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For Non-emergent health issues, please contact your local health provider or hospital.
At this time, Ferris will be offering the Pfizer and the Janssen/ Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations. Vaccinations will be offered to all of Ferris State’s community.
Contact Birkam Health Center at 231-591-2614 to schedule an appointment time.
It has recently been reported that COVID-19 cases are at an all time low. This is thanks to the COVID vaccine. Its important to be vaccinated to continue to lower the amount of cases.
Yes and no. While the CDC has recently stated that all individuals fully vaccinated do not require face coverings, businesses and healthcare facilities may still require you to wear one. If cases rise again, the mask mandate may be enforced again.
The Pfizer vaccination uses RNA technology to deliver genetic code to your cells. This code tells your body how to make a protein that the SARS-2 virus carries. This activates your immune system to create antibodies toward that protein, creating immunity. If you come into contact with COVID-19 after this time, your immune system will know how to fight it.
Johnson & Johnsons vaccination has the same result, however it uses a viral vector, such as adenovirus (the common cold) to create this SARS-2 protein. Again, once the body has built an immunity toward that protein with antibodies, your body will know how to fight it off in the future.
The Pfizer vaccination is a 2 shot series, given 3 weeks apart. Immunity will be complete 2 weeks after the last injection. Johnson & Johnson is a 1 shot only vaccine, immunity will be complete 2 weeks after that injection.
Pfizer is approved for those 12 years and older. J&J is approved for those 18 years and older.
The Pfizer vaccine showed efficacy of 95% at preventing symptomatic Covid infection after two doses.
The J&J one-dose vaccine was shown to be 66% protective against moderate to severe Covid infections.
Pfizer: common side effects include injection site pain, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and fevers. Side effects seem more common after the second dose. Although very rare, it has been reported that severe allergic reactions to the mRNA vaccines have occurred- this includes anaphylaxis.
Johnson & Johnson: Common side effects are similar to Pfizer. There is still a rare chance of anaphylaxis and the above recommendations for monitoring stand. Additionally, a very small number of people that have gotten he J&J vaccine have reported thrombotic events, one to two weeks after vaccination. This occurred in women, and was reported to be about 15 cases in 8 million people.
Generally, 12 hours post vaccine and should subside 1-3 days after the vaccine.
In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection—it means you are having an immune response which is good! However, you should contact your healthcare provider
If you do not routinely take OTC medications (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) for other ailments, it is NOT recommended to take these medications for the purpose of trying to prevent a vaccine-related side effect. If you routinely take these medications, continue to do so as instructed by your healthcare provider.
The CDC has recently stated that you may receive the vaccine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, but recommends leaving the ultimate decision up the individual and their healthcare provider
You will be asked to wait a specific amount of time based upon your medical history, so a medical professional can monitor you for a potential allergic reaction or side effects.
*It is important to note that vaccine information is constantly changing and updating. This information is current as of 5/21/2021.