The Good Samaritan Society is working quickly to get COVID-19 vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) where they need to go. We understand how vital it is to provide a safe and effective vaccine as soon as possible to our residents and staff. We’re working hard to protect the most vulnerable among those we serve.
Are you hesitant about getting the vaccine? Our message is clear: When it becomes available, you should get vaccinated. Read more about why you should get the shot.
Long-term care residents and staff are among the first in line to get the vaccine. Learn more about available vaccines and our distribution plans below.
A guide to available COVID-19 vaccines
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has received EUA. Vaccines began shipping on Dec. 12. The distribution plan for these vaccines varies by state.
The Moderna vaccine received EUA on Dec. 18 and began shipping shortly thereafter.
Both of these vaccines are a two-shot series, which means you will need two shots to get the full protection. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will be given 21 days apart, and Moderna shots will be given 28 days apart.
There’s a lot of information out there about the COVID-19 vaccines. How can you separate the truth from the fiction? Get the facts.
Dr. Gregory Johnson, chief medical officer for the Good Samaritan Society, debunked common COVID-19 vaccine myths. Watch the videos.
Distributing the vaccine
Vaccines will first be prioritized for those at a higher risk of complications and infections, including long-term care residents and staff. We have already started distributing vaccines to these groups.
We’re partnering with CVS and Walgreens to hold vaccination events at our long-term care and assisted living locations. Some locations may have vaccine providers going room-to-room. Residents will not have to travel to get vaccinated.
Our independent living and home-based residents will work with their general physician to get the vaccine when it becomes available.
Vaccine side effects
These vaccines may cause some mild side effects. This isn’t a bad thing. Side effects show the vaccine is working and your body is building an immune response.
Side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine may include:
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
At the injection site, you may also experience pain, swelling and redness.
These side effects are most common after the second dose of the vaccine and will typically resolve after one or two days.
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