Updated January 27, 2021 at 3:30PM
Below are a number of commonly asked questions and answers regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
If I have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at OrthoNebraska how will I know when I will get the second dose?
You will receive a sign-up email approximately one week prior to needing your second dose. Second doses will be given on Fridays from 7-3, and you can sign up for a time that is convenient for you. If you did not receive your sign-up link within your 28 day window please contact Cathy Ertzner. (Catherine.Ertzner@OrthoNebraska.com)
If I have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at OrthoNebraska and leave OrthoNebraska how will I get the second dose?
OrthoNebraska will offer the second dose of the vaccine to all who have received the first at our facility. You would need to contact Cathy Ertzner in Employee Health. Once we have completed our clinics, we will have to schedule 10 people for vaccination sessions at one time, because each vial holds 10 shots and must be used 6 hours once opened.
Are we going to be giving a new booster for the COVID-19 variant?
Nebraska Public Health Lab is routinely checking for the COVID variants in our state. They have not detected the UK variant in Nebraska at this point. At a state meeting this week, it was noted that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine does still cover all known variants including the UK, Brazil and South African variants. Moderna experts said that the vaccine is not quite as effective for the South African but still meets criteria effectively. To increase efficacy against the new variant, Moderna, has developed an effective booster that is in Phase 1 testing. However, there is no need to release and use at this point according to CDC.
Can I get COVID-19 after I have received the vaccine?
The first COVID-19 vaccine gives about 50% protection. One month after the second booster we can expect 95% protection. It is therefore probable that you could get COVID after an exposure up to a month after the booster shot. Even then, there is a 5% risk of not developing antibodies and developing illness after exposure. We have seen cases in our own employees who develop COVID-19 infection after their first vaccination.
Do we have to wear masks after we have received our second vaccination?
Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
Can I get another vaccine (i.e. influenza, shingles, tetanus) while I am taking the COVID vaccine?
CDC says it is best to wait 14 days between any vaccinations if possible. Administration of vaccines, within a shorter period may occur, if the benefits of vaccination are deemed to outweigh the potential unknown risks. (e.g. tetanus after a wound)
Will I need proof of vaccination when I travel?
Currently, while traveling in the USA, no proof of vaccination is necessary. On January 12, 2021, CDC announced that all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation.
At this time all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
After you travel out of the country, CDC also recommends some self-quarantining based up your local and state guidelines. We will let you know when these guidelines are released.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
What do I do if I have received the vaccine somewhere other than at OrthoNebraska?
Many of our employees received their vaccine at other sites. Please let Cathy Ertzner (Catherine.Ertzner@OrthoNebraska.com) in Employee Health know so that we can keep an accurate count of employees who are vaccinated.
How can I get my parents or other family members vaccinated?
OrthoNebraska will not be vaccinating family members or the public. The State of Nebraska is releasing a mechanism to register online for vaccinating these people, and Governor Rickets will be discussing this registration process. This registry is to identify people in each county who want to be vaccinated. It gives each county an idea of how much vaccine is needed. You cannot set a date for the vaccine through this site yet– just to register. Once it is your turn to get vaccinated, you will receive an email to set up date and time. If the registrant does not have an email, they will be contacted by phone. Below is a picture of the web site to register: