COVID-19 Vaccine Information
This video answers frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for long-term care employees featuring Dr. Sam Stanton, ABCM medical director, and Dr. Clete Younger, medical director for seven skilled nursing facilities. This video is brought to you by the Iowa Health Care Association and the Iowa Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Blue Stone Therapy is committed to provide all of our employees a safe work environment. With that, we are fully aware that many of our employees have fears or concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Below are some questions we have received and resources for you to better understand the vaccine and its benefits. While the vaccine is not required at this time for Blue Stone staff it is highly encouraged and we want to continue to provide you education so that each and every one of you is more confident in receiving it. The more residents and staff we get vaccinated, the better we can protect our community against on-going potential outbreaks. Let’s work together to continue to BUILD STRENGTH AND ENHANCE LIVES!
PLEASE REVIEW THESE OTHER INFORMATIVE RESOURCES:
GET VACCINATED: FACTS AND MYTHS:
CDC COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION:
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE:
QUESTION: When can I expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in my facility?
This of course varies from location to location -- however, we anticipate completing the first dose between December 28th and January 18th. The target for the completion of the second dose is between January 18th and February 2nd. All doses should be complete no later than March 1st. This is all very exciting and encouraging to our very vulnerable residents. Please confer with your Rehab Director for the most up to date schedule for your location.
QUESTION: Will I still be required to wear PPE after vaccination?
Yes, the use of PPE use will continue to be in place after an employee is vaccinated for the time being. Blue Stone will continue to monitor developments in this information as it becomes available.
QUESTION: Should I be concerned about getting the COVID-19 Vaccine if I’m pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?
From the CDC Website:
COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for People Who Are Pregnant
CDC and the independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have provided information to assist pregnant people with their decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People who are pregnant may choose to be vaccinated.
Currently, there are limited data available on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. Animal developmental and reproductive toxicity (DART) studies are ongoing and studies in people who are pregnant are planned. CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have safety monitoring systems in place to capture information about vaccination during pregnancy and will closely monitor reports.
While studies have not yet been done, based on how mRNA vaccines work, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant. mRNA vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 and therefore cannot give someone COVID-19. Additionally, mRNA vaccines do not interact with genetic material DNA because the mRNA does not enter the nucleus of the cell. Cells break apart the mRNA quickly. However, the potential risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and her fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women.
If you have questions around getting vaccinated during pregnancy or if you are planning on becoming pregnant, we encourage you to have a discussion with your physician to help you make an informed decision.
QUESTION: Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?
From the CDC website:
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development or in use in the United States, contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
QUESTION: I’ve already had COVID-19. Do I still need to get a vaccine?
From the CDC website:
FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated
Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.
At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.
We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.
Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
QUESTION: As a PRN employee will I be able to get the vaccine at a Bluestone facility?
Generally, that will depend on how many vaccines the facility is able to secure. PRN staff that regularly work in a facility may be added to the list, however, many PRN staff also have a fulltime position with another company and should seek obtaining the vaccine there. Confer with your Rehab Director to determine availability for PRN’s at the locations you work at.
QUESTION: My building is telling all employees to bring their insurance card to get their vaccine. I see that it says all Blue Stone employees will receive the vaccine free of charge. Is insurance a “formality” or will we be subject to insurance costs such as deductibles/OOP costs?
One of the requirements of the pharmacy is to bring in your insurance card. You will not be subject to Co-pay, deductible, or OPP costs. This vaccine is free to the public but not sure how they are billing the insurance companies.
QUESTION: A staff member stated they typically react to the flu shot and has a fever and down a day or two. Will there be something in place that because of shot if you have symptoms you can still come to work?
This would really depend on the policy of the building. If there is frequent testing occurring, there may be ability to work with symptoms and a fever less than 99.5. Check with your community to determine their policy on this matter and what they are directing their staff to do.