As a nurse, you work hard to ensure the health and safety of your patients. At CareLinx, we’re doing the same for you by ensuring all of our Nurse OnDemand providers have access to COVID-19 vaccines, personal protective equipment (PPE) and the information they need to stay safe. Keep reading to learn how CareLinx supports nursing professionals during the pandemic and how you can educate your patients about the COVID-19 vaccine.
How CareLinx supports nurses during the pandemic
We are proud to say that the majority of CareLinx healthcare professionals are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment at a vaccination center near you.
To support the health and well-being of nursing professionals and patients, CareLinx is:
- Staying up to date on the latest protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We’ll continue to adapt our healthcare policies as CDC guidelines change over the coming months.
- Communicating regularly with nurses. All CareLinx nursing professionals are assigned a dedicated care manager who regularly communicates with them about safety protocols set forth by Cal/OSHA.
- Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for your safety.
- Rolling out a new technological enhancement that tags nursing professionals who have been vaccinated for COVID-19, ensuring families receive the safest care possible from caregivers.
- Partnering with skilled nursing facilities that strictly abide by COVID-19 infection prevention standards.
Educating your patients about the COVID-19 vaccine
As a healthcare professional, you’ve likely received questions about the vaccine. Here are some facts from the CDC you can share with patients, family and friends.
Which COVID-19 vaccines are available?
There are currently three vaccines authorized and recommended by the CDC for adults:
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (two-dose series given 21 days apart for people 16 and older)
- Moderna vaccine (two-dose series given 28 days apart for people 18 and older)
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (one-dose vaccine for people 18 and older)
All three vaccines have been approved by the FDA and are safe, effective and reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death.
Do the COVID-19 vaccines protect against all COVID-19 variants?
The current data suggests the three approved vaccines are effective against most COVID-19 variants. However, some variants could cause illness in vaccinated people. The CDC is continually monitoring the effectiveness of the vaccines against variants of the virus.
Who is considered fully vaccinated?
Adults are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they’ve had their second dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
How do mRNA vaccines work?
While messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are new to the public, researchers have been studying them for decades. Because of the way these vaccines are made, they can be developed faster than other types of vaccines.
Many other vaccines contain a weakened or inactivated germ to teach the body to create an immune response, but mRNA vaccines are different. The mRNA vaccine teaches the body’s cells how to make a harmless piece of a “spike protein,” which is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. Once the body sees this spike protein, it creates an immune response that produces antibodies. The cell then breaks down and destroys the mRNA when it’s done using these instructions. From there, the body knows how to protect itself against future infection.
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccine cannot cause someone to develop COVID-19. They also do not change or interact with your DNA. It’s normal for the body to have mild and temporary side effects – such as a low-grade fever, chills and achiness – after getting the vaccine. This is a sign the body is responding to the vaccine and is working to produce antibodies against COVID-19.
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