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COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Risk vs. Benefit of COVID Vaccine

Risks vs. Benefits of COVID Vaccine

Everything we do in life involves risk. Driving to the grocery store or traveling for vacation poses the risk of harm. The key is that we weigh our risks with the benefit and make our decisions accordingly.

While no vaccine is a 100% guarantee, it is true that the COVID-19 vaccine lowers your RISK of contracting COVID and the RISK of severe outcomes even if you do. Currently, 99% of the individuals in Arkansas who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Is that a RISK worth taking?


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COVID Vaccine and Fertility

Does the COVID Vaccine affect my fertility?

There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from COVID-19 vaccination cause any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. There is also no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of any FDA-authorized vaccine.

Recent reports have shown that people who have received COVID-19 mRNA vaccines during pregnancy—mostly during their third trimester—have passed antibodies to their fetuses, which could help protect them after birth. Like with all vaccines, medical experts are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects and will report findings as they become available.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant at some point, make sure to talk to your doctor about your unique situation and getting the COVID Vaccine.



Long Term Effects of COVID Vaccine

What are the long term effects of the COVID Vaccine

Serious side effects that would cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following COVID-19 vaccination.

Long-term side effects following any vaccination are extremely rare. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that if side effects are going to happen, they generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose.

For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least eight weeks after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected.

Important of masking if Vaccinated

Why should you wear your mask if vaccinated?

Our focus is and always has been on providing safe, quality care to the community. For the protection of our patients, visitors and staff, St. Bernards will continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding universal masking, social distancing and screenings.

Can you get COVID from the Vaccine

Can I get COVID-19 from the Vaccine?

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna) do not contain ANY live viruses. They only use a small piece of the genetic code (mRNA) to show your body what to look for so you can fight it on your own. This mRNA technology is not new and has been studied in many other vaccines including influenza and the zika virus.


Getting Vaccine after having COVID

Why do I need the Vaccine after having COVID?

Scientists are still learning about COVID-19 variants. We don't have definite answers on how much protection virus antibodies can provide as every person may develop different amounts. We do know that as the virus mutates, it becomes less resistant to leftover antibodies from natural infections. As of right now, the COVID vaccine still provides the most protection against the new variants compared to the protection provided from natural infection.

Additionally, new research shows that individuals who had both a natural infection and the vaccine are among the greatest protected against the variants.

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How do I know the Vaccine is Safe

How do I know the COVID vaccine is safe?

More than 165 million people in the United States, including 96% of medical doctors, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These vaccines have been through the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history – no steps were skipped in the process.

Researchers began developing vaccines for COVID-19 in January 2020, based on decades of work on immune responses and vaccine technology. Thousands of volunteers took part in the clinical trials that started that spring to ensure the vaccines are safe and effective.

Most vaccine development and testing take place one step after the other. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccines, the steps taken for development and authorization were done simultaneously, which sped up the process without compromising safety.

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Vaccine protection from variants

Does the COVID Vaccine protect me from variants?

There are currently 4 notable variants in the United States, and studies have shown that the mRNA Vaccines available for COVID-19 are still the most effective way to protect yourself. While the Delta variant brings a higher risk of hospitalization, the vaccines are still showing to be effective at preventing severe outcomes.

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