Hearing loss, auto-immune diseases, side effects and the COVID-19 vaccine – KOAT New Mexico

All week long KOAT will be responding to audience concerns on the COVID-19 vaccine from New Mexicos top medical professionals and health specialists. New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie CollinsNew Mexico Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase Chief Medical Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Service Dr. Jason Mitchell.

All week long KOAT will be responding to viewer concerns on the COVID-19 vaccine from New Mexicos leading doctors and health experts. New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie CollinsNew Mexico Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase Chief Medical Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Service Dr. Jason Mitchell QUESTION: What is the greatest issue relating to the COVID-19 vaccine given how brief the medical research study was in compared to other vaccines?DR. MITCHELL: People have asked that a lot, was this vaccine studied enough? The reality is throughout the world, 1.4 billion vaccines have actually been offered and in the United States alone, billions. This vaccine has actually been studied well. What are the huge concerns? The regular side results, fevers and chills. Thats simply your body finding out to eliminate COVID. Although you have the symptoms, its not going to eliminate you, it just feels uneasy. The other thing is the individuals that get allergies, thats rare, thats why we keep you 15 minutes after.Know that this is a well-studied vaccine and a lot of people have gotten it.QUESTION FROM PEARLINE BENALLY: Is it possible to lose your hearing from COVID shots?DR. SCRASE: We researched that and didnt become aware of that. We did find some cases of individuals who lost their hearing because of getting the coronavirus infection, however we have not found trustworthy reports of hearing loss with the vaccine itselfThats something probably that future research, when we have another 10 or 20 million people immunized. But today, it looks like likely to lose your hearing from a COVID infection than the vaccine.QUESTION: In order people to accomplish herd immunity is the duty on us to get vaccinated, if we can, in order to protect those who cant? DR. COLLINS: Even if we cant reach whats called herd resistance, which talks to the idea we might have to immunize every year, we really wish to encourage individuals to get the shot. The less chance this infection has to replicate and mutate.DR since the more people who get immunized. SCRASE: Any time anybody in NM gets vaccinated, that reduces your possibilities of getting a COVID infection. When you get immunized, that decreases that chance of everyone in the state, by some little but measurable amount.New Mexicos objective is to get 60% of those 16 and up vaccinated by July.QUESTION FROM KAREN ANDERSON WILKINSON: How is the vaccine impacting people with Auto Immune Diseases? I had both Pfizer shots and simply dont feel well now, three months later.DR. SCRASE: Because the vaccine runs on the immune system, and because people who have auto immune illness are on drugs reducing the immune system, there can be conflicts there.However, unlike organ transplants, many people with one example of a car immune disease like arthritis or lupus, under the guidance of their clinician can stop some of those immuno-suppressant drugs.Dr. Scrase states his best guidance is that somebody with a car immune illness speak to their medical professionals about any drugs theyre taking and how they might disrupt the vaccine. CONCERN: Why are some individuals getting symptoms after their vaccines, and others are not? What symptoms should I expect? DR. COLLINS: Everyones different. Some individuals might have no reaction at all. Extremely little discomfort, no fever. Theyre still getting gain from the vaccine. There are others who might be more reactionary, and so theyre going to have more of that, ugh, I seem like I have an infection, and they get much better after a day or 2. It just actually depends on the patient.DR. SCRASE: I think immune action vary by genes. Secretary Collins stated women are three times most likely to have post vaccine symptoms than guys. However theyre normally extremely, really moderate. Older people have less symptoms in response to the vaccine than younger people.So what should you do if you feel like youre having a severe response? Dr. Collins states if you have a high fever for more than four hours, then its time to call your doctor.Most individuals feel side impacts for 24 to 36 hours. According to the CDC the most typical negative effects are an aching arm, feeling exhausted, headache and chills. QUESTION: Why do I require the 2nd dosage if I got the? DR. COLLINS: Keep in mind that the