Dear Families and Friends of VNA Health,
UNITED WE STAND! As our Central Coast communities unite with people across the nation to celebrate our country’s reopening, let’s celebrate our shared triumphs! From the grocery clerk to the teacher, from the delivery driver to our tireless medical community, we united against the COVID19 pandemic with resilience, faith, and cooperation.
VNA Health was (and still is) on the front lines caring for COVID patients and families. I’ve never been more proud of our care teams: suiting up in full PPE for ALL patients so that everyone stays safe; undergoing weekly COVID tests; and putting their heart into their work even when weary. Their work isn’t a job; it’s a calling.
Our care teams are able to provide exceptional hospice, palliative, and home health care because of strong support from our outstanding administrative teams, dedicated volunteers, remarkable Board of Directors, and generous donors. I often say it takes a village, and the past 18 months have clearly proven that. Together, we have persevered through the pandemic to regain our independence from this virus.
VNA Health has much to be proud of regarding our response to the pandemic. In spite of the many challenges faced as millions were infected and pandemic fatigue set in, our agency persevered and responded to each ensuing crisis with strength and leadership. The deep commitment of staff to our organization, and more importantly, to our patients, enabled us to keep our patients and their families safe. We invented new ways of working and communicating, but we never stopped caring for or serving our communities.
As we move forward, we must remain ever vigilant about maintaining safety precautions and continuing to follow public health guidelines. VNA Health joins our medical colleagues to urge our community to get vaccinated. The COVID vaccine is extremely effective at preventing death or serious illness caused by the virus.
Now it’s time to hug your loved ones again! Enjoy this summer, celebrate our country’s independence, and be safe and healthy!
Let’s Get to ImmUNITY!
Lynda Tanner, RN, MSN
President & CEO
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COVID19 VACCINES
WHAT COVID19 VACCINES ARE APPROVED IN THE UNITED STATES?
As of March 1, 2021, there are three vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) commonly known as Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Below is a comparison table identifying the Strategy, Efficacy, Dosage, and Side Effects of each vaccine. Learn more about the vaccines from the CDC.
IS THE COVID19 VACCINE SAFE?
First, it is important to know that the COVID19 vaccines do not cause the disease COVID19. The goal of the vaccines is to teach our immune system how to fight the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID19. The three vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization for only adults and older teens (not children) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s high safety standards are globally recognized, and the safety of COVID19 vaccines will continually be monitored to ensure even very rare side effects are identified.
HOW DO THE COVID19 VACCINES WORK?
Think of your immune system like an Emergency Preparedness Plan: BE AWARE, BE PREPARED, BE READY. Vaccines work with your immune system by making your body aware and prepared for the potential virus so that your body will be ready to fight the virus if exposed. It does this by prompting an immune response to a part of the virus – a specific protein code on the spikes of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The vaccine prepares your body to build its own arsenal of germ fighting white blood cells called B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes. Once your own white blood cells defeat the vaccine-specific protein code, your body remains prepared by keeping a “memory” supply of these particular B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes, so that if you become exposed to the real virus, your body is ready to fight.
You should know that sometimes, after vaccination, the process of building the immune response can cause symptoms, such as pain at the injection site and fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Also, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes after vaccination. So, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID19 just before or just after vaccination, and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.