Why YOU should consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine and answers to FAQs
While the COVID-19 vaccination for our Dental Whale and DWPG team members is not a requirement and is completely voluntary, the Dental Whale Compliance Department and your Practice Group leadership are committed to keeping you informed and updated on the vaccine and the latest information on its distribution. Learn more about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine in this quick educational Q and A document.
What is an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine?
Is the mRNA vaccine a novel type of vaccination?
Will the MRNA vaccine affect or alter my DNA?
Will I experience side effects and what does that really mean?
What if I already recovered from COVID-19 – should I still get vaccinated?
Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
· Experts and researchers are still learning about the length of immunity and level of protection provided by the vaccine. Additionally important factors to consider are the number of people vaccinated and the rate of infection in various communities. These factors may affect the efficacy of vaccine consideration As such, at this time the CDC recommends continuing to follow all precautions and guidelines.
How quickly after taking the vaccine will I develop immunity?
· According to the CDC: “It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) 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 still get sick.”
Reports of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are popping up globally, including in the U.S… Will the current COVID-19 vaccines protect us against new COVID strains/mutations?
· Viruses mutate all the time. Most of the variants die out. Sometimes, variants spread without altering the virus’s behavior. Occasionally, these mutations may trigger dramatic changes. At this time, experts believe that the vaccines should protect against variants and mutations of the virus, which are now being reported worldwide.
Dr. Linda Nabha- infectious diseases specialist stated:
“The vaccine is essentially giving us the genetic code against the M spike protein, right?! So essentially the virus has got to change specifically, majorly change that particular part…,” Nabha said. “So you have to have a lot of those mutations for that to actually occur.”
|How long will immunity last after receiving the vaccination?
· According to the CDC:
“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 more data on how well the vaccines work.
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.”
How common are allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you are interested in receiving the vaccine, please let your manager know. Not all of our DWPG practices are located in states that are currently classify dental health care providers as part of the Phase 1A priority group for vaccination distribution. The Dental Whale Compliance department has been and is continuously dedicated to keeping you updated on the latest information about vaccination opportunities and the vaccination process. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine .