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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Updated 1/12/2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

We know you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and as your trusted medical partner, we want to answer a few of the most common questions.

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COVID-19 vaccine update

We know you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and as your trusted medical partner, we want to answer a few of the most common questions.

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COVID-19 vaccine: Frequently asked questions

Baylor Scott & White Health and the COVID-19 vaccine

While Baylor Scott & White will be providing COVID-19 vaccination to patients and members of the community, we are currently working on vaccinating our healthcare workers, those frontline colleagues who have been fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic for more than 10 months. The health of our team members is critical to our ability to continue delivering safe care in the communities we serve.

Immediately after our healthcare workers are vaccinated, we will begin immunizing patients and community members in phase 1b—those 65 and older and over 16 with certain medical conditions; however, the timing will be dependent on vaccine supply.

The Texas Department of State Health Services determines allocations, and we are working closely with state leaders to secure more allocation so that we can vaccinate our remaining healthcare workers and begin the process of immunizing patients and community members. Additional phases will be determined by the Texas Department of State Health Services based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Distribution and availability will be coordinated by our vaccination taskforce in accordance with federal and state guidelines. The CDC has determined the groups who will receive the vaccine first, and we will follow these guidelines. The Texas Department of State Health Services will determine allocations and define patient populations by phase: Phase 1a and 1b distributions are intended for healthcare personnel, residents and employees of long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes), people at risk for severe illness (65+, underlying medical condition) and other vulnerable frontline workers (first responders, teachers).

At Baylor Scott & White, we are eager to begin immunizing the public. Right now, we are continuing to immunize our healthcare workers, those healthcare heroes who have been serving on the frontlines fighting this pandemic for more than 10 months. The health of our team members is critical to our ability to continue delivering safe care in the communities we serve.

Immediately after our healthcare workers are vaccinated, we will begin immunizing patients and community members in phase 1b—those 65 and older and over 16 with certain medical conditions; however, the timing will be dependent on vaccine supply.

At this time, we are receiving an allocation of both the Modern and Pfizer vaccines which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At Baylor Scott & White, we are eager to begin immunizing the public. Right now, we are continuing to immunize our healthcare workers, those healthcare heroes who have been serving on the frontlines fighting this pandemic for more than 10 months. The health of our team members is critical to our ability to continue delivering safe care in the communities we serve.

Immediately after our healthcare workers are vaccinated, we will begin immunizing patients and community members in phase 1b—those 65 and older and over 16 with certain medical conditions; however, the timing will be dependent on vaccine supply.

The Texas Department of State Health Services determines allocations, and we are working closely with state leaders to secure more allocation so that we can vaccinate our remaining healthcare workers and begin the process of immunizing patients and community members.

This dedicated webpage is the best source of information for you to learn more about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to the public. You can also sign up for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

We also encourage you to download the MyBSWHealth app, which will be the main channel for Texans to get scheduled for the vaccine.

Baylor Scott & White will not be maintaining waitlists for the vaccine. We will be vaccinating eligible patients in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Our dedicated webpage is the best source of information for you to learn more about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to the public.

This dedicated webpage is the best source of information for you to learn more about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to the public. You can also sign up for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

We also encourage you to download the MyBSWHealth app, which will be the main channel for Texans to get scheduled for the vaccine.

Yes, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important steps to protect yourself and our community.

The community can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands often and practicing physical distancing.

Once we have vaccinated all of our frontline caregivers and healthcare workers and then receive an additional supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, we will work as quickly as possible to make the vaccine available to priority patients and community members.

We are eager to begin immunizing the public. Right now, we are continuing to immunize our healthcare workers, as the health of our team members is critical to our ability to continue delivering safe care in the communities we serve. In most cases, we are distributing the doses we receive within hours of securing the shipment.

Immediately after our healthcare workers are vaccinated, we will begin immunizing priority patients and community members. This dedicated webpage is the best source of information for learning about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to our patients and community members.

This is an ongoing process and the number of employees who have been vaccinated changes continuously. Baylor Scott & White applied for enough vaccine doses to immunize all of our healthcare workers who elect to receive the vaccine.

The Texas Department of State Health Services determines allocations. This webpage is the best source of information for learning about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to our patients and community members. We also encourage you to download the MyBSWHealth app, which will be the main channel for Texans to get scheduled for the vaccine.

About the COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important steps to protect yourself and our community.

Approving safe vaccines and making sure they work is up to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Advisory Committee and other groups look at available information about a vaccine and make informed decisions about the risks and benefits of using it. We also have an internal team of experts who review available data before we recommend it.

