COVID-Vaccine2021-04-06T11:00:53-07:00

FOR PATIENTS

COVID-19 Vaccine

If you are a patient at Desert Ridge Family Physicians, and have already received a COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere, please fill out this form so we can update your medical record.  COVID-19 Vaccine Form

Desert Ridge Family Physicians is committed to continuing to provide superior care to you and your family throughout the pandemic.  Your well-being and safety, as well as that of our entire community, is our highest priority.

As the COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, you may have questions.  This page is intended to share the information that we have.  As we are in the midst of the largest and fastest vaccination effort in history, information changes almost daily.  We will work to keep you updated with the most up to date information as it is provided to us.

Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out

At this time, there are three vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use (EUA) by the FDA:

  • Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine: 2 dose series
  • Moderna’s mRNA vaccine: 2 dose series
  • J & J’s viral vector vaccine: 1 dose

Currently, vaccines are being distributed by the federal government to the state and then from the state to the counties.  Each county has outlined their specific phased approach which is outlined on their respective websites.    https://www.maricopa.gov/5641/COVID-19-Vaccine

Maricopa County, in alignment with the State of Arizona, has opened vaccine eligibility to all persons 16 and older.  Those ages 16 and 17 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine.  Those 18 and older may receive either the Moderna or the J & J vaccine.

When will you be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at DRFP?

In February, DRFP administered over 1300 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to our patients 65 and older.  We administered 2nd doses to these patients in March.

We have applied to Maricopa County for additional vaccine allocation. As soon as we are approved and notified as to how much we will receive, we will notify our patients through email and text, with instructions on how to schedule with us. We anticipate this being in mid April.

Alternatively, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you may schedule your appointment through either the state of Arizona (AZDHS) https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or through  Maricopa County  https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations

Of NOTE:  The eligibility requirements may differ among the counties and between the counties and the State of Arizona.

Is there a list I can get on to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine for myself or family member?2021-01-13T19:58:27-07:00

No, there is no waiting or priority list at this time.

Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine?2021-03-22T12:14:17-07:00

Desert Ridge Family Physicians recommends all eligible patients get vaccinated against COVID-19,  as the vaccines become available.  While masking and social distancing remain imperative, getting vaccinated will not only protect you from getting sick but also serve to reduce the spread within our community.  Vaccine trials demonstrated the vaccines significantly reduce your risk of getting sick from COVID-19 and almost completely eliminate your risk of being hospitalized with or dying from COVID-19.  The more people who receive the vaccine, the more lives will be saved and the closer we are to ending this pandemic.

Which of the vaccine options is best?2021-03-22T12:23:09-07:00

The best vaccine is the one you are able to get.   The three available vaccines are equally effective at nearly eliminating your risk of being hospitalized or dying from infection with COVID-19.  All three vaccines significantly reduce your risk of getting sick from COVID-19 and reduce the virus’ ability to be transmitted.

Who should NOT get a COVID-19 Vaccine?2021-01-13T19:26:10-07:00

Persons with a history of severe allergic reaction to mRNA vaccines or a component of mRNA vaccines including polysorbate and polyethyline glycol should not get an mRNA vaccine.  Those with a history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectibles or other vaccines should discuss the vaccination with their doctor.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?2021-03-22T12:19:53-07:00

In the U.S., all vaccines must pass FDA safety standards in order to gain approval for use. This infographic illustrates phases a vaccine must go through before it is approved for use.  https://covid19community.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/CEAL%20Infographics_Vaccine%20Journey_12.1.20.jpg

Data from the large clinical trials demonstrate that the known and potential benefits of these three vaccines outweigh the known and potential harms of becoming infected with COVID 19 .  All three vaccine trials are ongoing and the CDC and FDA continue to monitor and review both safety as well as efficacy data.

