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Moderna (mRNA vaccine) - issued emergency use authorization by the FDA on December 18, 2020.
Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective at preventing laboratory confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses.
In Carlisle, we will begin clinics in late January/ early February pending vaccine delivery from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. An general overview of the different phases:
For more information on the different phases under the State’s vaccine timeline: LINK HERE
Mass.gov information: "When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? LINK HERE
Anyone age 18+ who does not have a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to any components of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a history of anaphylaxis to a food or medication, you can get the vaccine but we recommend you have it administered in a medical setting (e.g. hospital or clinic).
Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. NOTE: We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. The below list of underlying medical conditions is not exhaustive and only includes conditions with sufficient evidence to draw conclusions; it is a living document that may be updated at any time, subject to potentially rapid change as the science evolves.
For more information for people with certain medical conditions and the need for extra precautions, refer to the CDC guide: LINK HERE
Currently, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that you digitally sign an attestation form confirming that you are in the group currently eligible for vaccine. No specific documentation is otherwise required.
Registration will be online or by phone once the clinic dates have been set. Announcements will be made on the town website, in the Carlisle Mosquito, COA Newsletter.
Yes, if you do not have a fever or other COVID-related symptoms.
The vaccine is currently available at hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and municipal clinics. More information regarding where to get a vaccine can be found on the MASS.gov website: LINK HERE
Carlisle will be offering a drive-through clinic in the parking lot of the Carlisle Congregational Church (147 School St.).
The second Moderna vaccine dose should be administered 4 weeks after the first Moderna dose. There is a grace period of about 4 days, but there is no maximum interval between the first and second does.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is not interchangeable with other COVID-19 vaccines to complete the vaccination series. The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the Moderna vaccine. However, if two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are inadvertently administered, no additional doses of either product are recommended at this time.
All vaccines can cause side effects. People have reported redness, pain, swelling at the injection site and chills, fever, fatigue, headache, joint and muscle aches (more common after 2nd shot). You may experience flu- like symptoms within 1-2 days of the vaccine, which resolve within a few days.
You can use over-the-counter medication for fever or pain (such as Tylenol), but it is generally recommended to avoid NSAIDS (like Advil or ibuprofen) as they may reduce the immune response to the vaccine.
The following symptoms are NOT associated with the vaccine: shortness of breath, cough, loss of smell/taste, runny nose, sore throat. IF you experience these type of symptoms you should contact your primary physician. The vaccine does NOT cause a positive PCR test.
We do not know. Antibody responses have been documented for 4 months after the vaccine has been administered, and it is thought that immunity may last greater than 1 year.
LINK HERE to correspondence to The New England Journal of Medicine regarding "Durability of Responses after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA-1273 Vaccination".
The vaccine does not contain eggs, Latex, or preservatives. The mRNA is surrounded by a lipid capsule, which contains polyethylene glycol (the likely trigger for allergic reactions). LINK HERE for the Moderna COVID-19 Fact Sheet.
We do not know yet. These groups were not included in the clinical trials. If you are in this category you should discuss the vaccine with your OB/GYN.
In the past, people could refuse a vaccine available under EUA (emergency use authorization), since it is not FDA approved. In the near future, a COVID vaccine may be required for air travel, work, school or international travel, but the specifics of this are not yet clear.
Most experts recommend getting the vaccine even if you’ve already had COVID, since we don’t know how long immunity lasts. If you’ve recently had COVID, you can wait about 90 days.
Vaccines purchased with US Taxpayer money will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be allowed to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
Yes. Participants will receive a vaccination card (CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card). On this card will be the vaccine information you received and the date you received it for both doses. It may be a good idea to take a picture of this card. There is a place on the back of the card to put a reminder date for the second shot.
Even if you’ve received a vaccine, you should still continue to wear a mask when in public until cases have declined significantly. The vaccine is only part of the overall strategy to overcome COVID-19.
Although the vaccine has proven to be effective at preventing COVID-19 illness, its ability to prevent infection or transmission is not yet known.
It is normal for viruses to change as they spread, and for new variants to appear. Scientists are working to learn more about new COVID-19 variants to understand how easily they might spread, and whether the vaccines we already have will protect people against them. Right now, we don’t have any evidence that the new COVID-19 variants can make people sicker or increase risk of death. However, as time goes on and scientists learn more, we will have more detailed information.
No. Recipients will receive the vaccine offered to them when they attend a vaccination clinic. Both vaccines currently available in the U.S. are highly effective and safe.
It usually 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.