COVID-19 Vaccine Experiences from Asheville Neurology Staff Members
Post by Nikki Madle, Administrative Operations Manager– Asheville Neurology Specialists
Asheville Neurology WILL NOT be providing the vaccine at our office.
Once they call you to schedule, you will be given an appointment and vaccine site location. They will tell you to bring your ID and Insurance but neither is required for you to get the vaccine.
Many of us received our vaccines at the AB-Tech Vaccine site so the rest of this information is specific to that site.
In regards to COVID-19 safety protocols at this specific site, we are excited to report that each of our staff members experiences so far have been as efficient and as safe as they probably could have made it. All waiting areas were spaced out so that no individual was too close to another. Every person wore a mask throughout the entire experience. After each person got up from a chair, a volunteer moved in to sanitize the seat before another sat down.
HOW IT WORKS
- When you arrive they will ask you for your name and appointment time in order to verify your appointment. You will then be sent to a volunteer, who will ask for your name/address/birthdate/and a phone number or email (that they will use to remind you about your second vaccine). If you brought your ID and Insurance info they will just obtain it from those documents. They will also give you a vaccine info card which your nurse will fill out later in the process.
- Next you will proceed to another waiting area where you will fill in your demographic info and a questionnaire about allergies. You will also sign a consent to receive the vaccine.
- Next, they will review your questionnaire and send you to a nurse station. If you do have allergies, they may have a doctor talk with you to get more information about those allergies prior to getting the injection and you will likely wait for a longer period of time in observation just to make sure everything is okay.
- Many of us in our office have agreed that it’s less painful than an annual flu shot and a few report not feeling the injection at all.
- Once you get the injection, they will give you your appointment date and location for your second vaccine dose. It is important to keep this appointment and proceed with the vaccine as scheduled (unless your primary care provider says otherwise) as the first dose brings you to about 45-48 percent immunity against COVID-19 and the second brings it closer to 90-96 percent. Of course these percentages vary depending on which vaccine you are getting as well as your individual immune system.
- Your second injection will likely be a drive-through (like some COVID-19 testing sites) at a different location. They will tell you for sure when you get your first injection.
- After the injection, they have you wait in the observation area for 15 minutes. If you have had any allergies to immunizations in the past, they will likely make you wait longer just to be safe.
- After the 15-30 minutes are up, you get to leave and go on with your day! In our experience, It’s quick, efficient and relatively painless.
Even after receiving both vaccines it will be important for us to continue to practice social distancing and mask use for at least a while longer, as our population begins to build herd immunity to COVID-19. This will only happen after a certain percentage of individuals get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
If your curious to know about the side effects our staff experienced with the vaccine injections, the majority of individuals only felt a little soreness at the injection site that was present for a day or two after the first injection. Some also felt fatigue/or a slight headache.
The second injection has caused some of our staff members to feel feverish/tired/achy, but this resolved within a few days as well. These staff members all agreed that these symptoms were well worth it, in order to avoid getting COVID-19 and all the complications that come with that for 2+ weeks.
SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE?
Ultimately the decision is yours to make. We recommend consulting with your Allergist/Primary Care Provider in order to determine whether or not the vaccine will be safe for you. To read Asheville Neurology’s Position Statement on the COVID-19 Vaccine, you can check out our previous blog post here: COVID-19 Vaccine Statement.