COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
The following FAQs are informed by CDC guidelines
We understand that this is a stressful time for everyone and that many people may have questions about the new COVID vaccine. We hope this information is helpful to you—and we strongly encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider to ask any specific questions and to get the vaccine when it becomes available to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?
Two companies, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH, have been working on developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech has been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA and vaccine doses have begun to be distributed to states the week of December 14, 2020. Moderna-NIH is expected to be granted EUA within the coming weeks. Additional companies have vaccines still in the development stage. More information to come.
How is the vaccine distribution being decided?
The CDC is managing the distribution of the vaccine to each state’s Department of Public Health. Vaccine distribution plans and prioritization vary by state. We are closely monitoring each of our service area’s distribution plans.
When will I be eligible to get the vaccine?
Current vaccine supply is very limited and being prioritized to hospital’s frontline workers and those otherwise most at-risk. As more vaccine doses are available, local health departments, retail pharmacies, and other providers will make announcements about availability and eligibility. Timelines for 2021 distribution are still under development. Honor will continue to help monitor this closely and provide updates on the eligibility of home care providers as we learn more. We strongly encourage you to monitor your local health departments, healthcare provider, and pharmacists website and communications for updates.
How is the vaccine administered?
The primary COVID-19 vaccines under development will be administered by shots, similar to the way a flu shot is given.
How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need?
Both of the first two vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna/NIH) require two doses three to four weeks apart. It is important to follow the guidance of your health care provider and take both doses within the required timeframe to increase the effectiveness. You must also receive the same type of vaccine for both doses.
Do the COVID-19 vaccines have any side effects?
To gain approval the vaccines have cleared rigorous safety reviews, but there may nonetheless still be some expected side effects. Scroll to the end of the page for a link to the CDC information. If you have any concerns contact your healthcare provider.
I have had COVID-19 already, do I still need to get the vaccine?
Yes. CDC recommends people who have had COVID-19 still get the vaccination because there is a chance you can catch it more than once. There is still not enough information on how long immunity lasts after you have had COVID-19.
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine can I stop wearing my mask and taking coronavirus precautions?
No, you must continue to wear a mask and take precautions. According to the CDC, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing (6 ft apart) will continue to be critical in preventing transmission. This will help reduce the chances of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others until a larger percentage of the population is vaccinated and we know more about the level and duration of protection provided by vaccines. Honor continues to require Care Pros to wear a new mask to every visit, which Honor supplies to the client home, even if the Care Pro and the client are fully vaccinated.
How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The U.S. government has said it will cover the cost of vaccines for all Americans. However, vaccination providers may charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccination?
Based on clinical trials and studies shared both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH vaccine is ~95% effective at building an immune response that protects the vaccinated person from becoming sick with COVID-19 after 2 doses. It can take up to 2 weeks following the second dose to be considered fully vaccinated. We will continue to learn much more as the vaccine is administered to more people.
Any health or scientific information on this page is based on publicly available guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This information does not constitute medical advice. Honor is not a medical provider and any individual health questions should be directed to your healthcare provider.