Does Saint Anthony Hospital offer the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Yes. We are following CDC guidelines with a phased approach that focuses on individuals in Tier 1b.Tier 1b includes those 65+ in age as well as frontline essential workers. We will be contacting patients directly when it’s time to schedule their appointment.
As we continue to roll out our vaccination program, we hope to expand vaccinations to our communities based on supply and the phased guidelines.We will keep you updated on our website as new details become available.
We are currently administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The vaccine is administered via injection. After the allotted time (three weeks), you will need to return a receive a second dose. The second dose is the same vaccine, Pfizer/BioNTech.
The majority of people have not had serious problems after receiving the vaccine. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have reported side effects that are short-lived (1-2 days). The most commonly reported side effects have included pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. Side effects are more common after the second dose than the first dose. Individuals 65+ have reported to have less serious side effects in comparison to younger people.
Following CDC guidelines, we will monitor vaccine recipients for at least 15 minutes, allowing for quick responses to any severe reaction. We're prepared to respond quickly and appropriately should anyone experience an allergic reaction.
After receiving the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?
No. Wearing masks will continue to be important even after receiving the vaccine. While the vaccines have proven to be effective in preventing COVID-19, the CDC and our public health experts continue to advise that even if you have been vaccinated, people should wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.
Government funds will be used to give the vaccine at no cost to the public. Evaluation, exam or administrative fees may be subject to insurance, but there will be no out-of-pocket costs to the patient.