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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Beebe has a plan to support the vaccination efforts in our community. Thank you for the privilege of being your healthcare partner. Please click on the buttons below to get the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Beebe offers online scheduling for: COVID-19 Rapid Testing, COVID-19 Vaccination, Beebe Walk-In Care, and Virtual Visits (telemedicine). Learn more by clicking: Schedule Now.


INFORMATION IN THIS DIGITAL RESOURCE

It is important – even once you are vaccinated - to continue to practice the three Ws:
Wash your hands, Watch your distance, and Wear a mask.


Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Online

Beebe Healthcare is proud to serve you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be successful in vaccinating many people in our community and, moving forward, Beebe Healthcare will offer the option of live, online scheduling. By clicking the Schedule button below, you will be able to schedule your first-dose COVID vaccination at one of our locations. If you do not see any open appointments, please check back again as we continue to add additional appointments regularly.

You can also access our COVID Vaccination Online Scheduling system at www.beebehealthcare.org/online-scheduling. You are also able to schedule additional appointments for Beebe Walk-In Care and Virtual Visits at this link. Please use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Safari to schedule. The secure portal does not work with Internet Explorer.


When Can I Be Vaccinated?

As of Thursday, May 13, youth ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone this age or older is now eligible to be vaccinated.


What About the Second Dose?

When you should get your second dose: The CDC announced that you may have a second dose up to 42 days after your first dose and still be protected. The CDC also said if you do not receive your second dose within 42 days that you do not need to restart the series over again.

However, you should not get the second dose before the recommended interval (21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna) and your first and second does must be from the same vaccine (for instance both Pfizer or both Moderna).

The Division of Public Health has asked vaccinators to provide second doses if a first was provided.


What About After I Am Fully Vaccinated?

Once you have received both doses (Pfizer and Moderna) or the single-shot dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, what can you expect?

For those who have received their dose or doses, it takes up to 14 days until you are considered fully protected. However, even after this time has passed the CDC is continuing to recommend wearing a mask in public spaces where others may not be fully vaccinated. This includes in grocery stores, gas stations, schools, and at events.

Continue to wear face coverings, socially distance, and washing hands frequently to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Should I Be Vaccinated?

Beebe Healthcare is offering the vaccine to all our team members because we see the evidence that the vaccine is safe and effective.

Everyone eligible for the vaccine should consider vaccination during this public health crisis. The more that are vaccinate the closer the country comes to herd immunity, which is when enough of the population is vaccinated and the virus cannot spread.

You should consult your physician before receiving the vaccine if you:

  • have any allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding.

Additional resource for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html

If you have additional questions, you can call the state COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 302-672-6150 or email questions to: vaccine@delaware.gov.


How Was the Vaccine Created & How Does it Work?

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which have both received FDA approval and permission for emergency use, use a technology with messenger RNA (mRNA).

mRNA is the blueprint that our bodies usually use to create proteins. The protein created by these vaccines will in turn cause the body’s immune system to form antibodies (special proteins created by the body to fight off infection) against the COVID-19 virus.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a viral vector, which uses a different harmless virus to carry the spike protein from COVID-19 to trigger your immune response and create antibodies. The CDC and FDA paused the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to review safety data. The vaccine was re-approved for use. Learn more.

It is natural to have apprehension to a new vaccine especially during these difficult times. The process to develop these vaccines have been tremendous and the speed at which we will now receive them is not due to a lack in safety. Learn more about the safety and technology of the vaccine.

Safety is a top priority and is considered before any vaccine before any vaccine is recommended for use. Learn more about how CDC and its partners are ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html.


What are the Side Effects?

Many want to understand the vaccines safety and effectiveness. The reports of higher than 90% efficacy is certainly a good sign.

Most common side effects are:

  • Redness at the injection site
  • Swelling or pain at the injection site
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

CDC video on what to expect with vaccination.

#TeamBeebe On The COVID-19 Vaccine


Frequently Asked Questions

Please keep in mind that information changes rapidly. We strive to have the information below as updated as possible.

There is a five-step, rigorous process for drug and vaccine testing. The critical first step is three phases of clinical trials to learn how the vaccine works in humans. There are more than 100 clinical trials for a vaccine in the U.S., with five of them in the third (or largest and final) stage.

More than 70,000 volunteers were involved in Pfizer’s and Moderna’s stage-three trials. Results from both indicated that the vaccine candidate was well-tolerated and able to produce an immune response.

The vaccine was developed in a much shorter period of time due to the obvious need to address the public health threat the pandemic posed to the nation. The shorter development time is the result of technology advances to map the virus’s DNA and using vaccine platforms developed for other diseases.

The clinical trial process was accelerated by enrolling more people in trials to enhance rapid data collection and earlier analysis of safety data for demographically diverse populations. This also sped up the FDA review process as they have been monitoring the data all along.

Delivery/distribution time was shortened by allowing manufacturing to occur at the same time as instead of after, vaccine approval. A shorter review time does not mean the vaccine is unsafe. Experts and scientists from the FDA and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed the vaccine development data. Extensive post-monitoring efforts will be implemented to safeguard those immunized.

Recognizing the importance of testing within minority populations, vaccine developers worked with community engagement partners to enroll a diverse pool of participants. At least one manufacturer reported 37% of clinical trial volunteers were volunteers from racial and ethnic minority groups. The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified. Another reported approximately 42% of global participants and 30% of U.S. participants in the Phase 3 study had racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, and 41% of global and 45% of U.S. participants were 56-85 years of age.

