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At its meeting on December 16, 2021, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup carefully reviewed the data presented at the U.S. C.D.C. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting held the same day concerning the risk of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) and Guillain- Barré Syndrome (GBS) following the receipt of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.

The data presented to ACIP show that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have higher effectiveness and are associated with fewer severe adverse events than the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, receipt of which continues to be associated with an elevated risk of TTS and a substantially higher risk of GBS. The Workgroup concurs with the decision of ACIP to give a preferential recommendation to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for those ages 18 years and older, given their greater effectiveness and stronger safety profile. 

The Workgroup recognizes some individuals have valid medical contraindications to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and others may simply prefer the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. The Workgroup believes vaccine providers should continue to make the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine available to such individuals after they have been educated about the vaccine’s risks, as the benefits of receiving the vaccine outweigh the known risks compared to not receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States need two doses several weeks apart to be effective.

Second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should be administered as close to the recommended period as possible. For Pfizer that is 21 days, and for Moderna that is 28 days. However, the 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. Even if the second dose is late individuals will still get the same benefit once they receive it. You will be contacted by the healthcare provider from which you received your first dose when it’s your turn to get your second dose. Time frame may vary depending on vaccine availability.

Cost will not be a barrier to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If you get your vaccine from a healthcare provider, you will need to consult with them regarding any related fees to your insurance provider.

The vaccine is only for individuals 5 years and older.

Local health departments, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, community clinics, medical providers and pharmacies will be eligible to enroll to receive vaccine from the State

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like wearing masks, washing hands and physical distancing.

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.

While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP

COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal for the vaccine is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the

virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

It will take some time before the vaccine is available to everyone, and while experts learn more about the protection vaccines provide, it’s important to keep using all the tools available to us to help stop the pandemic. This includes wearing masks, washing hands, staying 6 feet apart