It’s no secret that the past year has been overwhelming. So it’s only natural for the rollout of the new COVID-19 vaccine to come with its own set of new questions. As you contemplate getting vaccinated, we wanted to take a moment to review everything we know about the vaccines to date.
Can I get vaccinated through Firefly?
We have put a request in with the state to obtain and administer vaccines. We will, of course, keep our members informed as that evolves, and our service will follow the phases and guidelines outlined by the state (below). In the meantime, there are details here on where you can currently get the vaccine in MA.
What is it?
The two FDA approved vaccines available are from Moderna and Pfizer, which are both mRNA vaccines. Think of mRNA vaccines as instruction manuals for your immune system to create the antibodies needed to fight off COVID-19. The vaccines are given as two injections three to four weeks apart.
How do I know it’s safe?
Both vaccines are FDA approved for emergency use authorization, which means they met the rigorous standards established by the FDA during their clinical trials. Additionally, data has shown that the vaccine’s benefits far outweigh the potential dangers of COVID-19.
Are there side effects?
As with most vaccines, there is always potential for side effects to occur. While there are no known lasting side effects, initially after receiving the vaccine you might experience:
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, you will be closely monitored for at least 30 minutes after getting the vaccine. All other people should be monitored for at least 15 minutes after getting the vaccine.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Studies have shown that getting vaccinated could reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 or experiencing a severe case of COVID-19, which can help prevent hospitalizations and even death.
What if I already had COVID-19?
Since the antibodies your body creates in response to a COVID-19 infection wear off over time, we do recommend getting vaccinated regardless of having had COVID-19 in the past.
Do I need to wear a mask after I get the vaccine?
Yes. Not enough information is currently available for the CDC to stop recommending masks and avoiding close contact with others. It is important to continue doing everything required to keep yourself and others safe during the pandemic (wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands).
Be sure to reach out to your care team with any questions through the Firefly app. Not a member yet? Get started by signing up on our website, or giving us a call at (855) 869-9284.