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COVID-19 Delta Variant
You may have heard healthcare leaders across the country warning about the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Their warning was well-reasoned, as Delta has exploded with high transmission rates across most of our nation. Reports from the CDC and other news sources have noted that—by the end of July 2021—Delta was the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases.
It’s true that reports on Delta have shown that it can spread and be transmitted to vaccinated people more easily than the original strain. However, national estimates have shown that there is a much greater risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from Delta if you are unvaccinated.
It remains vital to get your COVID-19 vaccine, if you haven’t already. Whether you catch the original virus or Delta, there is a 99.99% chance that it will not lead to hospitalization or death if you’re vaccinated.
The good news is that practicing safe measures is still effective at reducing the chances of the virus’s spread. This means hand washing, mask-wearing, and social distancing whenever possible—especially when in indoor public spaces.
Want to learn more about the Delta variant? Check out our blog on the topic here.
A select number of Everside health centers have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and to date we have successfully administered the vaccine in ten states. We are continually working to expand our capacity and work with federal and state guidelines to offer vaccines to all Everside members.
Your Everside health center will reach out to you when a vaccine is available and help you set up an appointment. At this time, we encourage all Everside members to get their COVID-19 vaccine at their earliest availability.
Use the CDC’s COVID Vaccine Finder for help in locating and schedule a vaccine appointment near you at www.vaccines.gov.
Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19:
- Johnson & Johnson / Janssen
The CDC recommends getting the first vaccine that is available to you. All three vaccines are safe, effective, and reduce your risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.
Does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine cause blood clots?
Both the CDC and the U.S. FDA recommend use of the J&J vaccine, after a temporary pause. This pause was due to reports of adverse events following the use of the J&J vaccine that suggest an increased risk of a rare event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). Nearly all reports of this serious condition, which involves blood clots with low platelets, have been in adult women younger than 50 years old.
A review of all available data at this time shows that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.
However, women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare but increased risk of this adverse event and that there are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which this risk has not been seen.
Seek medical care right away if you develop any of these symptoms after receiving the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.
No. The vaccines being produced now will not have any COVID-19 virus in them and therefore cannot give you COVID-19. Some people experience side effects after receiving a vaccine (including the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine), but these side effects are not the virus. It is impossible to get the COVID-19 virus from the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines are new, but the technology behind them is not. The family of corona viruses—of which the COVID-19 virus is one type—have been studied and tested for years, including the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. Pharmaceutical companies had already done the foundational research needed to create a COVID-19 vaccine if an outbreak were to occur. These specific COVID-19 vaccines have been safely tested on thousands of volunteers beginning last summer.
Likewise, the FDA has maintained very strict safety guidelines through the testing process. These vaccines are now starting to be offered because scientists and experts worldwide have agreed the benefits of their administration far outweigh any risks.
Common side effects include pain or soreness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, and in rare cases a high fever (102F). Side effects occur because the body is preparing its immune response (antibodies). This happens with all vaccines and is not a sign that you have caught the virus from the vaccine.
Respiratory symptoms are not an anticipated side effect, which means you should notify your provider(s) immediately if they occur. We encourage you to talk to your provider(s) about their clinical experience with the vaccine.
We do not know how long immunity lasts after an infection, but we do know that this immunity is not permanent. You should still get the vaccine even if you’ve already had COVID-19, but you should wait until you are out of the isolation or acute phase of infection (generally 10 days).
Yes. Pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, a conversation with your healthcare provider might help, but is not required for vaccination.
Everside Health Can Help!
Your Everside provider is happy to discuss your questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Reach out to your health center today or use the Everside member app to get in touch with your care team.