COVID-19 vaccine progress and safety with Mike Brownlee, PharmD
Watch Chief Pharmacy Officer Mike Brownlee, PharmD, MS, FASHP, discuss the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics vaccination program and answer questions about navigating this process.
May 16, 2022
Read our takeaways
- Get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you.
- Be patient—it may take some time before you are eligible and an appointment time is available to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
- We have an inclusive vaccination program to provide vaccines, including to those who aren’t currently our patients.
- Our vaccination program prioritizes safety.
- The vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech (Comiranty) and Moderna) are safe and effective.
- It is very important to get the second dose of the vaccine.
- Continue safety practices (masks, distancing, hand-washing, avoiding enclosed spaces, etc.) before and even after you receive your vaccine. Read three reasons why this is important.
- Common side effects of the vaccines include arm pain, headache, fatigue, fever, or chills, lasting up to 48 hours.
- These common side effects are a good thing—it means that the vaccine is working in your body.
- Even if you don’t have side effects, you can trust that the vaccine is working in your body.
- The mRNA vaccines provide messages to your body to create the spike protein so that antibodies can be created.
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