A big thank you to all our colleagues who have eagerly sought to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. You have become some of the first across the country, even the world, to be vaccinated!
We are proud to report that as of Monday, January 18, 76% colleagues across Mercy Health and St. Joe’s have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As our colleagues have been returning for their second dose, or full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will provide up to 95% protection from COVID19 within a week or so after the second dose.
Although we are challenged by limited supply, clinics are prioritizing vaccinating our returning colleagues to ensure maximum protection. Colleagues are advised to receive their second dose within 21 days for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna of their first shot. If the second dose is delayed, it is still felt to be effective, but should be obtained as early as possible.
In the clinical trials, fewer patients complained of arm pain at the injection site with their second dose, but more people felt fatigue, had muscle achiness and chills with the second dose than with their first dose. Our own experience with Trinity Health Michigan colleagues who have received both doses is about the same. In all cases, symptoms have rapidly improved.
If you have not yet received your initial dose of COVID-19 vaccine, please be patient.
The COVID-19 vaccine, while not mandatory, is in high demand among our communities with very limited supply. We are working diligently with local health departments and the state of Michigan to roll out vaccines in a safe and equitable manner.