COVID-19 Vaccine at Keystone Health:
Keystone Health is authorized to administer the Moderna vaccine. You must be 18 years of age to receive a Moderna vaccine.
Which COVID-19 Vaccine has Keystone Health received?
Keystone Health is using the Moderna vaccine. This vaccine is approved for people who are 18 years of age or older.
Are there side effects of the vaccine?
Fortunately, most people experience only mild side effects such as a sore arm or swelling at the site of the vaccine. Fever, chills, headache and feeling tired can also occur. This is a normal response to the vaccine. Symptoms usually begin about 1-2 days after the vaccine is given and then resolve after a day or two.
Is the vaccine is safe? Why?
Yes, the evidence supports that these vaccines are safe and effective. While it seems like a lot has happened around these mRNA vaccines in the last year, the science of mRNA technology has been studied for over twenty years. The safety of the vaccines has been reviewed by both an independent group of experts called the Data and Safety Monitoring Board and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These safety reviews happen for every type of vaccine introduced, not just the COVID-19 vaccine, and there is a process to continue to monitor the safety of ALL vaccines (including the COVID-19 vaccine) even after they are approved.
Once I get the vaccine, can things go back to normal?
Not yet- unfortunately, a vaccine does not mean that we can stop wearing masks and stop practicing social distancing. For that to happen, we need to establish herd immunity, which means that most of the population is immune to getting COVID-19. We develop immunity either by contracting the virus and recovering or by getting vaccinated . Since contracting the virus can have serious complications, we’d like to vaccinate as many as possible to establish herd immunity. . Until then, even if you have been vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and practice social distancing.
I have more questions, who can I talk to?
We encourage you to speak to your primary care provider to answer any questions about the vaccine and how it relates to your specific health conditions.
Keystone Health’s Statement on Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccine
Keystone Health became aware April 13 that the FDA and CDC are investigating a potential link between the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Covid-19 vaccine and a rare, but serious blood clot. Out of an abundance of caution, the Pennsylvania Department of Health asked its vaccine providers, including Keystone, to immediately cease using this vaccine for at least one week, or until further notice. Keystone is fully complying with the DOH request to discontinue the Janssen vaccine.
What if I am scheduled for a COVID vaccine from Keystone?
Keystone Health has discontinued all use of the Janssen vaccine until further notice. If you are scheduled to receive a vaccine from Keystone, you will be receiving the Moderna vaccine, which has not been linked to any serious side effects.
Should I still receive the vaccine?
Keystone Health still strongly recommends that patients receive the COVID vaccine, when they are eligible, and will be providing only the Moderna vaccine for now.
What if I already received the Janssen vaccine?
Keystone Health has only vaccinated a very small number of patients with the Janssen vaccine, comprising less than 0.1% of those receiving vaccine at Keystone. You can determine if you received the Janssen vaccine by checking the vaccine card that you were given at your appointment. Furthermore, the overall incidence of this blood clot among those receiving the Janssen vaccine is extraordinarily low: only 6 individuals have been identified out of 6.8 million who have received the vaccine. Nevertheless, people who have received the Janssen vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
Declaración de Keystone sobre la vacuna Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
Keystone Health se enteró esta mañana de que la FDA y los CDC están investigando un posible vínculo entre la vacuna Covid-19 de Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) y un coágulo de sangre raro pero grave. Por precaución, el Departamento de Salud de Pensilvania pidió a sus proveedores de vacunas, incluido Keystone, que dejen de usar esta vacuna de inmediato durante al menos una semana o hasta nuevo aviso. Keystone está cumpliendo plenamente con la solicitud del DOH de descontinuar la vacuna Janssen.
¿Qué sucede si tengo programada una vacuna COVID de Keystone?
Keystone Health ha descontinuado todo uso de la vacuna Janssen hasta nuevo aviso. Si está programado para recibir una vacuna de Keystone, recibirá la vacuna Moderna, que no se ha relacionado con ningún efecto secundario grave.
¿Debería recibir la vacuna de todos modos?
Keystone Health todavía recomienda encarecidamente que los pacientes reciban la vacuna COVID, cuando sean elegibles, y por ahora solo proporcionarán la vacuna Moderna.
¿Qué pasa si ya recibí la vacuna Janssen?
Keystone Health solo ha vacunado a un número muy pequeño de pacientes con la vacuna Janssen, que consiste en menos del 0,1% de los que recibieron la vacuna en Keystone. Puede determinar si recibió la vacuna Janssen al verificar la tarjeta de vacuna que le entregaron en su cita. Además, la incidencia general de este coágulo de sangre entre los que recibieron la vacuna Janssen es extraordinariamente baja: solo se han identificado 6 personas de los 6,8 millones que han recibido la vacuna. Sin embargo, las personas que hayan recibido la vacuna Janssen y que presenten dolor de cabeza intenso, dolor abdominal, dolor en las piernas o dificultad para respirar dentro de las tres semanas posteriores a la vacunación deben comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica.