Vaccines can help you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. The known benefits of the vaccine out weigh the potential risk and you may choose to vaccinate or not, but this is an important step towards ‘herd immunity’ for our communities and getting the world to a post pandemic state of business and activities.
The Power County Hospital District has started receiving some of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for distribution. We will follow the state and federal hierarchy guidelines for giving this vaccine to eligible individuals and are dependent upon the manufacturing supply we are given for a timeline to administer to everyone. We will more communicate vaccine details and distribution information via our Facebook page, this website, and the local papers when it is available for administration to the general public!
We encourage you to visit the CDC website and Idaho Coronavirus pages for more information about the vaccines and the distribution guidelines we will be following.
Please see the following estimated timeframe and hierarchy for the vaccine administration here in Idaho.
Here are some more Vaccine Details:
- The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for individuals 18 years of age and older. The FDA states “mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine is 94.1% effective in preventing severe COVID-19, with no specific safety concerns identified that would preclude issuance of an EUA.”
- If you have had the COVID-19 virus you should wait 90-days to receive the vaccination. This will help allot the vaccine to others in need, since those that have had the illness should have some immunity resistance for up to 90 days.
- Wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing will still need to be practiced by everyone, even if you do receive the vaccine, until a majority of the population is vaccinated.
- The vaccine will be injected into your arm muscle. The vaccine will not give you COVID-19, it does not contain SARS-CoV-2.
- Side effects to watch for after you get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions such as pain, tenderness and swelling of lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, swelling, hardness and redness
- General side effects such as fatique, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, chills, nausea, vomiting and fever
- If you think you are having a severe allergic reaction you may experience: Difficulty breathing, swelling of face and throat, fast heartbeat, a bad rash all over your body, dizziness and weakness. If you think you are having a severe allergic reaction use your epi pen or call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital
- These may not be all of the possible side effects, other unexpected side effects may occur.
- A second dose of the Moderna vaccine is REQUIRED 28 days after the first dose for the greatest efficacy. You cannot mix the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. You will get a reminder card at the time of your first dose.
- Your vaccination information will be entered in to the State of Idaho IRIS vaccine/immunization system.
- Here are some of the things you should mention or discuss with your provider before you get the vaccine to address concerns:
- Have any allergies or allergic reactions to other vaccines.
- Have a fever.
- Have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners.
- Are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects you immune system-consult your health care provider.
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding-consult your healthcare provider.
- Have received another COVID-19 vaccine or other vaccination recently (flu, shingles, hepatitis, etc.)
- You should not get the vaccine if you have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine or had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.