Two Vaccine manufacturers received Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccines in late December 2020. This pandemic, meaning a worldwide epidemic, has been stressful for everyone. One important way to get this current pandemic under control is to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
Here are somefrequently asked questions:
Is it painful? It is as painful as getting a short, thin needle injected into your upper arm.
Does it take long? The actual injection itself takes seconds to administer.
Are there side effects? The following side effects have been reported: pain, swelling, redness at site of injection fatigue headache muscle pain chills joint pain fever nausea tiredness.
How long will the side effects last?Side effects normally go away in a few days.
What should I do to decrease side effects?Drink plenty of fluids, use or exercise the arm that got the injection, report any severe or sudden changes to medical.
Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine? Recommendations for vaccination are similar to the FDC flu vaccination high risk inmates are priority with remaining population being offered vaccinations as available.
Who should not get the vaccine? Anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and anyone who had a severe reaction to any ingredient in the vaccine (examples are: polysorbate and polyethylene glycol)
Will I get COVID after getting the vaccine?The COVID vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID. You should continue to use protective measures: wash your hands often, cough into your arm, social distance when possible.
How many vaccines are there for COVID-19? Over 100. However, only two are currently authorized for use in the United States, with a third likely to approved as soon as the end of January 2021 and a fourth likely to be approved in the next few months.
How many doses of the vaccine would I have to take? Of the two vaccines currently available, both require two doses spread apart over 3 to 4 weeks.
I am interested in getting vaccinated, when can I expect to receive my shots? While these vaccines have been approved, they are in extremely short supply. FDC is working with the State Department of Health to receive vaccines. As soon as they are available in our system, we will begin the vaccination process.
The medical department will be going dorm to dorm the next few nights for COVID vaccine education. We will be reading the above prompt to the entire dorm.
We will be asking all of you to either consent or refuse the vaccine after the education is provided.
All inmates must be on their assigned bunks for the education. Once we are done with our education, we will ask each of you to stand in 2 lines, one line for consents and one line for refusals. Were asking that you stand in either line in your assigned bunk order and sign the appropriate paper work for what your decision will be.
We will be arriving with dorm rosters to insure that each and every one of you are accounted for as this is a mandatory education.
If you refuse the vaccine tonight, you are able to consent at a later date via the Sick Call or Inmate request process.
If you consent for the vaccine tonight, you are able to refuse the date of your appointment.
Please be advised, the sooner were able to finish, the sooner you all will be able to enjoy your nights.
Tomoka CI Medical Department.
By George Broxson