Oakland County nurses to administer first COVID-19 vaccine booster doses this week
The Oakland County Health Division said it will launch its first clinics to administer the booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Southfield, with more clinics throughout the week in other locations.
Government leaders tour Ford Field COVID-19 vaccination site in Detroit
DETROIT – When it opens on Wednesday the Ford Field vaccination clinic will aim to administer 6,000 doses each day. We are on that door step with Ford Field becoming the platform where thousands of doses will be distributed each day. Garlin Gilchrist led area Democratic representatives and Sen. Gary Peters through Ford Field to get their first hand look at the nearly 70 vaccination pods ringing the playing field. “So he said Brenda, sick or dead, sick or dead? The Ford Field vaccine program is scheduled to run for the next eight weeks.
Have people died after getting vaccinated? Can the vaccine help with lingering side effects?
READ: More answers to COVID-19 questions”Can the vaccine help with the lingering side effects of having the virus?”Unfortunately, the answer is no. During that time, there were 518 serious events who received the vaccine who were not long term care facility residents. Of those 518 people, there were 35 deaths -- 16 after the Pfizer vaccine and 19 after the Moderna vaccine. If someone is fully vaccinated, the odds of being infected or asymptomatically spreading the virus is dramatically reduced. MORE: Questions about coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Do fully vaccinated people still have to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure?
People still have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. READ: More answers to COVID-19 questionsSince the vaccines started to roll out, thousands of viewers have sent in questions about the shots specifically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines as it learns more about the new vaccines and new strains. One thing we do know is that the vaccines are preventing people from dying or becoming severely ill with COVID-19 and that definitely makes it worthwhile. MORE: Questions about coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Answering COVID-19 vaccine questions: Will drinking too much water dilute the vaccine? When will the general public be vaccinated?
READ: More answers to COVID-19 questions“Is it OK to drink four or five glasses of water after getting the vaccine, or will it dilute or wash out the vaccine from your body?”No. Drinking water has no impact on the vaccine. What about being around senior coworkers without masks who have all been vaccinated?”Is it safe for seniors to gather at home? AdAdditionally, if everyone is vaccinated, then the chances of someone in the group spreading the virus is also lower. Practically speaking, it’s reasonably safe and one shouldn’t worry about maskless activities like eating if everyone is vaccinated.
Answering COVID-19 vaccine questions: Will I need a booster shot? Can you mix-and-match vaccines?
DETROIT – People still have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. “Can you mix-and-match vaccines?”That viewer said, “My husband’s first vaccine was made by Moderna, his second vaccine was by Pfizer. It is uncertain how he received different vaccines between the first and second shot but that’s less than ideal. Nonetheless, the CDC guidance is that when two different vaccines are inadvertently administered, the person does not require additional doses. Does this mean we might need a booster shot for different variants of the virus down the road?
Can I catch COVID from the vaccine? Should I get it if I have health problems?
DETROIT – As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., several people still have a lot of questions about it. READ: 114 takeaways after Michigan officials discuss COVID variant, recent trends, restaurants reopening“I have health problems, should I be getting the vaccine?”People have asked if health problems such COPD, bronchitis, heart attacks and more would make the vaccine unsafe. Ultimately, health problems are more of a bigger reason to get the vaccine. “What is the protocol for getting the COVID-19 vaccine after a joint replacement?”There’s no special concern after a joint replacement. There is no risk of someone spreading the virus from getting the vaccine.
What if I have side effects from the COVID vaccine? Is it safe to receive if I have a preexisting condition?
DETROIT – As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., several people still have a lot of questions about it. Unless it was a medically-concerning side effect, like anaphylaxis, the side effects are only temporary and when compared to the risk of COVID-19, you should still receive the second dose. “Is it safe to get the vaccine if I...?”Viewers are concerned if it would be unsafe to get the vaccine if they have epilepsy, atrial fibrillation, multiple sclerosis or another conditions. Based on the trials that have been done, there is no specific disease or illness that makes the vaccine unsafe or would be a contraindication to receive it. Although both are MRNA vaccines, there are differences in the genetic sequences used and the coating used to get the MRNA into our cells.
CDC advisory group votes to prioritize essential workers next for COVID vaccine
Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch on December 20, 2020 in Olive Branch, Mississippi. (Photo by Paul Sancya - Pool/Getty Images)DETROIT – Frontline essential workers and people over 75 will be next to receive COVID-19 vaccines, according to a vote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee Sunday. RELATED: CDC green-lights Moderna COVID vaccine, distribution beginsCurrently, Phase 1B includes some workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skill sets such as non-hospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services. As the largest union for America’s essential workers in grocery, meatpacking, and food processing, UFCW applauds the CDC’s advisory committee for prioritizing these brave men and women for access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Protecting our country’s food workers is essential to keeping our communities safe and stopping future outbreaks in these high-exposure workplaces.
