Currently, MRFM does not have the COVID vaccine. We are working to get it as soon as possible. We have applied to the state to be a distribution center for the vaccine, and we are awaiting approval. The order of priority for who receives the vaccine is determined by the State of TN with consideration of CDC guidelines. We will announce when the vaccine is available and ready for distribution. If you have concerns about the safety of the vaccine, please refer to the CDC’s vaccine safety information.
Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
- The CDC recommends that all patients who are able to get the vaccine should receive it unless they have an allergy to polyethylene glycol (commonly found in Miralax or other bowel preps prior to a colonoscopy).
- The vaccine is recommended regardless of a patient’s disease states or past medical history, the only population it has not been studied in is pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should discuss further with their doctor.
- There is NO latex in the vial toppers for the vaccines.
- The vaccines do NOT contain preservatives.
- There is NO concern in patients with egg, food, or environmental (dust, pollen, mold) allergies.
- Patients with allergies to oral medications are NOT at increased risk of severe allergic reaction from the vaccines.
- If you’ve had a severe reaction to prior vaccines or injectable drugs, you can still get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- You may get the vaccine if you are on anticoagulation, but it is recommended you notify your provider and those vaccinating you so they can make sure your blood is not too thin and so they can perform appropriate injection technique.
Should I get the vaccine if I’ve been positive for or received treatment for COVID-19?
Patients currently infected should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and they are out of quarantine. Re-infection within 90 days of infection is rare, so they may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired. If they have received monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma as part of their COVID-19 treatment, it is recommended vaccination be deferred for at least 90 days to avoid interference of the antibody treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses.
What age group is the vaccine approved for?
The vaccines have been approved for:
- Pfizer/BioNTech: 16 years and older
- Moderna: 18 years and older
*Both Pfizer and Moderna have begun testing their vaccines in 12-17 year olds
Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given with other vaccines?
The COVID-19 vaccine series should be given alone, with a minimum of 14 days before or after administration of other vaccines. This is based on the lack of data when mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are given with other vaccines.
What are the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?
The most common side effects are injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Some people have also reported low fever. Side effects are more common after the second dose.
How effective are the vaccines?
- Pfizer: Has 95% efficacy within seven days after the second dose.
- Moderna: Has 94.1% efficacy within 14 days after the second dose.
Is this a live vaccine?
What is the vaccine schedule and what happens if I miss my second dose?
The interval between Moderna doses is 28 days; for the Pfizer vaccine, it’s 21 days. If the second dose is missed, it is recommended to receive the second dose as soon as possible/supply is available.
For additional information about the COVID vaccine, please visit the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/).