DPH, with recommendations from the Delaware Public Health and Medical Ethics Advisory Group (Ethics Group) will review the CDC list of prioritized population groups and determine allocation and distribution of vaccine(s). The Ethics Group recommendations will be made based on which groups are most at risk due to how the virus is transmitted (close contact, indoor facilities), the severity rate of the virus in the community, and based on the population groups identified by the CDC. Persons of color work in many of the industries identified for Tier 1 and Tier 2 vaccination. Additionally, both Delaware’s COVID Vaccine Task Force and the Communications subcommittee, include representation from organizations representing communities of color and incorporate their feedback into planning.

The COVID-19 infection may pose serious risks to those who get the virus as well as those around the infected person. The virus also comes with potential for long-term health issues after recovery from COVID-19 disease. Because scientists are still learning more about the virus that causes COVID-19, it is not known whether getting COVID-19 disease will protect everyone against getting it again. Getting a COVID vaccine allows a person’s body to develop an immune response to a virus without getting sick from the virus itself.

According to the CDC, experts are still learning how a vaccine will provide protection under real-life conditions. We will still need to practice precautions such as wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose, social distancing (staying 6 feet away from others), and frequent handwashing.

However, on April 27, the CDC released slightly reduced guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated, meaning they have had their vaccination(s) and have waited a full two weeks to achieve 'full vaccination.' The CDC announced:

  • If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
  • When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
  • Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.

Learn more on the CDC website.

It’s very important to continue protection protocols even after getting the vaccine. Medical experts feel very confident that the COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from the virus and help get us all back to normal — but not before a large number of people get the vaccine.

Getting the vaccine does not give you the all-clear to stop masking up and practicing social distancing. It is very important to continue to protect yourself and loved ones, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 — even after you get the vaccine — by continuing wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and staying home if you’re sick.

When a vaccine becomes widely available, people will be able to get it from their primary care provider, local participating pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Center, or from the Delaware Division of Public Health. All providers will complete required trainings with authorized vaccine coordinators. Satellite, temporary, or off-site settings may also be utilized to make the vaccine accessible. Enrolled medical providers may receive vaccinations either from the federal level directly or through DPH based on order size and storage needs.

The vaccine will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge an office visit fee and will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the vaccine. Vaccine providers can be reimbursed for this fee.

Yes, you can get the vaccine if you have had COVID-19. Most people experience mild side effects from the vaccine. The vaccine itself will not give you COVID-19.

There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. In its recommendation to the CDC, Pfizer reported that the vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection.

The CDC and FDA have paused the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women. The six cases occurred in women aged 18-48 and resulted in one death.

Out of an abundance of caution, and under the direction of the state of Delaware Division of Public Health, Beebe will not be administering that particular vaccine until we know more from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

We have other vaccines on hand to help us continue administering the vaccine to our community.

No. Information about the studies and the candidates can be found on the following website https://coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/understanding-clinical-studies/ or by visiting the manufactures websites.

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. mRNA vaccines do not. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.


Specifically, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. Once a person receives the vaccine, the instructions (mRNA) are inside the muscle cells and the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them. It does not alter or interact with your DNA in any way. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.


The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain this protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

After being paused for a time in April 2021, the CDC and FDA have re-approved use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Learn more.

The FDA approved emergency use of the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen in late February. This vaccine was developed using the common cold instead of using mRNA like the other two approved vaccines - Pfizer and Moderna.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a common cold virus that has been engineered to make it harmless. It then safely carries part of the coronavirus's genetic code into the body. This is enough for the body to recognize the threat and then learn to fight coronavirus. This trains the body's immune system to fight coronavirus when it encounters the virus for real.

Additionally, this vaccine only requires one dose as compared to the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer versions.

Learn more about this vaccine here.

The effectiveness of vaccines is tested during clinical trials and then reviewed by the FDA. Vaccines are approved by the FDA following clinical guidelines to determine safety. All vaccines must go through clinical trials.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will follow the same protocols. Once clinical trials are done, they will apply to the FDA. The FDA will review the data and then make a decision on whether it will be distributed under Emergency Use in the United States.

It is still unknown at this time, how long that would take, but the more people who choose to get the vaccine, the greater chance of reaching herd immunity there will be.

With limited supply of vaccine from the federal government, it is hard to plan clinics several weeks in advance. As more vaccine becomes available, appointments for vaccine events through Vault Health, Curative, as well as pharmacies and medical offices will be easier to get. Please be patient as this may take weeks.

While it is currently recommended that people receive a second dose as close to the recommended timeframe as possible (21 or 28 days), we are awaiting further federal guidance on if this window can be extended, and the manufacturers have not said that there is a date after that at which the vaccine series would need to be re-started.

• The CDC did recently announce that you may have a second dose up to 42 days from your first dose.

• The CDC also said if you do not receive your second dose within 42 days that you do not need to restart the series over again. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

We are keeping a tally that of those who have received dose #1 at Beebe’s Millsboro Vaccine clinic. As vaccine becomes available and you are eligible for the second dose, we will be reaching out to you for the option to receive your second dose. There is a free text messaging reminder service to remind people to get their second dose. To enroll, text ENROLL to 1-833-VAXTEXT (829-8398).

If you received your first dose through a state event, they will provide you with your second dose. Registration will be done directly with Curative and individuals will be required to show proof of their first dose vaccination date when they arrive on site.

Lost vaccination card? Delawareans who have lost their vaccination card should email their full name and date of birth to vaccine@delaware.gov. For those without email access, call DPH at 1-833-643-1715.

DPH has set up an email and phone number for those with questions. Beebe will also continue to hold virtual town halls to keep the community updated.

DPH phone: 302-672-6150

DPH email:  vaccine@delaware.gov.


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