So exciting to even have this page for updates!!! There is hope on the horizon. Please check back often as the information about COVID-19 vaccines will be updated as we get more information.
So very excited to report that ALL of the providers and staff have now received our first dose of COVID-19 vaccine!!! (1/6/2021)
1/6/2021: There are now 2 mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 approved by the FDA, Pfizer and Moderna. The Pfizer vaccine is approved from ages 16 and up and data for ages 12 to 15 are still being evaluated. The Moderna vaccine is approved only for persons age d 18 and older. Distribution of vaccines is following the state/federal mandated phase I through III.
12/12/2020 Update While numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths are still rising in our community and across the country, there is now hope in the future with yesterday's FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine for ages 16+. The distribution of vaccines will take some time. First shipments are targeted to front line health workers and senior group living facilities with specifics of vaccine administration still not clear. Beyond this, we do not have any information of vaccine distribution to the general public at this time. But we will update you as soon as we know. Please note that pediatric vaccines for under 16 are NOT yet available--the Pfizer vaccine trials for the pediatric population ages 5-11 are not even scheduled to start until April and data for ages 12-15 will be released soon. Even after an individual is vaccinated, he/she may still need to wear a mask as the virus can still be harbored in the nasopharynx and transferred to others--studies on this are still pending.
Questions about how mRNA vaccines work? Here's a brief video that explains mRNA technology and why it is safe.
Hang in there everybody. We have to be patient but there is hope for a significant positive turn in this pandemic. BUT, until then.....STAY MASKED, STAY DISTANCED, STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. https://www.npr.org/.../fda-authorizes-covid-19-vaccine...