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Vaccine FAQs

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. Regular updates will
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FAQs About Distribution in Grand Forks

Which groups are currently receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

At Altru, patients will be able to receive the vaccine at any primary care clinic location of their choosing, including at our four clinics in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. To schedule an appointment for vaccination at one of these locations, use MyChart.Altru.org or call the COVID Hotline at 701.780.6358.

If I get my first dose, will there be enough doses for me to receive the second?

At this time, the federal government is sending the second doses out to the same place where first doses were given. The second doses are coming in at the appropriate times in order to complete the two-dose course.

Where can people in East Grand Forks go for their vaccine?

Those who are interested in receiving the vaccine, are encouraged to schedule at MyChart.altru.org or call 701.780.6358 to be scheduled for an appointment.

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Facts About the Vaccine

What safety measures were taken to develop the vaccine?

Click here to see how a new vaccine is developed, approved and manufactured.

What vaccines are available?

  • Pfizer and Moderna - mRNA Vaccine (Two Doses)
  • Janssen - Viral Vecor Vaccine (Single Dose)

For more information on the vaccines, please visit the CDC website.

How do we know the vaccine is safe?

There is a vaccine safety monitoring system (V-SAFE) program in place for all healthcare workers receiving the vaccine. Data regarding side effects is collected in almost real-time from more than 500,000 people who received the vaccine.

How do we know the vaccine is safe because it is ready so quickly?

Although the process is called WARP speed, the scientific process with the study parameters was the same as all other vaccine development. The key difference is the vaccine was manufactured while the study was underway. Read more about operation WARP speed here.

What side effects can I expect?

  • Common side effects
    • On the arm where you got the shot:
      • Pain
      • Swelling
  • Throughout the rest of your body:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Tiredness
    • Headache

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to view a full list of side effects and learn what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

How common is Mycarditis/Pericarditis in someone who has been vaccinated?

Based on data reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), there is a likely association between myocarditis/pericarditis in adolescents and young adults after vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Myocarditis/Pericarditis Statistics:

  • Myocarditis/pericarditis is more common in males, after the second dose, and generally occurred within 7 days (median 4 days) after vaccination.
  • The reported rates of myocarditis/pericarditis are 4.4 cases per one million doses administered after dose 1 and 12.6 cases per one million doses administered after dose 2 (32 cases per one million for males, 4.7 cases per one million for females).

COVID-19 Statistics:

  • 7.7 million cases of COVID-19 disease have been reported in the United States in people ages 12-29.
  • More than 2,700 people ages 12-29 have died due to COVID-19 since April 1.
  • Additionally, there have been 4,018 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) as of June 2, 2021.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have remained stable in adolescents and young adults, but decreased in older individuals. COVID-19 vaccine efficacy is high and will prevent infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination of adolescents clearly outweigh the harms.

How do mRNA vaccines work?

  • mRNA vaccines introduce a messenger RNA into your body, which causes cells to produce a protein that resembles one of the viral proteins. The protein gives the body instructions to build immunity against the virus. This does not change your DNA.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA.
  • Vaccine developers have been working on mRNA vaccine technologies for years.

How do viral vector vaccines work?

  • Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells.
  • For COVID-19 viral vector vaccines, the vector (not the virus that causes COVID-19, but a different, harmless virus) will enter a cell in our body and then use the cell’s machinery to produce a harmless piece of the virus that causes COVID-19. This piece is known as a spike protein and it is only found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Learn more about how the vaccine works on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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