We are thrilled to share the first dose of the Moderna vaccine has been given to over 400 Clark residents and staff. By the end of February, we will complete the administration of the 2nd dose! We are grateful to Walgreens for the excellent coordination they’ve provided at our clinics. The vaccine brings new hope to our community that we will soon be able to resume more normalcy as our residents and staff become protected from COVID-19.
The vaccine works through a messenger RNA system (mRNA). The use of mRNA is not unique in medicine and has been used in many other forms of medicine delivery. While the COVID-19 vaccine is new, this method is not.
mRNA is not a live virus, but is a synthetically created recipe that tells our body to make the antibodies that would kill the virus if we are exposed.
Shortly after vaccination, the body also kills that mRNA. It does not remain in the body once antibodies are starting to be created. It tricks the body into thinking it’s exposed to COVID-19 and therefore creates the proper “armies” to fight it off.
See more details on the Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet.
Additional COVID vaccine resources you may be interested in are located within these links:
What to expect after receiving the COVID vaccine (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/pdfs/321466-A_FS_What_Expect_COVID-19_Vax_Final_12.13.20.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/toolkits/long-term-care/downloads/answering-staff-questions.pdf
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/moderna-faqs.html
The COVID-19 vaccine is especially important for older adults as they are at a greater risk of requiring hospitalization if diagnosed with COVID-19. Certain medical conditions can also increase this risk. Clark’s Medical Director, Dr. James Passinault explains why getting the vaccine is so important and how it works:
We are optimistic about the promise the COVID-19 vaccine brings and are looking forward to a bright 2021 at Clark. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.