TO: Tribal Health Community

FR: Chelsea Kleinmeyer, Community Nursing Division Director

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Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: 

 

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. 

 

CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. 

 

All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. 

 

CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. 

 

Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. 

 

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. 

 

COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. 

 

People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

 

Tribal Health will also pause in the use of the J&J vaccine until further notice.

 

Tribal Health patients are encouraged to reach out to the Tribal Health COVID Hotlines with any questions or concerns at:

 

COVID-19 HOTLINE AND EMAIL

 

Tribal Health Nurses are staffing a community Hotline and Email to help answer questions and concerns including: 

 

  • Questions about the COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • Help connect patients with other resources of the CSKT and the valley

 

CALL: 406-849-5798. 

Monday - Friday 

8:00am - 4:30pm

 

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Staff will respond to emails within 24 hours

If you are 16+ years old, and live on the Flathead Reservation or Lake County, you can get your COVID-19 vaccination NOW from Tribal Health.
 
 
Who is eligible?
 
Anyone 16+ years old (who live on the Flathead Reservation or Lake County)
 
 
Fill out an online form for a COVID Vaccine Appointment found HERE, or also found on the homepage of CSKThealth.org
 
Search for a vaccination clinic site by using Polson (59860) or Arlee (59821) zip codes.
 
 
 
Moderna vaccine is for 18 years and older, Pfizer vaccine is for 16 years and older. 
 
Please call Tribal Health at (406) 745-3525 with questions. 

Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.

 

As more members of our community get vaccinated, please find the following question and answers to learn more about what to expect.

 

How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine do you need?

 

  • There are currently three vaccines authorized for use at this time, and include the names Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson.
  • Moderna and Pfizer both need a series of 2 shots.
  • The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
  • Currently Tribal Health is using both Moderna and Pfizer for the general patient population, though the state supply is shifting toward more Pfizer vaccines for Tribal Health at this time.
  • The minimum age to get the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines is 18 years, and for Pfizer it is 16 years.

 

Who can receive the vaccine?

 

Currently, Tribal Health is receiving enough vaccines from the state to vaccinate:

 

        1. Any person who is American Indian;
        2. Any person who is a member of a household with American Indians; 
        3. Any person who is an employee of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

 

What is the process for getting scheduled and receiving a vaccine?

 

  • Those interested in getting vaccinated should fill out the COVID Vaccine Appointment Request form found here.  
  • The form can also be located by going to the home page of the Tribal Health website at www.CSKThealth.org.
  • Once you have completed the online form and preregistration, a Tribal Health staff member will call you set up an appointment for the first vaccine dose.
  • For those who cannot fill out the online form, please call Tribal Health at 406-745-3525 to schedule a COVID vaccination appointment.

 

How much time should I plan to make for my vaccination appointment?

 

  • Once a patient is scheduled, they will come to the designated site at their scheduled time.
  • They will fill out some paperwork and then get vaccinated in one of their upper arms.
  • After getting the dose, each patient will be asked to wait for at least 15-30 minutes of monitoring to be sure that the patient does not have an adverse reaction.
  • Patients will receive information to register for V-SAFE (an app based program that checks on you for symptoms).
  • Patients will leave with a reminder card for the next vaccine date.

 

How and when do I schedule the second dose of vaccine?

 

  • The Moderna vaccine requires a booster shot within 28 days of the first dose.
  • The Pfizer vaccine requires a booster shot within 21 days of the first dose.
  • At the time of your first vaccine dose, you will be given a reminder card from your health care provider that includes the date for your second vaccine dose.  
  • If you cannot commit to coming to a second appointment for the second dose, Tribal Health cannot guarantee a second dose for you. 
  • Each patient will be asked at the time of their first dose appointment to verify that they will be able to make the second appointment. 
  • Please remember to bring this vaccination card with you to your second appointment.

 

What are the most common side effects?

