Friday, December 18, 2020

A Message from Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc. (our doctors)

What to expect from the COVID-19 vaccine

The end of 2020 also brings a glimmer of hope that we will soon be out from underneath the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists around the world have prioritized creating a vaccine and the good news is that it is ready for distribution. But with this announcement comes many questions: Is the vaccine safe? Who gets it first? What do I need to know about this vaccine?

The physicians at COPC have received the following information from the Ohio Department of Health that we would like to share with you.

Who will be vaccinated first?
The goal is to get everyone who wants to be vaccinated, vaccinated. Initially, there will be a limited number of vaccines available and these will be distributed to front line workers, residents & staff at nursing facilities, residents & staff of Ohio's veterans homes, and EMS responders.

At this time we do not know specifically when vaccines will be available to be administered in our practices for our patients. We are currently working at the direction of the Ohio Department of Health and the federal government and will post more information on our website and via patient emails as it becomes available over the next few months.

Is the vaccine safe?
The FDA, as well as independent medical experts, has ensured that every detail of these vaccines has been thoroughly and rigorously evaluated. Additionally, the vaccine has been shown to decrease the severity of illness in people who catch this virus.

What else do I need to know?
Side effects are minimal. The most common side effects include fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain, and should not prevent you from getting a vaccine that can prevent you from catching or spreading this deadly virus.

Continuing to wear masks and social distance will reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures coupled with the vaccine will provide the best protection from COVID-19.

We have two clear goals: To save lives and slow the spread of the virus. We are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and will continue to do so in the new year.

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