authorization for the vaccines require 2 shots for you to get full efficacy. The full benefit. So, its like you would not go to the medical professional and get a high blood pressure medication and choose to take it one day a week. You would take it every day as prescribed. Its the same method with these vaccines. Theyre most efficient if we take them as theyve been prescribed, which is two shots for Pfizer and Moderna.DR. SCRASE: Also, you will be more safeguarded if you get the second shot. Your household will be more secured, particularly in New Mexico where we have more multi-generational families than practically any other states in America.QUESTION: What do I do if I lost my vaccine card?DR. COLLINS: You can go to vaxviewnm.org and pull up and print your immunization status.While you need that paper evidence of your vaccine, its likewise an excellent idea to take a photo of your card as a backup in case you lose it. CONCERN FROM MELISSA MILLER: I have a history of DVT (Deep vein thrombosis), so I was concerned about the J&J vaccines triggering even a few cases of DVT. I have actually also heard that DVT can be a sign of COVID-19 so I dont understand what to do about getting the vaccine. And if I do get it, which one ought to I get?DR. COLLINS: She should get whichever vaccine is used to her. And remember the very few numbers of cases of J&J, there were very relative to the variety of doses administered. Youre most likely to get struck by lightning than you are to get a clot from the J&J vaccine.COVID itself is a vascular disease. So youre susceptible to having symptoms of vascular dysfunction from this virus. Youre more at threat from COVID itself than you are with any of the vaccines that are currently available.Health specialists say when you look at the data, youre more likely to get a blood embolism with a major case of COVID-19 than the vaccine that protects against it.QUESTION: Does the vaccine affect fertility?DR. COLLINS: The vaccines do not affect fertility. There is no data to support that.DR. SCRASE: Many of the things that individuals are worried about from the vaccine are in fact more likely to receive from getting COVID itself. There were some early reports about a year ago of a decrease in male fertility in individuals who in fact had a COVID infection.Dr. Scrase says if youre considering what the vaccine may or might not do, the option of what could occur if you get COVID-19 might be much worse.QUESTION FROM CAROL ALLEN: I took part in the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial and got my second shot January 11. Should I get a single dose Pfizer vaccine in June or now for increased security? Theres no way to sign up with the state to show that I have actually been immunized considering that AstraZeneca has not yet been authorized. DR. COLLINS: What were doing now with our online portal is were adding another option to indicate youve been immunized with AstraZeneca. That wasnt there prior to, because we arent using that here in the States unless youre part of a trial.To the point of now getting Pfizer in June, theres no indicator she needs to add Pfizer to her present routine. Shes gotten AstraZeneca. Now we just require to enjoy the information and see about yearly shots, if thats going to move forward.The alternative to checkmark youve had an Astra Zeneca vaccine is not on the state dashboard simply yet, however the state says they are working on getting that alternative up extremely soon. QUESTION FROM CHRIS J CHAVEZ: What is the distinction between the 2 Pfizer shots? Why are people getting symptoms on the 2nd one. Is it just 2 of the same shot, but 21 days apart or is the second a stronger type of shot?DR. SCRASE: A great deal of times, what were seeing with that 2nd shot, is your body immune system is reacting. You might feel throbbing, perhaps theres pain in your arm. However its actually a sign youre reacting properly to the vaccine.The vaccines equal. Its two dosages of the same vaccine for Pfizer. 2 doses of different vaccine however same vaccine for Moderna, both dosages. So its just a stronger second response.Dr. Scrase says its typical for vaccines to be two dosages, saying the adult shingles vaccine is now 2 dosages and the majority of vaccines for kids when they begin the vaccination procedure can be found in two doses. QUESTION FROM KAREN: Can you still get COVID even after youve had the vaccine?DR. JASON MITCHELL: Thats a terrific concern, Karen, I desire you to understand the vaccine is 100 percent effective at preventing you from dying or being hospitalized from COVID. That being stated theres a little portion of people that might still get COVID after the vaccine, however its a mild case and wouldnt case the serious things we are worried about.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.

