When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?
- DuPage Medical Group received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine on December 16. The vaccine is currently being administered to healthcare workers in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations on administration
- Our physicians and staff are planning for the safe delivery of the vaccine to patients, once the supply is available to do so. Please check back here regarding vaccine availability and for the most up-to-date information.
- DuPage Medical Group will be adhering to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and local health departments to ensure the vaccines are administered appropriately.
Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- The COVID-19 vaccine will be completely new and therefore the initial supply may be limited. DMG is actively reviewing CDC guidelines to ensure it will be administered in a fair and ethical manner to our patients and those in our local communities.
- In this critical time we are actively working to ensure all our patients will have fair access to a vaccine when available.
How will the COVID-19 vaccine be administered?
- Our patients’ safety is the highest priority, we will be following the recommended guidelines of both state and federal health organizations.
- As the COVID-19 vaccines are being implemented, DMG is actively reviewing how to best administer them and provide access to patients in both a safe and timely manner.
- Patients with an active MyDMGHealth/MyChart account will receive communication through text or email, depending on their preferences.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Mild side effects, such as those listed below, occur commonly and typically resolve within 24 – 48 hours of the vaccination administration. Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Pain or swelling in the arm that received vaccine
These typical side effects can be treated with rest, hydration and Tylenol or ibuprofen. Patients should call their doctor if they feel that their side effects are becoming severe.
Allergic Reactions: Those with a known history of allergic reactions to injectable medications or vaccinations should consult with their primary care provider or an allergist before receiving the vaccine. The CDC recommends that patients who have an allergic reaction to the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should not receive the second dose. If you have questions regarding your vaccine options, please contact your primary care provider or the DMG Allergy, Asthma and Immunology department.
Onsite Safety Monitoring: All patients will be monitored for reactions to the vaccine for 15 minutes. Those with a history of severe allergic reactions will be monitored for up to 30 minutes. If you experience a reaction after leaving your appointment, seek medical attention immediately.
Follow-up Check-ins: Patients who receive the vaccine will be provided instructions on how to report side effects. A MyDMGHealth account will allow you to fill out check-in questionnaires to report any health concerns following your vaccination.
Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women, nursing mothers, those with a history of allergic reactions or those who are immunocompromised?
Women who are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding
Clinical trials did not study this demographic. Recent data has suggested that those who are pregnant could experience more severe reactions to side effects of either vaccine1. Reach out to your medical provider to help you make an informed decision.
Those with a history of severe allergic reactions
Those with a known history of severe or mild immediate allergic reactions, especially to injectable medications or vaccinations, should consult with their allergy and immunologist or primary care provider before receiving the vaccine.
Those with a history of severe allergies unrelated to vaccine ingredients and medical provider approval will be monitored for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine instead of the standard 15 minutes.
Those who are immunocompromised
Due to limited data, it is recommended for those who are immunocompromised to consult with their doctor before receiving the vaccine.
Your medical provider will help inform you about the limited data surrounding vaccine research and those who are immunocompromised. Your provider may have special instructions for you following the vaccine to help ensure your safety.
Who is considered immunocompromised?
- Cancer patients
- Those who have had a bone marrow transplant
- Those who have had a solid organ transplant
- Received stem cells for cancer treatment
- Those with genetic immune deficiencies
- Those with HIV
- Those who chronically use oral or intravenous corticosteroids or immunosuppressants
If I have had COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, should I get the vaccine?
- It is highly encouraged that those who have had COVID-19 receive the vaccination series to help avoid reinfection. The length of natural immunity ranges depending on the person. The vaccination series will help extend your immunity and lessen your risk of COVID-19 diagnosis and severity.
- For the safety of others, those who currently have COVID-19 should wait the recommended 14 days of isolation before considering a vaccine.
- Recent evidence has suggested a lower probability of reinfection within 90 days of COVID-19 infection. As a result, those with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis may choose to delay their vaccination series.
How long does the vaccine provide protection? What we know so far…
The COVID-19 vaccine’s length of immunity is still being determined due to limited data. It is recommended that those with COVID-19 antibodies from previous illness still receive the vaccination series since it is still unknown how long natural immunity lasts.
Does the vaccine protect me from alternate strains?
While data is limited, researchers believe that the COVID-19 vaccines will cover the alternate strains of the virus that have appeared around the world. Early findings suggest that COVID-19 mutations are showing consistent results as those already covered by the existing vaccine1. Additional research will help scientists adjust the vaccine as necessary in the future.
What is the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 Vaccine is provided at no cost by the federal government. DuPage Medical Group will bill your current insurance for the administration of the vaccine. Please check with your health plan by calling the number on the back of your insurance card for any questions prior to your appointment. If you are uninsured, the administration of your vaccine may be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.