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A Note to Our Patients

Our clinic is currently out of the 1st dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. If we receive another shipment, we will be sure to communicate its arrival and appointment opportunities with you.

All those who received their first vaccine with Capital Medical Clinic will receive their 2nd dose from us as scheduled. There is no need to call or message us to schedule as we will contact you for scheduling the second dose.

As we receive more vaccines, we will contact those eligible and at the highest risk to be vaccinated. Our schedulers will not be scheduling any COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Instead, we have a designated staff set to contact patients as we receive vaccine shipments, so calling will not be beneficial for scheduling an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please do not call the clinic as we need to keep the lines open for patients calling with acute problems. Again, we will notify patients as we receive additional doses.

We thank you for your continued patience and grace as we continue our vaccination efforts.

Any questions regarding the vaccines and CMC’s administration of the vaccine can be answered below:

FAQs

Will CMC be administering the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, Capital Medical Clinic has registered with the Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) and has been approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. We will be following the DSHS phased approach guidelines for administration of the vaccine. Click on the following link to view more about the Texas DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

How are CMC patients being prioritized to receive the vaccine?

Due to the limited number of doses we received in this first allocation, we are  vaccinating patients 75 and older with multiple chronic conditions that puts them at greatest risk for hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. We understand that Texas DSHS prioritizes patients 65 and older; however, one of their guiding principles is vaccinating the most vulnerable populations.

As Providers within the community, we have an ethical obligation to vaccinate those patients at greatest risk for complications from COVID-19. We understand that our patients who are still waiting to be vaccinated are experiencing anxiety and frustration. We respectfully ask for your patience and grace as we continue in our vaccination efforts.  There will not be a waitlist for the vaccine and you do not need to call or message CMC to schedule an appointment. Patients will be contacted via email or phone call if and when more of the vaccine becomes available.

When will CMC be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

The first week of March we received a very limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer, which will be allocated to our most high risk patients, per Texas DSHS Phase 1 guidelines. We anticipate additional shipments in the future; however, the number of doses and date of delivery is undetermined at this time. We will update our website and send periodic emails as more information becomes available.

Which vaccines are authorized and recommended in the US?

As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it will be important to understand what is known about each vaccine.CDC will provide information on who is and is not recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as ingredients, safety, and effectiveness.

Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson’s/Janssen

Which vaccine will CMC be receiving/administering?

In December we received doses manufactured by Moderna. Most recently, we received doses manufactured by Pfizer. Both are mRNA vaccines.

What are the differences between the three authorized and recommended vaccines?

See https://www.astho.org/COVID-19/Pfizer-Moderna-Vaccine-Comparison/ for a compact but thorough comparison chart.

How does COVID-19 mRNA vaccine work?

The COVID-19 virus uses mRNA to produce the spike protein that forms the outer layer of the virus. The spike protein in the virus generates an immune response. The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of the spike protein, our immune system recognizes it does not belong and begins making antibodies. The advantage of an mRNA vaccine is that it generates a stronger type of immunity –making antibodies and immune system killer cells – a double strike against viruses. mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. (For more information, click Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC)

Who should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (such as polyethylene glycol), you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.*
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredientexternal icon in the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (such as polysorbate), you should not get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

An allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital. Experts refer to severe allergic reactions as anaphylaxis. Learn about common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines and when to call a doctor.

**An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting vaccinated, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).

If I have antibodies to COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?

People who have had COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. Re-infection is possible. Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until there is more data. Click here for more information.

How long before I am considered fully vaccinated?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each take 2 weeks after the second dose to reach maximum protection. For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it’s 4 weeks. Although vaccinations are accelerating, CDC estimates that just 9.2% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that the FDA has authorized for emergency use.

If I am fully vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask?

CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

If I am fully vaccinated, can I now safely gather with others?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume. More information can be found here.