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Alliance Community Healthcare now carries the COVID-19 Vaccine

On December 28th, 2020, Alliance began vaccinating frontline healthcare staff against the coronavirus, starting with Dr. Norma B. Milanes-Roberts (pictured). We invite all of our patients to carefully review current vaccine information to make the informed decision to get vaccinated and join the solution towards controlling this contagion.

To schedule: Please contact 551-220-4880

What we know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Alliance Community Healthcare is currently working under the NJ Coronavirus Vaccine schedule with the Moderna vaccine. This vaccine was authorized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for emergency use to increase COVID-19 prevention on  December 18, 2020. Currently, there are no FDA approved vaccines for the virus.

The Moderna vaccine is an mRNA vaccine currently authorized for adults 18 and older that fall under the Phase 1B qualifications. Moderna claims 94.1% effective in prevention of the coronavirus with the second booster of the vaccine. The vaccine contains: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMGJ, cholesterol, and 1, 2-distearoyl-snglycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPCJ), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate. and sucrose.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

What is Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was made available through Emergency Use Authorization by the United States Food & Drug Administration. It serves the best interest of the nation’s public health in emergency circumstances for the use of new drugs and biological products as in the case of the Moderna vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic. Being under an EUA, the vaccine has not undergone regulatory review with FDA approval. The decision for any EUA drug or product is made with substantial scientific evidence in support of the product and a lack of alternative resources. For the COVID-19 pandemic, the current available vaccine trials have shown effective prevention against the virus with ongoing study benefits that have been considered to outweigh the possible vaccine side effects.

What is an mRNA vaccine?

MRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccines differ from the traditional vaccine which normally triggers the immune response through a small weakened or inactive form of a pathogen (virus or bacteria).

In contrast, the mRNA vaccine instead teaches the immune system what a virus looks like by producing its own harmless version of a spike protein—which is found on the surface of the coronavirus. This triggers the production of antibodies and builds prevention in the event of future exposure. Should a vaccinated individual be exposed to the coronavirus, the immune system will then be better equipped to battling the virus.

Who qualifies for the vaccine?

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in individuals 18 years of age and older. Alliance Community Healthcare is currently abiding by the NJ Vaccine Plan Schedule (Phase 1B): the police force, firefighters and other first responders. Other groups that will be up next to receive the vaccine include: essential workers such as food service employees, public transit workers, educators, daycare staff and those who work in public media services. Those aged 75+ and high-risk adults with severe medical conditions also qualify for the Phase 1B vaccine administration.

See the full schedule here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html

Who should not get the vaccine?

You should NOT get the Moderna vaccine if you had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine or have ever experienced a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.

How is the vaccine given?

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is a series of two doses injected into the muscle one month apart.

You will receive one injection on the day of your appointment, and you will be due for a second booster exactly one month after to complete the vaccine series.

Has the Moderna Vaccine Been Given Before?

The Moderna Vaccine has previously been administered through clinical trials to approximately 15,400 individuals 18 years and older. It has not been FDA approved, but authorized for emergency use.

What are the benefits of the Moderna Vaccine?

Currently, the Moderna vaccine is still undergoing clinical trials and Moderna has reported it to be 94.1% effective in the prevention of COVID-19 following both doses. Its duration of protection against the virus is still unknown.

What are the risks of the Moderna vaccine?

Reported side effects of the Moderna vaccine include:

•Injection site irritation: pain, hardness/swelling, soreness, redness, and lymph node
swelling in arm that received vaccine.

•General reported side effects: tiredness, muscle aches, headache, joint pain, fever, chills,
nausea, and vomiting.

You may be asked to remain at the vaccinating facility after receiving the Moderna vaccine for a
short period of monitoring as there is a remote chance of a severe allergic reaction. Such reactions
usually occur within a few minutes up to an hour. Severe allergic reactions include:

•Dizziness
•Difficulty breathing
•Increased heartrate
•Swelling in face or throat
•Severe body rash

What should I tell my doctor before scheduling for the vaccine?

Before scheduling for the vaccine, inform your provider of any previous history of medical conditions and other important medical factors that may trigger a negative reaction to the vaccine.
Please tell your provider if you:

•Previously received a COVID-19 vaccine.
•Recently received the flu shot or another vaccine/shot.
•Are feeling ill, feverish or were diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 3 months.
• Received antibody therapy for COVID-19 within the last 3 months.
•Are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant.
•Are breastfeeding.
•Have any allergies.
• Have cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDs or any condition affects your immune system.
• Are on a medication that may affect your immune system.
• Have a bleeding disorder.
• Are on blood thinners.

What should I do if I experience side effects?

Should you experience a severe allergic reaction, please call emergency services (9-1-1), or go to the nearest hospital immediately. For minor or persistent side effects, contact the vaccinating facility or your healthcare provider for consultation. All vaccine side effects can be reported to the FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). They can be reached via the toll-free number: 1-800-822-7967 or online via: https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Please include “Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA” in the first line of box #18 in your report.

Side effects can also be reported to ModernaTX at 1-866-663-3762 or you may be able to enroll to V-Safe. V-Safe is a smartphone-based tool that checks in with those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to keep track of potential side effects through text messaging and web surveys. With VSafe, you can receive second-dose reminders if needed and have access to telephone follow-ups by the CDC for any significant impacts to your health after receiving the vaccine. Learn more at
www.cdc.gov/safe.