medical doctors answer your questions in regards to the new COVID vaccines

(WFSB) – docs from across the state are answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

On Tuesday, Dr. Patrick Troy, Hartford HealthCare pulmonologist, answered questions from Ch. three viewers. 

Will the vaccine be administered to patients with lively COVID-19 situations?

“It’s a tough one to answer as a result of so frequently it is the case that they don’t even understand that they have got COVID. certainly, patients who have energetic symptomatic COVID, fevers, chills, cough, muscle aches, they would not get the COVID vaccine.”

“it’s viable, besides the fact that children, that in case you didn’t comprehend you had COVID that you just could nevertheless be capable of get it. that could be ok.”

If an individual already had the coronavirus and has recovered may still they nonetheless should get the vaccine?

“There are two methods to analyze this. you probably have COVID, you’ve got some degree of an immune response, your body builds up the antibodies. however what we don’t comprehend is how a great deal do you get, basically. So, the way i might examine it for patients is with the vaccine, no matter if you’ve had COVID or you haven’t had COVID, getting the vaccine is a magnificent chance to provide your physique, in case you’ve had it, a lift to your immune gadget. And if you haven’t been uncovered, it’s a chance to improve your immune response to it. either way, the suggestion could be to get the COVID vaccine.”

will we know what the side consequences from this vaccine are?

“We know a good quantity. simply  the data, we have two vaccines which might be in fact the same element. They’re mNRA. but exceptionally over in regards to the 70,000 sufferers who had been within the trials, about half of whom obtained the vaccine, the fundamental facet outcomes that we’ve seen in any reportable quantity which are distinctive between the placebo or simply getting a little water injection in the vaccine are two main ones. One, is muscle agony and a few muscle ache at the injection web page. And the different one is fatigue. About three p.c of patients in each trials obtained that. It looks to move up a bit bit bigger after the 2nd vaccine. but the messaging here is it truly is a sign that your body is generating exactly what you need: The immune equipment response to be able to fight off COVID.”

Can the vaccine cause infertility?

“The honest reply to that question is we don’t comprehend. That hasn’t been studied yet. there is nothing that is in that vaccine that might suggest that that would be an argument. however we don’t be aware of for sure. What we do know for sure though, is in case you get COVID, there’s a very budget friendly opportunity you could get very in poor health. although you don’t get very ill, you may have lengthy-lasting side results [like] these ‘lengthy-hauler’ sufferers which are accessible. So, I believe should you type of means the backward and forward, it makes extra experience to get the vaccine as a result of what we be aware of COVID could do, specifically to pregnant moms and potentially the child as smartly.”

On Wednesday, Dr. Virginia Bieluch, Chief of Infectious ailments at the medical institution of critical Connecticut, answered a couple of greater questions. 

Is it good enough to get the vaccine in case you have extreme allergy symptoms?

“well, I consider we’re waiting for additional suggestions on this. I’m certain this could be a part of the FDA dialogue day after today and they will come out with some information in this enviornment. From my figuring out, the americans who have these reactions had up to now had reactions. They had been individuals who had EpiPens and vaccine centers need to be organized for these styles of reactions. whenever you give a medication or vaccination to a big number of people, a small percent of them are likely going to have a response and it’s very crucial that the vaccine centers know what to expect and are organized for this. and i take into account that here’s inflicting some concern, but I want individuals to center of attention on the number of lives that are going to be saved by using this vaccination and i’m sure every vaccine core will wish to do this as safely as viable.”

After getting the first of the two doses, do you need to quarantine?

