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COVID-19 Communication

The following information has been produced by our Associate Director of Quality Assurance, Laura Viers, on March 4th, 2021. For additional questions and information, please email Laura at Laura.Viers@supportinc.com

To all Support, Inc. Staff, Providers and Families:

In this communication we will cover the following:

  1. National COVID-19 vaccine update.
  2. Comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines
  3. Colorado’s updated COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and what this means for persons receiving services.

1. National updates:

On Saturday February 27th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization to Johnson & Johnson to use their Janssen Bio tec. COVID-19 vaccine. Comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines:

2. Comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines:

When getting your vaccine, you will likely not have a choice in which vaccine you get. Manufacturer availability depends on the vaccine each clinic gets on a weekly basis.  For vaccine’s requiring a second dose, you must get the same brand for your first and second dose. There are now 3 COVID-19 vaccine’s below is a comparison of the three vaccines.


Pfizer
Janssen Moderna
Side effects:
Pain at the injection site
Injection site redness
Injection site swelling
Tiredness
Headache
Muscle pain Fever
Chills
Joint pain
Swollen lymph nodes  
Side effects:
Pain at the injection site
Injection site redness
Injection site swelling
Tiredness
Headache
Muscle aches
Fever
Nausea
Side effects:
Pain at the injection site
Injection site redness
Injection site swelling
Fatigue
Headache
Muscle pain
Fever                                 
Chills
Joint pain
Swollen lymph nodes
Nausea
Vomiting  
Who can get the Pfizer vaccine? The FDA granted emergency use authorization for individuals 16 years and older Who can get the Janssen vaccine? The FDA granted emergency use authorization for individuals 18 years and older Who can get the Moderna vaccine? The FDA granted emergency use authorization for individuals 18 years and older
Administration of the Pfizer vaccine: The Pfizer vaccine vaccination series if 2 doses given 21 days apart. * You must get both doses of the vaccine * Administration of the Janssen vaccine: The Janssen vaccine is given as a single dose. Administration of the Moderna vaccine: The Moderna vaccine vaccination series is 2 doses given 28 days apart. * You must get both doses of the vaccine *
Storage of the vaccine: The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures of -76° F and -112° F Storage of the vaccine: The Janssen vaccine must be stored between 36° F and 46° F. Storage of the vaccine: The Moderna vaccine may be stored in a fridge or freezer. The vaccine may be stored in a freezer between -5°F and -13°F or under refrigeration at 46°F to 36°F for up to 30 days. 
How effective is the Pfizer vaccine? During the clinical study, Pfizer’s vaccine was found to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 disease. How effective is the Janssen vaccine? During the clinical study, Janssen’s vaccine was found to be 77% effective at preventing severe/critical COVID-19 disease at least 14 days after vaccination and was 85% effective at preventing severe/critical COVID-19 at least 28 days after vaccination. How effective is the Moderna vaccine? During the clinical study, Moderna’s vaccine was found to be 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19 disease

3. Colorado’s updated COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and what this means for persons receiving services:

In the coming weeks, Phase 1B.3 and Phase 1B.4 of Colorado’s distribution plan will open. Phase 1B.3 will open additional eligibility for some individual’s in services. Phase 1B.4 will open eligibility for all individual’s receiving services through Support, Inc.

Eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
now
Coloradoan’s age 65 or older
Eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Friday March 5th Coloradoan’s age 60 or older
Coloradoan’s age 16 and older with 2 or more of the following high-risk conditions:
Down Syndrome
COPD
Diabetic mellitus (type 1 and type 2)
Individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home.
People with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask
Cancer (those currently receiving treatment or have received treatment in the last month)
Chronic kidney disease
Specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, severe valvular/congenital heart disease)
Obesity (BMI equal to or greater than 30kg/m^2)
Pregnancy
Sickle cell disease
Solid organ transplant  
Eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Around March 21st (official date TBD)                   Coloradoan’s age 50 and older
Coloradoan’s age 16 and older with 1 of the following high-risk conditions:
Down Syndrome
COPD
Diabetic mellitus (type 1 and type 2)
Individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home.
People with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask
Cancer (those currently receiving treatment or have received treatment in the last month)
Chronic kidney disease
Specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies, coronary heart disease, severe valvular/congenital heart disease)
Obesity (BMI equal to or greater than 30kg/m^2)
Pregnancy
Sickle cell disease
Solid organ transplant  

Do you follow us on Facebook? We are running a social media campaign to #SupportTheShot and have joined Alliance Colorado’s (our trade association) campaign to #RollUpYourSleve and help Colorado conquer COVID. If you would like to be featured on our social media page email cathy.kellogg@supportinc.com with a picture and why getting the COVID-19 vaccine is important to you.

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