For anyone that's fully vaccinated, you're probably wondering what this means for you going forward. In addition to guidelines from the CDC, we wanted to share a 1-on-1 interview with Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Director at AllWays Health Partners, Dr. James Hellinger. Below he answers some of today's most buzzed-about questions circling everyone's minds regarding safety with transportation, travel, grocery stores, and restaurants.
No matter your specialty—your patients may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that anyone aged 16+ is eligible to receive a COVID-vaccine in Massachusetts, patients are looking to providers to learn more about side effects. Below we have outlined talking strategies to help you answer their questions. We’ve also included common side effects for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines so that you can keep your patients updated on the facts.
Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Starting April 19, everyone 16+ is eligible to receive the vaccine in Massachusetts. But, it may take several weeks to get an appointment. The best way for your patients to decrease a potential waiting time is to pre-register for the vaccine at one of the Mass vaccination sites. Read on for tips on how to encourage your patients to pre-register.
UPDATE: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that teachers, early educators and school staff members will be eligible to begin signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting on March 11.
Individuals 65+ and individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions became eligible for the vaccine on February 18, 2021. Learn more.
The Massachusetts’s Department of Public Health (MDPH) has made it easy for providers to find answers to common questions during the pandemic and now in the vaccine phase. Their website provides updates on administrative considerations, vaccine allocation and distribution, administration, prioritization, vaccinating healthcare providers, safety, vaccine storage, MIIS registration, enrollment, and training.
Misunderstandings about flu vaccines have existed for decades, leading to vaccine mistrust and lower-than-ideal vaccination rates. Now that the coronavirus vaccine is being administered in phase 1, experts are concerned that the lack of trust and understanding about flu vaccines could translate into lower-than-optimal coronavirus vaccination rates. That's why we're sharing "Ingredients in flu vaccine won’t hurt you – two pharmacists explain why" from The Conversation.