COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Program for Employers

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How Will I Know When the Vaccine is Available?

States’ vaccine distribution plans are dependent on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Right now, states are hesitant to provide specific dates for each stage of the vaccination process because it is highly dependent on the quantity of vaccine doses that becomes available, and when. Federal officials originally promised access for the general public by summer 2021 but several states have reported delays and decreases in their shipments, and currently, there is no publicly available data on how much will be sent to each state.

Administration of COVID Vaccines to Companies 

HHP is planning to assist employers in the process to register with their states to receive their doses, so that the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered as soon as they become available for mass administration. When that time comes, we can help to coordinate your employees to schedule vaccination appointments through HHP.

HHP can play a critical role in educating employers and supporting the administration of vaccines to your employees. We have years of experience providing immunizations, including the seasonal flu vaccine, as we are committed to helping our communities live healthier lives.

HHP to Facilitate COVID-19 Vaccine When Available

HHP will work with interested employers to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to administer the vaccine in accordance with the federal government and state health departments’ rollout plans.

We will work with the Department of Health as well as the pharmaceutical companies and other businesses to prepare for vaccine authorization. We understand that your goal is to keep your associates healthy by providing a safe environment so we are prepared to play an active role in helping distribute the vaccine in collaboration with public health officials and employers.

HHP is here to do all we can to ensure your interested employees have access as soon as possible. Until then, it is still of utmost importance for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be safe?

Although the development timeline for COVID-19 vaccines has been considerably shortened compared to other vaccine development timelines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has emphasized that the same strict quality, safety and efficacy guidelines are being met.

After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, numerous vaccine safety monitoring systems will be in place to watch for possible side effects. This continued monitoring can pick up on side effects that may not have been seen in clinical trials. If an unexpected adverse event is seen, experts quickly study it further to assess whether it is a true safety concern. Experts then decide whether changes are needed in U.S. vaccine recommendations. This monitoring is critical to help ensure that the benefits continue to outweigh the risks for people who receive vaccines.

Are COVID-19 vaccines undergoing testing in clinical trials?

Yes, at this point, more than 70,000 patients are enrolled in clinical trials of the two leading vaccines. Clinical trials are the primary way researchers determine if a new treatment is safe and effective. The FDA will be utilizing the data from the clinical trials data to determine if these vaccines will be initially authorized for emergency use authorization (EUA).

Have clinical trial participants experienced adverse events or side effects from the vaccine?

In clinical trials, the vaccine has been found to be well-tolerated. Most adverse events were mild or moderate in severity, and short-lived. Noted adverse effects were injection site redness, pain and swelling, fatigue, fever, chills, headache, nausea, muscle pain and joint pain. Side effects have been similar to the flu vaccine. Side effects were more pronounced following the second shot.

Did the clinical trials include participants from different races and ethnicities?

According to the National Institutes of Health, 37% of clinical trial volunteers to date are from racial and ethnic minority populations. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, investigators worked with community engagement partners to enroll a diverse of pool of participants.

What is Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

The FDA can issue a EUA during a public health emergency to allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of medical products to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases. For the FDA to issue a EUA, the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in large (phase III) clinical trials, and certain criteria must be met, including that there are no adequate, approved and available alternatives.

How well does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

Both Pfizer and Moderna have reported in phase 3 clinical trials their vaccines are over 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in study participants.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine necessary?

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Prevention measures such as wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Public health officials and medical experts believe vaccination is an important step in helping to prevent or lessen the effects of this illness.

Is one of the COVID-19 vaccines better than the others?

The FDA will evaluate all vaccines using the same thorough review process regardless of the manufacturer. Both vaccines currently being reviewed by the FDA have been shown to be at least 94% effective.

What are mRNA vaccines?

Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are likely to be some of the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

While there are currently no licensed mRNA vaccines in the United States, researchers have been studying and working with them for decades. Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines. This new technology has enabled a short development timeline for several of the COVID-19 vaccines. As with most new vaccines, the long-term effects are currently unknown.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women? Breastfeeding women?

In early clinical trials for various COVID-19 vaccines, only non-pregnant adults participated. However, clinical trials continue to expand those recruited to participate. Based on data from the expanded clinical trials, groups recommended to receive the vaccines could change in the future. We expect additional recommendations regarding the vaccine in pregnant and breastfeeding women to come from the FDA and CDC around the time the vaccines are authorized. At this point in time, we do not have enough information to answer this question.

Is it safe for children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

In early clinical trials for various COVID-19 vaccines, only non-pregnant adults participated. However, clinical trials continue to expand those recruited to participate. The groups recommended to receive the vaccines could change in the future. Once a vaccine is available, there will be guidance on who should receive it from the vaccine manufacturer. At this point in time we do not have enough information to answer this question.

Are there any long-term side effects from taking the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The long-term side effects of the vaccines are unknown, but research is ongoing. At this point, no long-term safety issues have been detected. As more people get vaccinated and as time passes, additional data will be available. The CDC and medical professionals will be continuously reporting and reviewing vaccine safety and will act on new safety concerns as necessary.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, we cannot yet make a recommendation of whether those who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Websites are recommended resources for COVID-19 vaccine information.