Are you on the fence about a COVID-19 vaccine?

Posted 3/29/21

You’ve seen events popping up all over the place. Vaccine clinics have been in full swing for a few months now, and supplies keep increasing and more manufacturers have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). As of the posting date of this blog, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are approved for an EUA. As of March 29, 2021, any eligible resident 16 years of age or older can get vaccinated. Simply visit coviderieohio.com and follow the scheduling prompts.

For those on the fence

Firelands Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Scott Campbell, has been following the details of the pandemic every step of the way, especially the vaccine rollout and data. He recently shared some things to consider if you’re on the fence about getting vaccinated:

  • It is being shown throughout the vaccinated areas of the country and globally that fully vaccinated people have almost no chance of becoming significantly ill, hospitalized or dying from COVID-19. Increasing evidence also shows that it is very unlikely that a fully vaccinated person can even transmit the disease to others
  • According to the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) as well as many leaders in the obstetric world, there is absolutely no evidence that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of men or women
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has also issued a statement debunking claims that the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. are a cause of infertility, noting that these theories have been "scientifically disproven"

What if I’m pregnant?

Pregnant women can experience changes to their immune systems that can make them more vulnerable to respiratory viruses. COVID-19 infection in pregnancy can be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization, ICU necessity, maternal death, premature birth, and miscarriage. COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy are deemed safe by multiple institutions, including the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the American College of obstetrics and gynecology.

For a list of other frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ at firelands.com.

Schedule your vaccine

All in all, you’re better off getting the vaccine than risking getting the virus not knowing what your outcome might be. You do not want to get COVID-19. Vaccine clinics are being scheduled around the community. Keep up-to-date on Erie County clinics at coviderieohio.com.