Answering Patient Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines

January 11, 2021

 Dear Patients,

2020 has brought such fear and changes to the way we live our lives. But as 2021 dawns, there is hope – vaccines are on their way.

As you all know, the first vaccines are being given to higher-risk people and healthcare workers. But we look forward to when you all will have access to the vaccine. We do not yet know the place or the timing and we will communicate this when we do.

Some questions have arisen that we wanted to answer at this stage – please see below, and you can find more detail here.

  • Appropriate steps taken – The vaccines were developed was so fast because it was a top priority for everyone in the field and billions of dollars from governments and companies around the world were spent on getting it developed. The scientific world cooperated in ways they had not before. The bureaucratic process was super-fast because of the importance of getting this
  • New technology – mRNA has been used for cancer treatments for upwards of 30 years, but this is the first vaccine using the There are two vaccines made this way (Pfizer and Moderna) and another one (Oxford) that is coming later is made with an older technology (like the effective Ebola vaccine). More information is available here.
  • Effectiveness – In clinical studies, very few people got COVID-19 within 12 days of getting the first dose of the Pfizer This result is similar to the Moderna vaccine, which is the other COVID-19 vaccine now approved for use in Canada.
  • Allergies – People with allergies to any of the ingredients in the vaccine should not receive We will discuss any serious allergies or other health conditions you may have before you receive the vaccine.
  • Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old – None of the vaccine trials included these populations, so at this time the vaccine is not recommended routinely for these groups

 

Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old (continued)

For pregnant or breastfeeding individuals who are at high risk of infection and/or morbidity from COVID-19, the various national societies for obstetricians have stated that “the documented risk of not getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweighs the theorized and undescribed risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding and vaccination should be offered.”

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Our office has remained accessible to you, by phone, by video or in person as it was deemed necessary. We thank you for your understanding as we help you in your health in these different ways.

Thank you all for what you have done to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and your communities safe. Thank you to those frontline workers who have faced fears and yet continued to provide the services that we have needed to function.

We look forward to when the vaccine allows us to return to a life that is more connected. In the meantime –

Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands. AND be calm, be safe, be kind.

 

Warmly,

 

The Physicians and Staff of Lakeshore Medical Group