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COVID Vaccine FAQs
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a challenging year for all of us. The recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a COVID-19 vaccine shines light and hope on the situation. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. At this time, only a limited amount of vaccine is available with the first vaccines being directed at frontline healthcare workers.
When the vaccine is available to the public, Holy Family Memorial will be there for you with vaccination options to meet your needs. Meanwhile, we know you have a lot of questions about the vaccine. We invite you to review the questions and answers below. We will keep them updated as vaccine information changes.
At this time, HFM does not know when we will receive COVID-19 vaccines. Distribution is being determined by state officials following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities will be the first to receive the vaccine. Dr. Fauci is predicting vaccine will be available to the general public by late March or April 2021.
These individuals are at highest risk for contracting COVID-19. Our frontline healthcare workers are vital to caring for the population at large, and we need ensure they are protected for the health and wellbeing of everyone. Residents of long-term care facilities are at the highest risk of serious complications of COVID-19. These individuals frequently have weakened immune systems due to multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and pulmonary conditions.
The CDC strongly recommends you get vaccinated for COVID-19. It will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Being vaccinated also helps protect the people around you.
No. Like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is highly recommended for your health and safety, but it is not mandatory.
The COVID-19 vaccine that is available to us now requires two doses spaced 21-28 days apart. There may be options for one-dose vaccines in the future.
It is recommended that you get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose from the same source as your first one to ensure you receive the same vaccine. Different healthcare systems and pharmacies may have different vaccines.
As with all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine will cause side effects in some people.
The side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine vary from person to person. A sore arm at the injection site is common. Some people also will experience flu-like symptoms.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines developed for use in the United States use a live virus. However, it takes several weeks for full immunity to develop, so it is possible for you to be infected with COVID-19 just prior to receiving the vaccine or during the time in which you have not yet developed immunity.
It is recommended that you have a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have had COVID-19. We do not know how long you have immunity after you have had COVID-19.
The vaccine is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 16 as more studies need to be conducted before it is recommended for children. If you received a monoclonal antibody therapy, you should wait 90 days before getting the vaccine. Pregnant and breastfeeding women also were not included in the vaccine trials. The CDC will be providing guidance soon.
Yes, the Catholic Church has approved the use of the vaccine.
As noted previously, the vaccine is not yet available for public immunization. However, HFM has received approval to provide vaccinations at the hospital and our Harbor Town, Lakefront and Michigan Avenue Campuses. We will make announcements when the vaccine is available for public distribution.
The cost of the COVID-19 vaccine is subsidized by the federal government. You will be asked for your insurance card because your insurance will be billed for the vaccine administration fee. If your insurance does not cover the administration fee or if you pay privately, you will not receive a bill from HFM for this fee.
HFM will continue to provide updates to vaccine availability and eligibility on this page, the My HFM Record patient portal page of this website (https://www.hfmhealth.org/myhfmrecord/), and the local media.
We do not know how much vaccine we will have or when we will receive it. It is our hope to be able to host vaccination clinics open to everyone, including individuals who are not our patients.
Yes. We are still in the midst of a pandemic. The CDC recommends that everyone continue to mask until at least fall.
In addition to the HFM website, we encourage you to visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Not everyone experiences symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Call your healthcare provider or HFM’s Infectious Disease Hotline if you develop these symptoms within 2-14 days of travelling to an area with widespread Coronavirus (COVID-19) or if you have been in close contact with someone who has it or has travelled to an impacted area.
While you are waiting for test results to come back, the CDC has a booklet about what you should be doing. Next Steps: While you wait for your COVID-19 results
Please call before you go to a clinic for treatment!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treatment
At this time we are awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine and treatments are limited. New treatments include Bamlanivimab and Regeneron therapies.
How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads
Like influenza, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
Self-Isolation Flyer (PDF File)
Should Manitowoc County residents be worried?
- To see the current statistics for Manitowoc County, click here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Tips
You can prevent Coronavirus is much the same way you prevent colds and influenza:
- Avoid close contact with sick people. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when speaking with someone who is showing symptoms.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes you to sing Happy Birthday twice).
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. Directions for cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, light switches and more can be found on the CDC website.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, the CDC now recommends wearing a cloth facemask to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
As we navigate a world where COVID-19 is part of our new normal, it is natural for you to have questions about how this affects your pregnancy. Click Here for information.
Coping with the Pandemic
View our series of videos, Coping with COVID.
Please Donate Fabric Face Masks
We are now accepting donations of fabric face masks. For anyone interested in donating fabric face masks to HFM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals can refer to the following sites for approved patterns and instructions:
3 Ways to Make a DIY Surgical Face Mask
Make a Medical Mask with Ties
How to make a face mask?
Donations can be dropped off at the HFM Medical Center, 2300 Western Avenue, Manitowoc. After masks are completed, place them in a plastic bag and bring them to the HFM Medical Center’s main entrance, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The masks will be sanitized through the hospital’s laundry service before use.
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Learn More About Coronavirus
Printable PDF flyer for employers: FLR_Coronavirus Info_Employers_031620-2
The CDC has the latest information on confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, risk assessments and more.