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Receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus Vaccine

Perimeter Orthopaedics believes in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illnesses and save lives. Doctors have seen serious and fatal infectious diseases eradicated by vaccines, one of the most important public health improvements of the last century. We also firmly believe in the safety of vaccines.

With that being said, several of our providers have been fortunate to receive the first dose of the vaccine this past weekend though our affiliation with Emory Healthcare. The vaccine has been created by two manufacturers; Pfizer and Moderna.

Covid-19 Vaccine

As of the morning of December 14, 2020, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the FDA.

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are a new type of vaccine, but the technology behind them has been studied for decades. These vaccine types teach our cells to make the “spike protein” necessary to protect us from infection when the real virus enters our body. This type of vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 and does not impact or interact with your DNA (genetic material).

Receiving the Vaccine

Based on national guidance, a “tiering” system is being used to prioritize those at greatest risk of exposure, particularly healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents. On December 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that healthcare personnel with direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials receive a COVID-19 vaccine first.

As previously mentioned, some of our providers have been fortunate enough to receive the first dose of the vaccine. They are not experiencing any symptoms and currently feel well.

Public Distribution

Experts began working during the summer of 2020 on a strategy for distributing these limited vaccines in a fair, ethical and transparent way. Vaccines have been allocated to each state based on population. Each state is responsible for developing a distribution plan. Therefore, distribution plans and timelines will vary by state. Check with your local health department for updates.

Why should I get the vaccine?

Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. According to the CDC, the combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

At Perimeter Orthopaedics, we firmly believe everyone should receive the vaccine.

Will it be safe to get the vaccine?

COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you do get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. A COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use. These protections are in place to ensure the greatest safety measures have been taken before distributing COVID-19 vaccines to the population.

Questions about the vaccine?

If you have questions about the vaccine, we encourage you to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html and continue with the normal covid protocol. This means we should still wear a mask any time we are around others, wash hands and use hand sanitizer. Staying 6 feet apart when able and avoid large crowds. Together, with the vaccine, we can beat Covid-19 and get back to our normal lives.

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Lauren Mueller Marketing

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