A statement on the COVID-19 Vaccine
By Dr. Martha Rodriguez and MMR Healthcare:
Many patients have called asking when they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Others have expressed concerns about the vaccine and want to know whether it is safe to take or not. This is what I can tell you at this time.
- Currently MMR Healthcare has no information as to who or when anyone will have access to the COVID vaccine. When we know, we will let our patients know.
- Protection from COVID-19 is critically important to prevent serious illness and even death. Thus we all have to do our part. The vaccine is one of the tools we can use for protection, but not the only one.
- Vaccines prepare your immune system to fight the virus in the event that you are exposed.
- The COVID-19 vaccines already available in the US, and others waiting approval, are not live virus vaccines and none can give you COVID-19.
- The goal of the vaccines already approved, or in the process of being approved, is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
- It is my strong recommendation, that unless there is a contraindication, anyone who has access to the vaccine, get it as soon as possible.
- The CDC has stated that a severe allergy to any component of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a contraindication. It also has stated that a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to other vaccines is not a contraindication, but requires precaution.
- With respect to allergic reactions not related to vaccines, the CDC has stated that these are not a contraindication or precaution to vaccination with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
- The CDC requires vaccine providers to have appropriate medical treatment to manage immediate allergic reactions and to observe vaccinated individuals for specified periods of times.
For CDC information see: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/clinical-considerations.html https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/anaphylaxis-management.html
It is my even stronger recommendation that everyone get the flu shot as soon as possible.
During the pandemic, whether you have been vaccinated or not, the other essential tools available to protect ourselves and those around us are
Frequent and thorough washing of hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
AVOIDING CLOSE CONTACT:
Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the COVID-19 virus. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Outside your home: Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
Inside and Outside your home: Avoid social gatherings with anyone not living in your household, even if related. We are in a public health crisis. Until the crisis is over, assume that anyone with whom you come into contact has the virus.
COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WITH A MASK:
In public settings, everyone should wear a mask. At home, you should wear a mask when there are people who do not live in your household.
However, masks should not be worn by children under age 2 or by anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
When wearing a mask, continue to keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is never a substitute for social distancing.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOME WITHOUT A MASK.
If everyone does his or her part, we can and will get out of this crisis together. As with any crisis, the best way to approach it is by letting common sense prevail.
Dr. Dr Martha Rodriguez.