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Does it matter which arm you get the shot? Will COVID vaccines be required at certain jobs?

Answering COVID-19 vaccine questions: Does it matter which arm you get the shot? Will COVID vaccines be required at certain jobs?
Answering COVID-19 vaccine questions: Does it matter which arm you get the shot? Will COVID vaccines be required at certain jobs?

DETROIT – Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Dr. Frank McGeorge has been keeping viewers up-to-date and informed on all fronts. He’s been answering your questions about the vaccine, the vaccination process and more.

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If I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in my left arm does it matter if I get my second dose in my right arm?

It doesn’t matter which arm you receive the second dose in.

Is being vaccinated a requirement for all school employees, even if not working with students?

There is no requirement that anyone gets vaccinated. One big reason is that all of the available vaccines are being administered under an Emergency Use Authorization. However, once they are fully approved there likely will be occupations where it will be required, with some religious and medical exemptions.

If your vitamin D level is very low, would the vaccine have any effect?

There is no data on the effectiveness of the vaccine if you have low vitamin D levels. Regardless of your vitamin D levels you should get vaccinated. There is research indicating that having extra high vitamin D levels, is not helpful at either preventing or treating COVID.

Are there any other pharmaceutical companies developing a vaccine for COVID that’s designed by the way ‘old-fashioned’ vaccines are developed? Not patterned after the mRNA vaccine.

The “old-fashioned” live, attenuated, or inactivated whole virus vaccines that have been developed for COVID are pretty much all in China, parts of the Middle East and South America. There is at least one U.S. company working on an attenuated intranasal vaccine, but it is still in early trial phases.

With the walk-in clinics open how do they know how much of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to unfreeze without wasting it?

This is a problem, especially as the number of people walking in has dropped off in recent weeks. Research from Kaiser Health found that hundreds of thousands of doses have been wasted, most of it by large pharmacy chains. It’s not only a waste of the precious vaccine resource, it’s also a waste of tax dollars since the vaccine has been paid for by the American public.

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