Providence COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

We know that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are the path forward. As your trusted health care provider, Providence is committed to helping distribute the vaccines fairly, equitably and as quickly as possible.

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Deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal decision. To help you and your loved ones make the right decision, here are some informational resources specially curated by health care providers and experts.

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Commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

  • What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to protect you from contracting the virus or to limit the severity of the disease if you contract it. We know from other diseases and their vaccines that we can slow or stop the spread of disease when roughly 60 to 80% of a population gets vaccinated. A vaccine can limit the spread of the disease by helping to protect you and those around you. This shot is our best shot at stopping COVID-19.

  • Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?

    The FDA and CDC determined that the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. today are safe and highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and severe illness caused by COVID-19. The CDC recommends that everyone 12 years and older be vaccinated for COVID-19 to safely and effectively protect against getting or spreading the virus. We carefully review the vaccines and their data prior to providing it to patients and caregivers and will continue to do so as new vaccines become available. We always put safety first.

  • What side effects are people experiencing from the vaccines?

    We know there is a small risk of side effects associated with all vaccines, but the majority of the time side effects are less serious than the diseases themselves. The COVID-19 vaccine is no different. The COVID-19 vaccines available today in the U.S. may cause mild to moderate symptoms for some people. These symptoms can include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache and fever. In very rare instances, a more serious reaction may occur. For more information on what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website.

  • Were the vaccines tested on people of color?

    Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines available today included Asian, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and white participants. The goal of any vaccine trial is to ensure that as much of the general population as possible is represented. Vaccine manufacturers published their participant breakdown (here, here and here).

  • Will the vaccines affect my fertility or cause sterility?

    There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines available today in the U.S. affect or harm fertility in women or cause sterility in men. Women who are pregnant can decide to get a vaccine when they become eligible to receive it. It’s recommended that pregnant women discuss their options with a health care provider, so that they can make decisions that are right for them when they become eligible to receive a vaccine.

  • When I get the vaccine, can I still spread the virus to others?

    We know that vaccines are effective and can reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. For this reason, we’re encouraging everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated. We’re getting closer to ending this pandemic every day and with each person who gets vaccinated.

  • Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have already had COVID and recovered?

    Yes, you should still get the vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19. It is possible, although rare, to contract the virus again and become reinfected with COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection varies from person to person, and experts are still learning how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Studies also show that the vaccine can give a strong boost in immunity to someone who has already recovered from COVID-19. Plus, getting vaccinated is a much safer way to build immunity than getting the virus itself.

    Note: If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma or have a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-A or MIS-C), there are some additional clinical guidelines regarding vaccination. Learn more here and talk with your provider.

  • Does the COVID vaccine cause heart inflammation in adolescents?

    The CDC has received reports of a type of heart inflammation called myocarditis or pericarditis in adolescents and young adults after COVID-19 vaccination. These reports are rare, given the hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered to date. Leading doctors, nurses and public health leaders, including the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for anyone 12 years of age and older, as the known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of these types of heart inflammation. While Providence recommends everyone who can get the vaccine do, including those 12-17 years of age, we know it might not be right for all. Talk with your child’s health care provider to discuss what options are available and right for your family, and the benefits and potential risks of the vaccine. More information about these reports and what to know can be found here.

  • Am I eligible to receive a third shot of the vaccine?

    U.S. health authorities recently authorized and recommended a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk patients. Patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are encouraged to talk with their healthcare provider about their medical condition, whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them and how they can get the third dose. More information, including who specifically is eligible, can be found here.