CDC green-lights Moderna COVID vaccine, distribution begins
OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI - DECEMBER 20: Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center on December 20, 2020 in Olive Branch, Mississippi. CDC has accepted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for use of the second authorized #COVID19 vaccine. Current recommendations: https://t.co/cYJxH31I3F pic.twitter.com/qOQwyASpSG — CDC (@CDCgov) December 20, 2020The CDC accepted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’(ACIP) recommendation for use of the Moderna vaccine on Sunday, Dec. 20. President, American Medical AssociationThe Moderna vaccine began shipping out Sunday, just days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized it for emergency use. Both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer shot require individuals receive two doses several weeks apart.
FDA advisory panel votes yes on Moderna vaccine -- What’s next?
DETROIT – A second COVID-19 vaccine has won backing from the U.S. expert panel, paving way for final FDA decision on emergency use. The approval comes about a week after Pfizer’s vaccine was endorsed. Moderna benefited by going second and was able to address a lot of the issues up front and have the additional data the experts wanted already prepared. The allergy concern is not going away after there’s been two reactions to Pfizer’s vaccine in Alaska and two in the United Kingdom. This is all happening as the Pfizer Vaccine is being given to health care workers across the country, including Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge.
Canada getting 168K Moderna vaccine doses before year end
FILE - This undated photo provided by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in Oxford, England. Trudeau said deliveries could begin within 48 hours of regulatory approval and health officials said they expect to approve use of the Moderna vaccine soon. Canadians began receiving vaccine shots developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday and Trudeau said Canada expects to receive about 200,000 doses from Pfizer next week. The Moderna vaccine was more than 94% effective overall at preventing COVID-19 illness, and 86% effective in people 65 and older. Trudeau noted the Moderna vaccine does not need some of the extra special handling requirements of the one from Pfizer, including ultra cold freezers.
How you will know when it’s your turn to be vaccinated
DETROIT – As the first vaccinations are being given to frontline health care workers, many are anxious to know when it will be their turn to receive the vaccine. READ: Answering questions about efficacy of COVID-19 vaccineNot surprisingly, many wanted to get this vaccine Tuesday. How will I know when it’s my turn to get the vaccine? Residency is not an issue, just make sure seniors are eligible for the vaccine in the state you’ll be in when the second dose is due and that it will be available. It was not tested along with any other vaccines and the COVID vaccine itself can trigger a day or two of side effects, so it’s best to delay your shingles vaccine a bit if it would conflict with your turn for the COVID vaccine.
Do all COVID patients receive the same treatment as the president? Which vaccine is best?
FDA reviewers noted four cases of Bell’s palsy -- a temporary weakening of muscles in the face -- among those that received the vaccine. It is still unknown if this is related to the vaccine or not and -- as of Dec. 16, 2020 -- a prior history of Bell’s palsy is not a contraindication to the vaccine. READ: Answering questions about efficacy of COVID-19 vaccineThe FDA is monitoring closely for more potential cases of Bell’s palsy as more people get the vaccine. Although both vaccines are MRNA vaccines, there are differences in the genetic sequences used and the coating used to get the MRNA into our cells. READ: Answering questions about COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Michigan“Do all hospitalized patients with COVID-19 receive the same care as the president did when he was hospitalized?”With the exception of one medication, yes.
Beaumont employees receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A group of Beaumont Health Care Heroes received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday afternoon. This virus has claimed too many lives and put incredible strains on health care workers and our health care systems around the world. Beaumont Health Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention Dr. Nick Gilpin was the first person to receive the vaccine at Beaumont Health. Beaumont Health leaders recommended Dr. Gilpin and approximately 15 other health care workers in the 1A high priority group to receive the vaccine first. All other Beaumont health care workers who met the 1A high priority criteria were randomly selected to receive an invitation to get the vaccine.
What concerns do you have about COVID vaccines?
After granting Pfizer’s emergency use authorization request for its coronavirus vaccine, the FDA addressed some of the public’s major concerns regarding the vaccine during a news conference Saturday. We want to know: What concerns or reservations do you have about coronavirus vaccines? Following the Pfizer vaccine’s authorization on Dec. 11, Michigan officials have outlined how the vaccine will be distributed in the state in the coming months. Due to limited quantities of and high demand for a COVID-19 vaccine, states are planning to administer the vaccinations in multiple phases, prioritizing individuals who are at greater risk. Read more: Michigan officials: COVID vaccine to be distributed in 4 phases, prioritize frontline workersRelated news