COVID Vaccine Latest Update

Last Updated: April 21, 2021

Lamprey Health Care now offers COVID vaccine on-site! If you are a current patient and have not received your shot yet, please call to schedule your vaccination TODAY.

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Should I get the vaccine?

If you have questions on whether you should get the vaccine, discuss these with your health professional. Here are 8 Things To Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program from the CDC.

Which Vaccines are being administered?

Although we don’t know which vaccines we will receive, there are three vaccines currently approved by the FDA. The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, the Moderna Vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

Where can I get more information?


From

NH Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health Services Vaccine Information FAQ COVID-19
Bureau of Infectious Disease Control -3- January 22, 2021

I have a house in NH but my primary residence is in another state. Can I still receive the vaccine in NH?
At this time, non-New Hampshire residents are not able to be vaccinated at New Hampshire vaccination clinics unless that person is an employee of a business or organization in New Hampshire that is prioritized for vaccination (i.e. healthcare worker, first responder, correctional facility staff, or working in a residential facility for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities). Non-New Hampshire residents should seek vaccination through their own state processes. You should be vaccinated in the state of your primary residence. If you have a driver’s license you should be vaccinated in the state that issued your driver’s license.

How do you register for a second shot?
After you get your first shot, you will get an e-mail and/or text reminder to schedule your second shot. NH has planned and committed to allocating a second shot for everyone who gets their first shot.

What will I need to provide when I register for the vaccine online?
When registering for the vaccine you will be asked for your name, date of birth, home address, e-mail, and telephone number. After registering online you will get an e-mail that will allow you to log in and select your preferred location, date, and time. At this time we do not know how long the delay will be between registering and receiving the confirmation e-mail.

Will proof of anything be required during the registration process?
The individual does not need one of the documents listed below to register, but will need to bring one or more of the documents when they arrive to get their vaccine:

Can children get the vaccine?
Currently, no available vaccine is approved for use in persons under 16 years of age. Children will be likely given the opportunity to get the vaccine in the future. As clinical trials expand, we will know more about the safety of the vaccine in children.

I am pregnant. Can I get the vaccine?
If you are currently pregnant, we ask that you talk about the risks and benefits of the vaccine with your provider. The new COVID-19 vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women, so we don’t have a lot of information on their safety and effectiveness during pregnancy. However, because these COVID-19 vaccines do NOT contain live-virus, and because the viral mRNA particles break down quickly in your body after they’re used to create an immune response, we think the risk of the vaccine to you and your unborn baby is low. We also know that actual infection with COVID-19 while you are pregnant can increase your risk of severe illness that could result in hospitalization, or even death. And COVID-19 might put you at increased risk of bad pregnancy outcomes, like preterm birth. Therefore, we think that even pregnant women would benefit from the vaccine but we ask that you discuss this with your provider who knows you and your baby the best. You can also find more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html.

How will we know if a COVID-19 vaccine is safe?
The process for vaccine trials has not changed. Operation Warp Speed has allowed for trials to progress faster because of federal funding, without compromising safety. The development time is shortened, but all of the usual processes are in place for safety such as large clinical trials, which includes different populations (such as elderly or minority persons), independent review by FDA and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and our own state experts.

I had COVID-19. Should I still be vaccinated?
Yes. Unless you are currently actively infected with COVID-19, you should get the vaccine. Studies have shown that some individuals can get the disease more than once. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Will I be able to stop wearing a mask and social distancing if I get the vaccine?
No. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue to use all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic – cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash hands often, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change the current recommendations. Other factors, such as how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you the disease. For more information visit the CDC website.

I have a compromised immune system. Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
Probably yes, but you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific concerns.

I live with someone whose immune system doesn’t work well. Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
Yes. Because of the way the vaccine is made, it cannot give you the disease and so you cannot infect another person by getting the vaccine.

I understand the vaccine seems to be safe, but what if I get sick from the vaccine?
CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns. Reports to VAERS help CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. Safety is a top priority.

Healthcare providers will be required to report certain adverse events to VAERS. CDC is also using a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will get regular text messages with surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.