CONCERN: What is the most significant concern relating to the COVID-19 vaccine given how short the medical study was in compared to other vaccines?DR. MITCHELL: People have asked that a lot, was this vaccine studied enough? The fact is across the world, 1.4 billion vaccines have been offered and in the United States alone, billions.

Know that this is a well-studied vaccine and a lot of people have actually gotten it.
CONCERN FROM PEARLINE BENALLY: Is it possible to lose your hearing from COVID shots?DR. SCRASE: We looked into that and didnt become aware of that. We did discover some cases of people who lost their hearing because of getting the coronavirus infection, but we have not found reliable reports of hearing loss with the vaccine itselfThats something most likely that future research, when we have another 10 or 20 million people immunized. Right now, it seems like likely to lose your hearing from a COVID infection than the vaccine.QUESTION: In order of us to attain herd immunity is the responsibility on us to get immunized, if we can, in order to secure those who cant? DR. COLLINS: Even if we cant reach whats called herd immunity, which speaks with the idea we may need to immunize every year, we really want to encourage individuals to get the shot. Since the more individuals who get vaccinated, the less opportunity this virus needs to reproduce and mutate.DR. SCRASE: Any time anybody in NM gets immunized, that decreases your opportunities of getting a COVID infection. When you get immunized, that reduces that chance of everyone in the state, by some quantifiable however little amount.New Mexicos goal is to get 60% of those 16 and up immunized by July.
QUESTION FROM KAREN ANDERSON WILKINSON: How is the vaccine impacting people with Auto Immune Diseases? I had both Pfizer shots and just do not feel well now, 3 months later.DR. SCRASE: Because the vaccine runs on the immune system, and due to the fact that individuals who have automobile immune diseases are on drugs suppressing the immune system, there can be conflicts there.However, unlike organ transplants, many individuals with one example of a vehicle immune illness like arthritis or lupus, under the supervision of their clinician can discontinue some of those immuno-suppressant drugs.Dr. Scrase states his finest advice is that somebody with an auto immune disease speak with their doctors about any drugs theyre taking and how they could hinder the vaccine.
QUESTION: Why are some people getting signs after their vaccines, and others are not? What symptoms should I anticipate? DR. COLLINS: Everyones different. Some people may have no response at all. Extremely little discomfort, no fever. Theyre still getting benefit from the vaccine. There are others who may be more reactionary, and so theyre going to have more of that, ugh, I feel like I have an infection, and they get much better after a day or 2. It just actually depends on the patient.DR. SCRASE: I believe immune action differ by genes. Secretary Collins stated ladies are three times most likely to have post vaccine symptoms than guys. However theyre usually extremely, very moderate. Older people have less symptoms in action to the vaccine than younger people.So what should you do if you seem like youre having a severe reaction? Dr. Collins says if you have a high fever for more than four hours, then its time to call your doctor.Most individuals feel adverse effects for 24 to 36 hours. According to the CDC the most common adverse effects are a sore arm, feeling exhausted, headache and chills. QUESTION: Why do I need the 2nd dose if I got the very first? DR. COLLINS: Keep in mind that the permission for the vaccines require two shots for you to get full efficacy. The complete benefit. So, its like you would not go to the doctor and get a blood pressure medication and decide to take it one day a week. You would take it every day as recommended. Its the exact same way with these vaccines. Theyre most efficient if we take them as theyve been prescribed, which is 2 shots for Pfizer and Moderna.DR. SCRASE: Also, you will be more secured if you get the second shot. Your family will be more secured, specifically in New Mexico where we have more multi-generational households than practically any other states in America.
CONCERN: What do I do if I lost my vaccine card?DR. COLLINS: You can go to vaxviewnm.org and bring up and print your immunization status.While you require that paper proof of your vaccine, its likewise a good concept to take an image of your card as a backup in case you lose it.
I have also heard that DVT can be a symptom of COVID-19 so I dont know what to do about getting the vaccine. COLLINS: She needs to get whichever vaccine is used to her. Youre more at danger from COVID itself than you are with any of the vaccines that are currently available.Health specialists say when you look at the data, youre more most likely to get a blood embolism with a major case of COVID-19 than the vaccine that safeguards versus it.
CONCERN: Does the vaccine impact fertility?DR. COLLINS: The vaccines do not impact fertility. There is no data to support that.DR. SCRASE: Many of the things that individuals are stressed over from the vaccine are actually more most likely to receive from getting COVID itself. There were some early reports about a year ago of a decrease in male fertility in people who really had a COVID infection.Dr. Scrase says if youre considering what the vaccine might or might refrain from doing, the alternative of what might take place if you get COVID-19 could be much worse.
QUESTION FROM CAROL ALLEN: I participated in the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial and got my 2nd shot January 11. Should I get a single dosage Pfizer vaccine in June or now for increased protection? Theres no way to register with the state to suggest that I have actually been vaccinated since AstraZeneca has not yet been authorized. DR. COLLINS: What were doing now with our online portal is were including another choice to indicate youve been immunized with AstraZeneca. That wasnt there before, due to the fact that we arent utilizing that here in the States unless youre part of a trial.To the point of now getting Pfizer in June, theres no sign she needs to add Pfizer to her existing routine. Shes received AstraZeneca. Now we simply need to see the data and see about annual shots, if thats going to move forward.The option to checkmark youve had an Astra Zeneca vaccine is not on the state dashboard just yet, but the state says they are working on getting that alternative up very soon.
Its two dosages of the very same vaccine for Pfizer. 2 dosages of various vaccine however very same vaccine for Moderna, both dosages. Scrase says its common for vaccines to be two doses, saying the adult shingles vaccine is now two dosages and a lot of vaccines for kids when they begin the vaccination process come in two doses.
CONCERN FROM KAREN: Can you still get COVID even after youve had the vaccine?DR. JASON MITCHELL: Thats an excellent question, Karen, I desire you to understand the vaccine is 100 percent reliable at avoiding you from passing away or being hospitalized from COVID. That being stated theres a little portion of people that could still get COVID after the vaccine, but its a mild case and wouldnt case the serious things we are worried about.

Youre more at threat from COVID itself than you are with any of the vaccines that are presently available.Health specialists say when you look at the data, youre more likely to get a blood clot with a severe case of COVID-19 than the vaccine that secures versus it.QUESTION: Does the vaccine affect fertility?DR. Scrase states if youre thinking about what the vaccine may or may not do, the option of what could occur if you get COVID-19 could be much worse.QUESTION FROM CAROL ALLEN: I got involved in the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial and got my 2nd shot January 11. Scrase says its common for vaccines to be 2 doses, stating the adult shingles vaccine is now two doses and a lot of vaccines for kids when they start the vaccination procedure come in 2 doses. Youre more at risk from COVID itself than you are with any of the vaccines that are presently available.Health experts say when you look at the statistics, youre more likely to get a blood clot with a serious case of COVID-19 than the vaccine that protects versus it.
Scrase says its common for vaccines to be 2 doses, saying the adult shingles vaccine is now 2 doses and most vaccines for kids when they begin the vaccination process come in two doses.

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