The Food and Drug Administration and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices review the safety data for vaccines. We also have an internal team of experts who review available data. We will have more details and data to share as specific vaccine information is published.

Side effects that have been reported with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine include:

  • Injection site pain
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Injection site swelling
  • Injection site redness
  • Nausea
  • Feeling unwell
  • Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)

There is a remote chance the COVID-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, swelling of your face and throat, a fast heartbeat, a bad rash all over your body, dizziness and weakness. Read more here.

For information on adverse reactions, please review the FDA fact sheets for the Moderna vaccine and/or the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, pregnant and breastfeeding women are not excluded from receiving the vaccine, but they should consult their physician prior to being vaccinated.

In an emergency, like a pandemic, and following a thorough review, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) can make a determination to release a vaccine, product or medication to diagnose, treat or prevent a serious condition, like COVID-19, when there are no other available alternatives.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

COVID-19 vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

Yes. If you received the first dose of the vaccine from one manufacturer (Pfizer or Moderna), you must receive the second dose from the same manufacturer.

Yes. At this time, there is not enough information to know if those who are vaccinated can still carry and transmit COVID-19 to others.

Patient groups and the COVID-19 vaccine

Yes. People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 mayo still benefit from getting vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19, and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. However, if you have active symptoms of COVID-19, it is not recommended you get the vaccine until you are no longer symptomatic. In addition, if you have received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies as part of a positive COVID-19 treatment, it is recommended you wait 90 days to receive the vaccine.

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older, and the Moderna vaccine in individuals 18 years of age and older.

At Baylor Scott & White, we are eager to begin immunizing the public. Right now, we are continuing to immunize our healthcare workers, those healthcare heroes who have been serving on the frontlines fighting this pandemic for more than 10 months. The health of our team members is critical to our ability to continue delivering safe care in the communities we serve.

Immediately after our healthcare workers are vaccinated, we will begin immunizing patients and community members in phase 1b—those 65 and older and over 16 with certain medical conditions; however, the timing will be dependent on vaccine supply.

The Texas Department of State Health Services determines allocations, and we are working closely with state leaders to secure more allocation so that we can vaccinate our remaining healthcare workers and begin the process of immunizing patients and community members.

This dedicated webpage is the best source of information for you to learn more about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to the public. You can also sign up for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

We also encourage you to download the MyBSWHealth app, which will be the main channel for Texans to get scheduled for the vaccine.

At Baylor Scott & White, we are eager to begin immunizing the public. Right now, we are continuing to immunize our healthcare workers, those healthcare heroes who have been serving on the frontlines fighting this pandemic for more than 10 months. The health of our team members is critical to our ability to continue delivering safe care in the communities we serve.

Immediately after our healthcare workers are vaccinated, we will begin immunizing patients and community members in phase 1b—those 65 and older and over 16 with certain medical conditions; however, the timing will be dependent on vaccine supply.

The Texas Department of State Health Services determines allocations, and we are working closely with state leaders to secure more allocation so that we can vaccinate our remaining healthcare workers and begin the process of immunizing patients and community members.

This dedicated webpage is the best source of information for you to learn more about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to the public. You can also sign up for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

We also encourage you to download the MyBSWHealth app, which will be the main channel for Texans to get scheduled for the vaccine.

Distribution and availability will be coordinated by the taskforce and determined in accordance with federal and state recommendations. As the CDC designates which populations are authorized to get vaccinated, a process for patients will be published.

Yes, however, if you have had severe reactions in the past to IV medications or vaccines, you will need to be observed for 30 minutes post-vaccination. The second dose is not recommended if you have a severe anaphylaxis reaction to the first dose.

We are eager to begin immunizing the public. Right now, we are still in the process of vaccinating our frontline caregivers and healthcare workers. This webpage is the best source of information for learning about when we will be prepared to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients and community members.

Baylor Scott & White applied for enough vaccine doses to immunize all of our healthcare workers who elect to receive the vaccine. We are not offering priority vaccinations to healthcare workers outside of our organization.

Once we have vaccinated all of our healthcare workers and receive an adequate supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, we will work as quickly as possible to make the vaccine available to the public (including others working in healthcare).

The vaccine will be distributed in accordance with state and federal guidelines through our clinics with convenient scheduling through our myBSWHealth app for smart devices.

Once we receive additional supply and have vaccinated all of our frontline caregivers and healthcare workers, we will work to make the vaccine available to priority patients and community members as quickly and conveniently as possible.

While Baylor Scott & White Health will follow the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan outlined by the state of Texas, we encourage you to review your state’s local distribution plan to understand when the vaccine will be made available to you.

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