A reason for hope: The COVID-19 vaccines
The COVID-19 vaccines are the most important tools we have to end the pandemic. The Good Samaritan Society is working to immunize as many staff members and residents as possible.
We’re striving to offer the information and resources you need to make the right decision for your health. That’s why we encourage you to get vaccinated when a dose becomes available for you. These vaccines will help us end visitor restrictions, keep residents and clients safe, and stop the pandemic.
Why should you get the shot? It’s safe, effective and a way to safely see your loved ones without the fear of spreading a virus. Read more.
At the Good Samaritan Society, we’re here for you and are so grateful you’re here. Your health and safety are our top priorities.
Separating myths from facts
There’s a lot of information out there about the COVID-19 vaccines. Make sure you’re getting your information from trustworthy sources. We’re working with health experts to provide you with information you can rely on. Follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date news about COVID-19 and our services.
Dr. Gregory Johnson, chief medical officer for the Good Samaritan Society, debunked some common myths. Read the full article.
Myth: You can get COVID-19 from its vaccine
The vaccines don’t contain a live virus. Instead, the approved vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA is a message to your immune system that helps it recognize and fight a COVID-19 infection. It is impossible to get the COVID-19 virus from the vaccine. Watch the full video to learn more.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccines alter your DNA
These vaccines are made of mRNA, which does not change your DNA. Instead, mRNA is a short-term message. After it delivers its message to your immune system, it dissolves and does not hang around. Watch the full video to learn more.
Myth: The vaccines were rushed and aren’t safe
The vaccines went through a rigorous approval process and showed limited side effects in clinical trials. Hundreds of thousands of people have gotten the vaccines. We know they are safe and effective. Watch the full video to learn more.
Distributing the vaccine to those who need it most
First, vaccines will go to those at a higher risk of complications and infections. This group includes long-term care residents and staff. Through our partnership with CVS and Walgreens, we’re holding vaccination events in our locations. Most of our residents and staff have already had the opportunity to get both doses of the vaccine.
Our independent living and home-based residents will work with their general physicians to get the vaccine when it becomes available. Many states are already vaccinating older adults who fit certain criteria.
Vaccine side effects
These vaccines may cause some mild side effects. This isn’t a bad thing. These reactions show the vaccine is working and your body is building an immune response.
Side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include chills, fatigue, fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting.
At the injection site, you may experience:
These side effects are most common after the second dose of the vaccine and will typically resolve after one or two days.