Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Update
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announce that beginning January 11, 2021, local health departments and some hospitals will start vaccinating:
- Anyone 65 years old and older
- Essential workers and first responders
- Teachers and staff in K-12 education, child-care, some frontline state and federal workers, jail and correctional facility workers, shelters
- Appointments are required and must be scheduled prior to arriving for the vaccine
- Check the MDHHS website for availability and scheduling: Michigan.gov/COVID Vaccine
There is a limited supply of the vaccine and the state has decided only to distribute the vaccine to hospitals, health departments and major pharmacies for now. Silver Pine has applied to the state to be able to administer the vaccine in our office and when approved we will update our website and send an email notification to all our patients.
We ask that instead of calling us about the vaccine, you refer to the websites below. These websites have answers to frequently asked questions and information on criteria, requirements and availability to schedule the vaccine.
Beaumont Hospital: www.beaumont.org/covid-vaccine
Henry Ford Hospital: https://www.henryford.com/coronavirus
McLaren Hospital: https://www.mclaren.org/main/coronavirus-vaccine
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COVID-19 Vaccine – Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you have the vaccine? When will you get it?
Silver Pine currently does not have the vaccine. We have applied to the state to be able to received and administer the vaccine in our office however, there is a limited supply and we do not know when we will be approved and delivered the vaccine for our patients. Please check with your local health department or one of the recommended websites listed above for availability of the vaccine.
Which vaccine should I get? Which do you recommend
Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have the same mechanism of action and almost the same efficacy. We recommend you get whichever vaccine you have access to.
Can I get the vaccine if I have allergies?
Yes, but if you have had a severe or anaphylactic reaction to any allergies in the past then you should be monitored longer after receiving the vaccine and have an Epipen with you.
Can I get the vaccine if I want to or if I am pregnant?
Data is very limited, the initial study of women who received the vaccine and then became pregnant have not had any complications with their pregnancy. In a small group of pregnant women that received the vaccine they experienced minor side effects, headache and local reaction. If you choose to get the vaccine, we recommend you wait until your second trimester has started.
Can you receive the vaccine if you are presently breastfeeding?
Yes, in the initial trials breastfeeding mothers and their infants have not encountered any complications.
Doctor, are YOU getting your vaccine?
Yes, all our doctors at Silver Pine Medical Group have received their vaccine and most of our staff have started receiving their vaccines as well.