COVID-19 Vaccine

The initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine was given to staff and Skilled Nursing residents at MH by Omnicare (CVS) on January 3, 2021. A second vaccination clinic has been scheduled for January 24, 2021, at which time persons who received the initial dose will receive the second dose. Also, MH staff and residents who did not get vaccinated on January 3, 2021, may receive their first dose. MHC will use government guidelines to prioritize staff and residents to receive the vaccine because there is insufficient supply to inoculate all in the first round of vaccinations. WCV staff and residents are not included in the first-round administration of the vaccines. MHC is strongly urging all staff and residents to receive the vaccine when it is made available to them.

Vaccine information was communicated to MH residents and family members. The letter can be found here. Additional resident communication is available below.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

  • Safety is the most important priority in vaccine approval
  • Most adverse side effects occur within 6 weeks of vaccine administration, and the FDA has required 8 weeks of safety monitoring
  • FDA advises a minimum of 3,000 participants to assess safety. The current phase 3 trials have 30,000 to 50,000 participants. This really demonstrates how safety is a top priority for the FDA and the medical community.

Why should we trust the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The FDA using the same standards that it has for decades
  • There are no steps being “skipped”
  • Data from the vaccine trials is being rigorously reviewed by independent experts

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