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.

Please note that this broadcast is for informational purposes only. If you feel sick or concerned about your health, please contact your primary care provider.

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 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.