“No quarantine is quintessential after you get hold of the vaccine. There are different types of vaccines being studied and those that are becoming purchasable now aren’t reside vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna items include the code for our our bodies to make a crucial protein that’s part of the virus. Our physique then raises an immune response to simply that protein and that is shielding sooner or later, that immune response to that particular protein known as the spike protein prevents the virus from inflicting infection. So, you’re no longer getting anyplace close a whole virus in these existing vaccines. however, there are some individuals who’ve a response after the vaccine, and what that reaction is, is our immune gadget waking up and asserting, ‘whats up, there’s this thing that I don’t respect, I’m going to carry out the forces to fight this off,’ and that’s our immune equipment revving up to offer protection to us for when we do definitely se the virus. that you may get a bit fever at that time, you may get some sore muscle mass, and also you doubtless are looking to seek advice from your healthcare provider if that occurs, simply to be certain as a result of fevers of route can also be an early discovering in a COVID-19 an infection. but broadly speaking, in case you get the vaccine you just go about your standard daily activities without worrying and being proud of yourself since you’re working against insurance policy.”

After you get the vaccine, when you nonetheless wear a mask in public?

“That’s a extremely superb question. And the present reply is completely sure. The reviews on the vaccines are looking at do the vaccines avoid americans from getting sick from the virus and so, they’re measuring even if or not you get symptoms. The reviews, a lot more studying needs to be executed before we can throw our masks away notwithstanding. What we don’t have the facts on yet, is whether or not or not which you could nevertheless carry the virus on your nostril, however not get unwell from it and until we understand the reply to that question is the vaccine prevents us from carrying the virus, we can all still need to wear masks. So, you understand, I feel we are able to ultimately get these records, we are able to additionally ultimately, optimistically have sufficient americans be vaccinated there might be few people that may get sick from this virus, however in the short run, the reply is keep your masks and please put on them.”

On Thursday, Dr. Troy became lower back to reply greater coronavirus vaccine questions:

If I already had COVID-19, do I still need the vaccine?

“The reply to it is, yes, for 3 causes. Let me simply stroll you during the why. So, the primary rationale is that in case you had COVID to begin with, we’re now not always bound how your immune response changed into. It seems love it’s really variable, some americans in reality robust, some individuals no longer so robust, so it’s difficult to know what kind of immune response that you just had to the COVID virus to begin with. Two, study this as a chance to give your immune equipment a real increase to COVID, so despite the fact that you saw it before, here’s an excellent reminder to immune gadget to have at it one more time. after which three, we be aware of from the records from these vaccine trials that it feels like the response you get from the vaccine is each bit as mighty as having an infection, and in many cases as much as 10 to fifteen times improved than if you in fact had the an infection itself. So, there’s three first rate reasons to get the vaccine notwithstanding you had COVID.”

is this just like the flu vaccine? Will we should get it every year?

“The answer is we don’t recognize because we don’t how long the vaccine lasts. however what i can tell you is that the trial for the vaccine is ongoing and they’re going to seem on the antibody response, no longer simply all over these time aspects, but additionally at six months, twelve months, and twenty-4 months, in an effort to be determined when it comes to how that immune device response lasts. We’re going to get that statistics down the road.”

Will there be any solution to prove that you simply obtained the vaccine? How are you able to tell if somebody else received it?

“So, I don’t recognize that we’re going to be in a position to comprehend that. I believe that one of the true logistical challenges that we’re working with at Hartford HealthCare is identifying a way to get every person in, make sure they get the equal vaccine over the acceptable time intervals. As to how that’s going to be, even if it’s publicly advantage or now not, I don’t feel we know the reply to that question yet.

How can i be certain that I could be able to get the 2nd dose on time and that it will be the same brand?

“It completely matters. So, in case you get the Pfizer vaccine, which is the vaccine that we’re speaking about presently, you need to get the second dose of the identical vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine. And in case you get the Moderna one, when that comes out, hopefully next week, identical suggestions follow. we’re going to make astonishing efforts. we are engaged on this presently at Hartford HealthCare to be sure that after we bring americans in, we comprehend, we log, you received this vaccine, here is your appointment for the next time for the accurate equal vaccine. So, we’re going to be very careful about be sure that you just get what you stared with since it’s so essential.