Together, we can keep our community safe. We know that the vaccine is the way forward and out of this pandemic, and we believe strongly that it is safe and effective.
At Huntington Hospital, we are so grateful to have received the COVID-19 vaccine. As directed by Pasadena Public Health and federal guidelines, we are vaccinating physicians, employees and affiliates who fall within our ethical framework for deployment. These are the heroes on the frontlines of care at the hospital, or actively working to support those who are.
Vaccines Not Yet Available to the Public
We have not yet received a supply of vaccine or direction to extend vaccinations to the greater public. We are working closely with Pasadena Public Health and will update this page frequently.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Q. Who is getting vaccinated at Huntington Hosiptal?
A. As directed by Pasadena Public Health and federal guidelines, we are vaccinating physicians, employees and affiliates who fall within our ethical framework for deployment. Our tiering system determines priority based on vaccine availability and is based on an ethical framework that considers risk of COVID-19 exposure by job class or location of work with additional considerations. A task force with representation from bioethics, infection prevention, clinical and administrative leadership is overseeing assignments within tiers.
Q. Is Huntington Hospital vaccinating the public?
A. No. At this time, we have not yet received a supply of vaccine or direction to extend vaccinations to the greater public. We are working closely with Pasadena Public Healthy and will update this page frequently.
Due to limitations in our current supply, we are also unable to extend vaccinations to formerly active staff, (i.e., emeritus or resigned) or organizations.
Q. When will the vaccine be available to me?
A. Pasadena Public Health is working with healthcare system partners to make vaccine available to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, in the order of the CA Department of Public Health prioritization.
To learn more about the phases for the rollout and who falls in which phase, visit COVID-19 Vaccine – Public Health Department (cityofpasadena.net).
At this time, the vaccine allocation that has been supplied to Pasadena will allow frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility staff and residents to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.
We are working closely with Pasadena Public Health and stand ready to assist in the vaccination effort.
Q. I’m a community provider, can I get vaccinated at Huntington Hospital?
A.We have not yet been chartered, or supplied vaccine, to extend vaccinations to non-affiliated community providers (including formerly active staff, i.e., emeritus or resigned), organizations or the greater public. We will work with Pasadena Public Health to support broader vaccination efforts as vaccine supplies become available and as directed. We will provide updates as the situation changes.
City and County Resources for Vaccinating Community Providers
In support of Public Health’s commitment to protect those who care for our community, we are so pleased to share the below information for community providers within Phase 1a:
City of Pasadena is providing vaccinations to practitioners who reside or practice in the city (must have a Pasadena residential or business address):
- Click here and fill out the information on the form to be notified when vaccine is available.
Los Angeles County has a similar effort underway:
- Providers outside of Pasadena but within LA County can visit this site and click on the link to sign up for notifications when vaccination appointments become available.
In addition, community providers may find information to register with the COVIDReadi program.
- Click here to learn more about the COVIDReadi program and registration process.
- Click here to begin the registration process.
Q. What do we know about the COVID-19 vaccines?
A. The FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine on December 11 and for the Moderna vaccine on December 18. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, 21-28 days apart, respectively. The second dose must be from the same manufacturer as the first dose (i.e., you cannot get one dose of Moderna and the other from Pfizer, or vice versa).
Q. Is the vaccine safe?
A. Yes. At Huntington Hospital we know the vaccine is safe. There have been no reported serious safety concerns from the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The CDC and the FDA continue to monitor individuals who have received the vaccine to ensure there’s no evidence of even rare safety issues. COVID-19 can be a fatal or debilitating disease, even in young, healthy people. The risks from contracting the virus are greater than the possible risks from receiving the vaccine.
We encourage you to read this Mayo Clinic article debunking COVID-19 vaccine myths.
Click to read the Mayo Clinic “COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked” article.
Here’s a link to more information from the CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
Q. Are there any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?
A. Most side effects reported were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within 24 hours. Side effects included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.
Here’s a link to the FDA site with more information: www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine
Q. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A. No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use only a gene from the virus while other vaccines being studied use inactivated virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.
Q. How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me?
A. It normally takes about two to three weeks for cellular immunity to develop and several weeks for a full antibody response.
Q. If I have had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine?
A. Yes. While individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 do produce antibodies, the antibody levels and how long they last are not known. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you can wait 90 days before getting a vaccine.
Q. Will I have to continue wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?
A. Yes. We should all continue wearing face masks, practicing excellent hand hygiene and social distancing until enough vaccine is manufactured and distributed, until we know how long a vaccine will protect us, and until our community shows levels of minimal spread.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html