COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For the latest information for PWCS employees on COVID Vaccines, please visit the PWCS Vaccine FAQs page.

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series consist of two doses administered intramuscularly:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (30 µg, 0.3 ml each): 3 weeks (21 days) apart
  • Moderna (100 µg, 0.5 ml): 1 month (28 days) apart

The above recommended window for second dose administration should be followed (i.e., 3 weeks [Pfizer-BioNTech] or 1 month [Moderna]). Second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are considered valid. Doses inadvertently administered earlier than the grace period should not be repeated.

The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

Administration Summary:

  • CDC continues to recommend that people get their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as close to the recommended interval as possible (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech, and one month for Moderna).
  • CDC’s updated guidance was revised to allow for second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the firstif it is not feasibleto adhere to the recommendedinterval. CDC is not advocating for people to delay getting their second dose, but the data from clinical trials support this range.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine against the virus?
Both vaccines have two doses. The Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective 2 days after the second dose. The Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective seven days after the second dose. Efficacy after one dose of each vaccine has not been studied.
Are the vaccines safe?
Yes, both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have gone through rigorous testing to ensure their safety. The CDC has safety measures in place across the country to monitor and identify any safety issues.
How long do I need to wait before getting my second dose?
The Moderna doses are taken 28 days apart and the Pfizer doses are taken 21 days apart. An appointment to receive your second dose will be setup for you at your first vaccination.
How do I receive my second dose?
You MUST receive your second dose from the same provider where you received your first dose vaccination. Please see the information below for receiving your second dose vaccine.

If you received your first dose vaccination through Inova: You can walk-in 17-21 days after the first vaccination at their facility in Fairfax. Inova is in the process of setting up online appointments, so things could change between now and your next vaccination. So, keep an eye out from emails from Inova as well. 

If you received your first dose vaccination through Novant Health: Novant will send you an email on how to proceed on receiving the second vaccination closer to your due date. 
If I received my first dose through Inova, can I receive my second dose through Novant?
No, you MUST receive your second dose from the same healthcare provider you received your first dose at. Second dose shots are automatically sent to the provider you received your first dose shot at because there are limited numbers of doses.
If I received my first dose through Novant, can I receive my second dose through Inova?
No, you MUST receive your second dose from the same healthcare provider you received your first dose at. Second dose shots are automatically sent to the provider you received your first dose shot at because there are limited numbers of doses.

For more information, please visit:

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FDA website)

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FDA website)

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

 

COVID-19 Medical Plan Support

To ensure that PWCS employees and their family members get the care and support they need, our Benefits vendors have updated their COVID-19 coverage recommendations and resources based on the latest information available. Please visit these pages to see services being offered.

 


Mental Health Resources

PWCS Mental Health Resources Page


Health and Safety Guidance for the Holidays and Gatherings

CDC Holiday/Gatherings planning guidance website


COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant and Lactating Women

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women?
Yes, pregnant women may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Consult with your physician before receiving the vaccine.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for lactating (breastfeeding) women?
Yes, lactating women may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Consult with your physician before receiving the vaccine.
Can I pass on COVID-19 to my baby if I receive the vaccine?
No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not a live form of the virus, it is made of mRNA and cannot be passed on to the child if a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause me to go into early labor, pregnancy loss, or still birth?
According to Cleveland Clinic, because the COVID-19 vaccine is made of mRNA, it is not likely to cause early labor, pregnancy loss, still birth, or congenital anomalies.
Will receiving the COVID-19 vaccine change mine or my child’s DNA?
No, the two approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) use mRNA, which does not enter the nucleus of a cell, therefore it cannot change DNA.
Will my child receive immunity if I take the vaccine and I am breastfeeding?
No, your child will not receive immunity from you through breastfeeding if you take the vaccine.
When can I receive the vaccine?
You will be notified when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Currently, vaccination is in Phase 1b, which includes essential workers, people aged 65 and older, people aged 16-64 with underlying medical conditions, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps.
What if I do not want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccine is not mandatory and you do not have to receive it if you do not wish.

***Always consult with your physician/healthcare provider before receiving the vaccine.

 

Delta Dental COVID-19 Support


Members Should Watch for COVID-19-Related Scams and Unsolicited Offers of Retirement Services

Even in times of crisis, the unscrupulous find opportunities for exploitation. Already, there have been reports of scammers using calls, emails and texts to sell bogus COVID-19 tests and vaccines, solicit donations for non-existent charities and to pry personal information from people waiting for CARES Act relief checks.

Not long after the Social Security Administration announced office closures in response to the pandemic, scammers sent letters to beneficiaries threatening suspension of their Social Security benefits unless they called a phone number to provide money or personal information.

From time to time, VRS receives reports from members and employers that various companies or groups have contacted them via email or phone to offer retirement counseling services or insurance products. With passage of the CARES Act, which allows coronavirus-related distributions from certain retirement plans, unsolicited calls to members may increase.

Please be aware:

  • VRS does not use unsolicited calls to contact members to offer services.
  • VRS does not sell services; all benefit counseling is free to members and retirees.
  • Correspondence from VRS will arrive by U.S. mail on official letterhead.
  • Emails from VRS will be sent from a “varetire.org” address and include the VRS logo and copyright.
  • VRS staff do not come to members’ homes to discuss benefits.

The VRS Security Center offers fraud prevention and online safety tips.


Employee Assistance Program COVID-19 Support 

The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has put organizations and employees on alert. This information can help keep employees informed about the coronavirus, as well as offer guidance on how to remain healthy and deal with the emotional impacts of the outbreak. Keep in mind that your GuidanceResources program is available to you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist with virtually any issue. 

Coronavirus EAP Resources

For direct assistance from ComPsych:

Call the EAP toll-free at 844.880.6915

To access the ComPsych site, log onto the Guidance Resources website.

Register with the Web ID: PWCS


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