Dr. William Nettleton gives an overview of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and discusses common questions about the vaccine.
We know that getting a vaccine for COVID-19 can be intimidating. What questions do you have? Please explore the FAQ below or watch this video with Calhoun County Medical Director Dr. William Nettleton about commonly asked questions.
Also check out frequently asked questions from the MDHHS
Does the vaccine come in nasal spray?
If I still test positive for COVID should I get vaccine?
A person must be out of isolation and recovered from COVID-19 prior to receiving COVID-19 vaccination. A person may consider delaying vaccine for 90 days after being recovered from COVID-19, though a person may receive it during the time frame. Getting the vaccine before the 90 days will not hurt you, it is just using a dose that could be used by someone else that may have some protection.
What are the contraindications?
If you have history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any ingredients to the vaccine. Talk to your doctor or public health nurse about what those could be.
Is it preservative free?
Is the vaccine really going to make you sick both times and for how long?
Side effects are more common in younger people, will last a day or two and more common after the second dose.
How long will the vaccine last?
We do not know the answer to this question at this time.
Will we need to be vaccinated annually?
We do not know that answer to this question at this time.
Is it more beneficial for someone with underlying conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure to receive the vaccine?
Yes, it is more beneficial for someone with these underlying conditions to get vaccinated because we know that those with these conditions suffer at a higher rate of complications for COVID-19.
Will spouses and children be able to get the vaccine at the same time?
No, unless they are in the priority groups. Because there is only a limited supply of vaccine AT THIS TIME, individuals at highest risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection are being prioritized. These include our frontline first responders and healthcare workers to ensure they are able to provide services with healthy staff and the elderly living in long-term care facilities. This CDC website explains the rationale for the prioritization: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/covid-19/clinical-considerations.html
As the vaccine supply continues to grow, it will be offered to the general public.
For people who will be helping to take care of the baby, would you recommend they get the vaccine (similar thought process as tDap)?
Once the vaccine is available to all community members, yes, every family member taking care of children should get vaccinated. Since the vaccine is only available for those age 16 and over, the more that get vaccinated, the more protection will be provided via herd immunity to our younger citizens!
If all staff receive the vaccine at same time, will this disrupt client services due to possibility of staff calling in sick around the same time? If all staff receive the vaccine at same time, will this disrupt client services due to possibility of staff calling in sick around the same time?
CCPHD and other organizations are encouraging vaccination in waves to help prevent this. The likelihood that all CCPHD/organization staff will have a severe reaction that causes them to remain off of work is very low. Severe reactions are rare.