not provided specific guidance on making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory when the vaccine has only been approved subject to an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA),…

Can we stop precautions once an individual is vaccinated and has been proven to have immunity through antibody testing?

Precautions should still be used even if someone has been vaccinated and proven to have immunity from the vaccine. Employees and patients should still wear masks,…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to 16 – 18 years of age?

The FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for administration in ages 16 and older through emergency use authorization. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/recs/grade/covid-19-pfizer-biontech-etr.html “On December 11, 2020, the Food…

Is it safe to administer to pregnant patients/employees?

Currently there are limited data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant individuals. CDC and the independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have…

Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause you to test positive?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html No, vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States will not cause patients to test positive on the viral test used to detect infection….

Now that there is an approved and recommended vaccine for COVID-19, where can I find related, factual information?

The CDC posts all current information related to COVID-19 and vaccines on their site. Follow this link to the latest facts about COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html

When will the vaccine be available?

The FDA is the regulatory authority responsible for oversight of the safety, effectiveness, and quality of vaccines used in the U.S., and they have been working…

What are the benefits and risks of the vaccine?

The benefits and risks will vary by vaccine. Some general benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine include: It will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Based…

Do you have a consent form for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Curi’s downloadable consent form is linked here. In addition, here’s a link to our vaccine declination form for those who may refuse the vaccine.

Will there be a vaccine information statement to give out to patients?

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are required by law for licensed vaccines that are added to the Vaccine Injury Table, as determined by the CDC. Optional VISs…

Are there guidelines to prioritize who gets vaccinated first?

Yes. The CDC has created guidelines for prioritizing vaccines, and each state has submitted a vaccination plan for how they will administer vaccines. Click here to…

Can we require our employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine that has been licensed by the FDA?

Once a vaccine is licensed by the FDA, employers may implement mandatory vaccination programs with limited exceptions. Some variability exists under federal law and among federal…

Are we required to make accommodations if our employees refuse to take the vaccine?

Federal mandates do allow for some exemptions to mandatory vaccination policies, such as disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs that may require reasonable accommodations to be…

Who will pay for the vaccine?

This will depend on age, employment, and government-funded programs. According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American…

What steps does our practice need to take to receive/administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available?

These steps are outlined in the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination-Program Interim Playbook, beginning on page 21. Here is an overview from the CDC: COVID-19 VACCINATION PROVIDER OUTREACH…

Are there special requirements for storing the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Depending on the manufacturer, there are specific requirements for storing vaccines. Knowing these requirements prior to requesting your vaccine is essential, so you can choose…

Will there be liability protection for administering vaccines?

Yes. According to “The PREP Act and COVID-19: Limiting Liability for Medical Countermeasures,” during a public health emergency, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

Does the vaccine provide longer immunity than being infected with COVID-19?

The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus…

If I have already had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This protection is…

What should we do if we have a patient who does not show for the second injection of the vaccine?

While most advanced vaccine candidates require two shots, not all will necessarily need two. Currently at this time, the first two COVID-19 vaccines submitted to FDA…

Where do we report adverse events related to the vaccine?

Healthcare providers are required by law to report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): Any adverse event listed in the VAERS Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccinationthat occurs…

Where can I find CDC information on vaccines?

The CDC’s FAQs on vaccinations can be found here: CDC Vaccine Information.

What precautions do we need to take if we have providers who want to participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial?

It depends on the type of vaccine. Some live attenuated vaccines could potentially cause post-vaccination shedding of the virus to susceptible persons, requiring extra precautions to…

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