As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, newly developed vaccines show promise as new safety tools in the fight against the pandemic.
With vaccines receiving authorization for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, vaccinations among healthcare workers are already taking place across the country and here in Polk County, and we are hopeful that early in 2021, we will receive enough vaccine doses to administer to high-risk members of our community and then the general public. Please refer to this website and our Facebook page for further, up-to-the-minute information about public vaccinations.
We understand you have questions about the vaccines, and Lakeland Regional Health wants to provide you with as many answers as possible.
In addition to Frequently Asked Questions below, we’ve also made available Fact Sheets provided by Moderna and Pfizer, manufacturers of the vaccines.
We will continue to update these Frequently Asked Questions as more information becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
- The Moderna vaccine is for those 18 years and older.
The Moderna vaccine should not be given to anyone who has experienced severe allergic reaction to any of the vaccine’s components. The Moderna vaccine includes the following ingredients:
- a total lipid content of 1.93 mg (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC])
- 0.31 mg tromethamine, 1.18 mg tromethamine hydrochloride
- 0.043 mg acetic acid
- 0.12 mg sodium acetate
- 43.5 mg sucrose.
- Tell your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have any allergies
- have a fever
- have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
- are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- are breastfeeding
- have received another COVID-19 vaccine
- Individuals who had a severe adverse reaction to the first dose should not receive the second dose
- Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
- General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Have received other vaccinations within two (2) weeks of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine.
- Have received monoclonal antibody or plasma therapy within the previous 90 days.
- Have a history of anaphylaxis, urticaria, or other significant adverse reaction requiring medical intervention after receipt of a vaccine.
- Are allergic to any ingredients in the vaccine.
- The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose.
- Ask the vaccination provider.
- Visit CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- Visit FDA at https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcmlegal- regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization.
- Contact your local or state public health departments.
Helpful Fact Sheets for You
- Moderna Recipient Expectations Information & Fact Sheet for Caregivers/Recipients
- Moderna Fact Sheet for Caregivers/Recipients – Spanish
- Pfizer Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
Unsure About Receiving the Vaccine?
Our clinicians speak with The Ledger to answer commonly asked questions.