COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Click the play button below for the audio interview with Dr. Jim Campbell about the COVID-19 vaccine:

Together with Medical Director Dr. James Campbell, Jennings encourages each staff member and resident to receive the vaccine. It is the best way to keep yourself from becoming ill from COVID-19, to protect frail residents, to help protect your own family, and to help stop the pandemic.

Resources and Frequently Asked Questions.

How will you receive the vaccine? Jennings is working with CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies to give us our vaccines on-site. Each person will have a two-step vaccine: You receive the first vaccine, then the booster approximately 2-3 weeks later.

Can we believe that a COVID-19 immunization will work? COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19 (source: CDC)

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also 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.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

What if I already had COVID-19? Medical professionals still strongly encourage you to get the vaccine even if you already had the virus. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. (source: Ohio Department of Health)

Is it safe to receive the vaccine? This is an important question on all our minds right now. There are very good reasons to believe in the safety of the vaccine. Safety is a top priority of the U.S. vaccine safety development and approval process. The development process for COVID-19 vaccines involved several steps comparable with those used to develop other vaccines such as the flu or measles vaccine, which have successfully protected millions of Ohioans for decades. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as independent medical experts, have ensured that every detail of COVID-19 vaccines is thoroughly and rigorously evaluated. Evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and work to prevent COVID-19. Of the first two vaccines to be granted FDA emergency use authorization, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective, and the Moderna vaccine was 94% effective in phase 3 clinical trials with more than 70,000 participants between the two studies. Although the COVID-19 vaccines themselves have been developed recently, the technology used in mRNA vaccines, like those developed by Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna, has been studied for decades. (source: Ohio Department of Health)

What are the normal effects of the vaccine? When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can expect mild side effects, including soreness or redness at the injection site. Other common side effects are fever, chills, headache, tiredness, and muscle or joint pain. These side effects are normal as your body creates an immune response to protect you from COVID-19, and may increase with the second dose. Learn more about what to expect in this video from the CDC. (source: Ohio Department of Health)