What about allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines?2021-03-22T12:20:59-07:00
  • The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reports that the event rate of anaphylaxis after receipt of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is roughly 11 cases per 1 million doses; and 2.5 cases per 1 million doses after receipt of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. During the Janssen trial, one participant developed a non-anaphylactic allergic reaction after receipt of the vaccine which resolved.
  • Currently, the CDC says people with allergies to certain foods, insects, latex and other common allergens can have get any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Those with a history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectables or other vaccines should discuss the vaccination with their doctor.
  • However, any person who had an immediate allergic reaction to their first dose of either vaccine or who have a history of anaphylactic reaction to any of the ingredients of any of the vaccines, should not receive these vaccines.
Are there any side effects to the COVID-19 vaccines?2021-01-20T18:49:39-07:00

Vaccine side effects are expected,  temporary (lasting less than 48 hours) and mild to moderate.

  • Vaccine side effects include injection site soreness and/or swelling, fatigue, headache, body aches, and/or fever.  These symptoms indicate your immune system has recognized the vaccine and has begun to build immunity.
  • Symptoms such as sore throat, congestion, cough, loss of taste/smell or shortness of breath are NOT vaccine related side effects.  If you develop symptoms such as these, please schedule a telehealth visit with your PCP for further evaluation.
Will the side effects impact my daily routines?2021-01-13T19:28:10-07:00

Because of the potential of mild side effects, you may want to receive your vaccine at a time when you can take it easy that day and the day following, if necessary.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines a single dose or series?2021-03-22T12:21:34-07:00
  • Pfizer vaccine is a two dose series, spaced 21 days apart
  • Moderna is a two dose series, spaced 28 days apart
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not interchangeable. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine as your first dose, you must receive the Pfizer vaccine for your second dose
  • Janssen is a single dose vaccine
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I recently tested positive for COVID, or am in quarantine due to exposure to COVID?2021-01-13T19:32:40-07:00

You should wait until the infection has resolved and you have met the criteria to discontinue isolation or quarantine.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma?2021-01-13T19:33:59-07:00

The recommendation is to wait 90 days after receipt of monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other immunizations? (flu shot, Shingrix, etc)2021-01-13T19:36:19-07:00

No, you should maintain an interval of at least 14 days between the COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccines.

Can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine if I am pregnant or nursing?2021-01-13T19:37:51-07:00

Data is limited with regards to persons who are pregnant or nursing at this time, there is no data to suggest any safety issues.

Will an antibody blood test tell me if I am immune or if the vaccine worked?2021-01-13T19:39:47-07:00

No.  Our immune system will produce hundreds of antibodies to both the vaccine as well as the virus if infected.  We do not yet know if the presence of antibodies indicates immunity nor if they do, what amount (titer) is required to be protective.

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I already had COVID?2021-01-13T19:40:38-07:00

Yes.  It is unclear how long persons are protected from re-infection after natural infection.  So far, data suggests that vaccine mediated immunity is more robust than immunity conferred through natural infection.

Does a COVID-19 vaccine cost me anything?2021-01-13T19:43:23-07:00

The vaccine itself is being paid for by the government.  Organizations administering the vaccine will bill a small administrative fee to your insurance company to help cover the costs incurred to staff, store and administer the vaccine.  There is no out of pocket cost to you.

Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance after I have been vaccinated against COVID-19?2021-01-28T11:44:29-07:00

Yes. Although the likelihood is low, it is still possible to become infected with COVID-19 despite vaccination.  Further we do not yet know how much protection the vaccines confer against the variant strains now circulating.  In addition, we do not yet know if COVID-19 vaccination will have any effect on preventing transmission.  It may be possible to pick up the virus and transmit it despite being vaccinated.

Do I need to quarantine if I have close contact to a person with COVID-19, even if I have been vaccinated?2021-02-16T19:06:34-07:00

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 if I develop respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, congestion etc) even though I have been vaccinated?2021-01-28T11:44:08-07:00

Yes.  Although the likelihood is low, it is still possible to become infected with COVID-19 despite vaccination.  Further we do not yet know how much protection the vaccines confer against the variant strains now circulating.