COVID-19 Vaccine Information

**COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 12TH ARE BOOKED.**

Individuals age 16 years and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Existing Broadlawns patients only, please. 

The phone line to schedule a vaccine appointment will open every Wednesday at 9am for appointments the week following. To schedule your vaccination appointment, please call (515) 282-8935. The phone line message will be updated when appointments are full.

Broadlawns is not maintaining a wait list for vaccinations.  

Broadlawns is working in accordance with federal, state, and county health departments to distribute the vaccine fairly and efficiently. Each of the respective healthcare systems, including Broadlawns, are receiving a limited allocation of vaccinations to distribute to their respective patient bases.  Locally, mass distribution is being coordinated by the Polk County Health Department, Hy-Vee and local pharmacies. 

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Below are answers to commonly asked questions. 

Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet   Moderna EUA Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

How did we develop a vaccine so fast?

With help from government funding, researchers conducted test phases simultaneously (at the same time) as opposed to sequentially (needing government approval for each phase before being able to move on). Under typical vaccine development, a pharmaceutical company can only move from one phase to the next after government reviewers have seen the results of the preceding phase and completed an evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. For the COVID-19 vaccines, instead of passing through the development phases sequentially, early phase vaccine studies could be conducted simultaneously. Companies also started producing vaccines before the completion of the trials so that vaccine could be distributed quickly after approval.

Were any steps skipped in the COVID-19 vaccine development compared to other vaccines?

No. The same phases of study have been completed as any other vaccine on the market.  

Can I get COVID-19 from getting the vaccine? Are you giving me COVID-19 when you give me the vaccine?

No. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines and are NOT made with virus particles nor inactivated virus. This means they are non-infectious. Instead of using dead virus to stimulate your body’s immune response (like other vaccines do), this uses mRNA to stimulate your body’s immune response. 

How much do we know about mRNA vaccines? 

mRNA vaccine technology has existed for decades but there was no incentive to use the technology on a mass scale until this pandemic. 

Why get a vaccine rather than relying on natural infection from getting COVID-19?

The evidence we have shows that immunity through vaccine has a much lower risk of complications than immunity through infection. In addition, there are many cases in which a vaccine provides better immunity than natural infection. 

Can I stop wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?

No. The evidence we have shows that the vaccine is effective at preventing symptomatic disease. We do not yet know if it prevents against asymptomatic disease i.e. infections where the person does not have symptoms. In addition, the vaccine is not 100% effective and there are likely to be those who will choose not to be vaccinated.

How soon after the first injection is the second one required?

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot vaccine, with a second dose needed 3 weeks after the first injection to fully protect against the coronavirus. The Moderna vaccine is also a two-shot vaccine, with a second dose needed 4 weeks after the first injection to fully protect against the coronavirus. 

What are potential side effects of the vaccine?

Reported side effects include fever, aches, fatigue, and headache. In Pfizer’s clinical trial, most people reported feeling side effects after the second dose was injected. Please see the fact sheets linked above for a detailed list of side effects.

How long is the vaccine effective?

This is unknown. 

Is the vaccine mandatory for Broadlawns employees?

No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory for Broadlawns employees at this time.

Should I receive the vaccine if I know or think I may have had COVID-19 previously?

The CDC states that vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of history of symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection.  For those with current infection, vaccination should be delayed until persons have been released from isolation.  Of note, if a person received Bamlanivimab/Regeneron/CCP treatment for COVID-19 disease, vaccination should be delayed for 90 days following treatment.  

Should I receive the vaccine if I am or am planning to become pregnant and/or am nursing?

Currently, there is limited data available on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant or nursing. While studies have not yet been done, based on how mRNA vaccines work, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant. mRNA vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 and therefore cannot give someone COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources