Our first priority is the health and safety of our communities. We have
listened to our community and have heard your concerns, questions and
hesitancy on receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine, and we want to answer some
of those questions for you.
Hesitation Statement: “I plan to wait and see if the vaccine is safe.”
More than 170 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, and on August 23rd, 2021 the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine was fully approved by the FDA. Based
on large studies showing safety, this recent approval and many vaccines
that have already been administered, we feel confident it has a strong
Hesitation Statement: “I am concerned about possible side effects
of a COVID Vaccine.”
The side effects of a COVID-19 Vaccine are short lived, unlike the full
effects of Covid-19, which can last for a long period of time and may
cause lasting damage. Not only is COVID-19 pneumonia a devastating disease,
especially the new variant, but also there is an illness called Long-COVID,
which we still don’t know much about. But I have seen patients suffer
from it, and it can render a patient disabled with pain, shortness of
breath, fatigue, palpitations, and numbness and tingling, and so on.
Common side effects of getting the COVID-19 vaccine are injection site
pain and swelling, muscle pain, fever, chills, fatigue. These are actually
a good sign of your body is making antibodies to help you fight the virus!
These are be treated with cold compress, drinking lots of water, ibuprofen
Another concern is endocarditis or pericarditis, which is inflammation
of the heart after getting the vaccine. According to Dr. Paul Ofet, this
is a very rare side effect, although it can be a very real side effect
of the vaccine. But this event is rare and short lived, and can be cured
He has a very great analogy that I really like that says if you have a
room full of 100,000 people and you give them all the vaccine, 2 of them
will probably have this short lived side effect, but if you don’t
give any of them the vaccine then 1,300 of them will get COVID-19, 100
will be hospitalized, 2 will get the multi- system inflammatory syndrome
and 20 will die.
If you have already gotten COVID-19, it is still important to get vaccinated
because the immunity that you received after having the virus may not
be as strong as the protection you get with the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Hesitation Statement: “I don’t believe I need a COVID-19 Vaccine.”
The more people that get vaccinated the fewer people the virus will have
to infect, and the less likely the virus will mutate to another variant,
making the world vulnerable again. In fact, the areas of the United States
where vaccinations rates are low, we are seeing large surges of Delta
variant, which is a more contagious, and more deadly variant than the
variants came before it.
Many young people don’t feel that they need the vaccine because they
don’t think they will get very sick from COVID-19. Recent new study
showed that you are twice as likely to get hospitalized with the new variant.
And we are seeing younger and younger people who are severely sick.
I think I can say this on behalf of all of the providers and nurses who
take care of people in the hospital and the Emergency Room: we are exhausted,
the hospitals are full and overwhelmed, but more importantly, we are scared
for the patients whom we might lose over a preventable disease.
In the past 2 weekends, I have been the on-call provider for the hospital.
We had many young individuals admitted for severe COVID-19 pneumonia,
some we had to transfer to other larger hospitals. Some we were not able
to transfer because all the hospitals are full currently in Washington State.
Hesitation Statement: “People are still getting COVID after being
fully vaccinated, so what the point?”
It is possible to get COVID-19 even after you have gotten vaccinated, but
remember our goal is to get back to normal. Normal being no more restrictions
and no more masks. Although there are rare breakthroughs in the community,
it is not as severe when the vaccine is involved. Getting fully vaccinated
lowers the likelihood a new variant of the virus emerging.
Hesitation Statement: “I’m pregnant or trying to get pregnant
and this is going to affect my baby.”
If you are currently pregnant or trying to get pregnant, we still think
that is safe and important to get the vaccine.
The CDC analyzed data from thousands of pregnant people who received mRNA
vaccines, and found no increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy.
Over 150,000 pregnant patients have reported to have gotten the vaccines,
no safety concerns for pregnant people or their babies have been found.
On the other hand, doctors all of over the country are seeing more and
more pregnant people with COVID-19 infection, and they are getting sicker
and sicker with the new variant. Many are fighting for their lives and
their babies’ lives in the ICU as we speak.
We encourage all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming
pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves
We hope that we were able to answer some of your questions about the COVID-19
Vaccine. If you haven’t done so, and want to receive the COVID-19
Vaccine, give us a call and schedule an appointment with us today!