ALERT

View the Attached Document Concerning Visitation

We have updated our Visitation Policy as of December 7th- no visitors will be permitted unless for Maternity (Labor/Delivery) care or end-of-life considerations. This policy becomes effective December 7th.

View Visitation Guidelines (.pdf)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Types of Vaccines

Currently, Pfizer and Moderna are the only two companies producing and distributing vaccines cleared by Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Pfizer and BioNTech was authorized on December 11, 2020, and Moderna was authorized a week later on December 18, 2020. Both companies began immediate distribution in coordination with the Federal and State governments.

RMC has received the first shipment of Moderna vaccines, distributed by the Alabama Health Department. For more information on the specifics of the Moderna Vaccine, please visit:

https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

Timeline

RMC Health System is currently in the process of vaccinating all staff who have chosen to take the vaccine. Distribution of second doses will begin January 25-28, 2021 and will be held at the RMC Wellness Center, from 7:30 AM- 3:30 PM.

On January 5-6, 2021, RMC will be working with Calhoun County ADPH to distribute vaccines to our EMS first responders and other health care workers. This will be held at the Anniston City Meeting Center from 7:00 AM-3:00 PM. RMC will be back for second doses February 3-4, 2021.

RMC will be following ADPH guidelines in the order of vaccine distribution, which is currently set at 50% for health care employees, 15 % for first responders, 15% for physician offices, and 20% for senior and long term care facilities. For more information, please visit:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2bJyxwKm7iqeMK1i9q_z7MnJ0nP4-M6dX34ls77Sc9WYayzLJUh-ZOSXw

FAQ:

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting the virus and is a safer way to help protect you and your loved ones. If everyone able to be vaccinated will do their part, together we can be a part of stopping this global pandemic. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

Yes, once 3-4 months have passed. Once you’ve had the virus, you likely have antibodies for the specific strain of the virus you caught. While that may keep you from getting sick again in the short term, scientists have not determined exactly how long those antibodies last. Because those antibodies are specific to one strain, it’s important to get the vaccine to protect you from many variants of COVID-19.

For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

If you have experienced anaphylaxis and have known severe allergies, please consult your physician on whether this vaccine is right for you. There have been known cases of allergic reactions. Consult your physician if you have the following:

  • have allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleedings disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or become pregnant
  • are breast feeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine

For more information, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

No. Both vaccines are proven to work the same.

Moderna’s vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infection in a study of 30,400 participants (Source: FDA Briefing Document, Page 5)

The second vaccine should be administered 28 days after receiving the first.

No, as the vaccine will offer up to 52% immunity after the first does and up to 94% immunity after two doses.

Since the COVID-19 vaccines use a genetic sequence instead of killed or weakened viruses to create an immune response,
there is no chance you will get COVID-19 from the vaccine. It also means these vaccines are much easier to manufacture than other types of vaccines.

For more information on how mRNA vaccines work, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/hcp/mrna-vaccine-basics.html

Possible side effects include redness at the site of injection, headache, fatigue, fever and chills. Should your symptoms continue or worsen, please contact your doctor right away.

At this time, vaccines are free and subsidized by the Federal Government. Health care administers may charge an administration fee to insurance.

A photo ID is required. All health care providers offering the vaccine will input information into the Immprint System through ADPH. For more information, please visit:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/immprint.html).

  • Genetic material, mRNA, as opposed to dead or weakened viruses. This means you will NOT run the risk of catching COVID from this vaccine.
  • Lipid (oil) bubbles, to wrap the genetic material for protected transport throughout your body.
    There is significant documentation on these ingredients, as Moderna has researched them for years in fighting other diseases.
  • Saline (Salt) solution, to make the pH level similar to that of our bodies.

Additional Resources:

CDC FAQ Page for COVID Vaccines

ADPH COVID Vaccine Information Page

Calhoun EMA Coronavirus Info Page

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine

FDA Fact Sheet for Vaccine Recipients and Caregivers

FDA Briefing Document (Executive Summary can be found on Page 5)