 

  • It is common to have some soreness at the site of vaccinations. 
  • In addition, people can also experience fever, chills, tiredness and headaches. 
  • These are often short lasting, a few days for most. 
  • Having these side effects does NOT mean that you have COVID-19.

 

If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, can I get the COVID vaccine?

 

  • ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and gynecologists) recommend that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to breastfeeding individuals similar to other individuals when they meet criteria based on priority groups.
  • If you have questions, talk with your primary care provider.

 

If I get the vaccine, can I get COVID from the vaccine itself?

 

  • The vaccine is not a live virus, and does not affect a patient’s DNA.
  • Your body develops an immune response to protect you from the coronavirus.
  • You CANNOT get COVID from the vaccine.
  • There are some instances where patients may inadvertently receive the vaccine while they are asymptomatic (positive COVID without symptoms).

 

If I get COVID, should I get the vaccine?

 

  • We are still encouraging patients to get vaccinated after they have recovered or have been released from isolation. 
  • People do build immunity after illness, but we are not able to tell if that will prevent people from getting COVID again. 
  • The vaccine has a measured response or effectiveness that can be scientifically proven.

 

Can I get the flu vaccine at the same time?

 

  • Current CDC guidance is to wait for 14-days before getting any other vaccines. 

 

Will I still need to wear a mask when I receive the vaccine? 

  • The vaccines are effective 2 weeks after you have received the second dose. 
  • While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it is very important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic.  Please continue to wear a mask over your mouth and nose, wash your hands often, and stay at least 6 feet away from others.

 

Below please find some educational resources to help you learn more:

 

DID YOU KNOW???
 
If you are American Indian, you can get your COVID-19 vaccination NOW from Tribal Health.
 
 
Who is eligible?
 
>>>American Indians<<<
(enrolled Tribal Members AND any degree of descendents too)
 
 
 
>>Non-tribal Family Members<<
(who live with American Indians)
 
 
 
>>All CSKT Employees<<
 
 
 
>>All Educators<<
(who live or work on the Reservation)
 
Fill out an online form for a COVID Vaccine Appointment found HERE, or also found on the homepage of CSKThealth.org
 
 
 
Once the form is submitted, a Tribal Health staff member will call to schedule your appointment for vaccination.
 
Moderna vaccine is for 18 years and older, Pfizer vaccine is for 16 years and older. 
 
Please call Tribal Health at (406) 745-3525 with questions. 

 

FROM:  Chelsea Kleinmeyer, Community Health Division Director

 

Tribal Health continues to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to advocate for available allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations for our community.

 

Currently, Tribal Health is receiving enough vaccines from the state to vaccinate:

 

        1. Any person who is American Indian;
        2. Any person who is a member of a household with American Indians; 
        3. Any person who is an employee of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

 

Those interested in getting vaccinated should fill out the COVID Vaccine Appointment Request form found here.  The form can also be located by going to the home page of the Tribal Health website at www.CSKThealth.org.

 

Once you have registered, a Tribal Health staff member will call you to schedule a time to come into a Tribal Health clinic for the vaccination.

 

Right now, Tribal Health is offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which need to be given in two doses, approximately 28 days apart.  The vaccines can only be given to those 16+ years old.

 

Upon arrival to your appointment, each patient will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.  Each patient will also receive information about the vaccine, and a card that has the date to receive the second dose of the vaccine, which is approximately 28 days after the first dose.  After receiving the vaccine, patients will be asked to stay for an additional 15-30 minutes for post-vaccination monitoring.

 

As always, this planning is subject to change, according to availability of the vaccines. 

 

Tribal Health providers encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic.  Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more:

 

FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CDC COVID Vaccine Information

 

The full benefits of immunity are not reached until two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, so as cases of COVID continue to rise, Tribal Health reminds everyone that it is critical now to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. Also, minimize gatherings, potlucks and delay travel if possible. 

 

A draft of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan can be found here.

 

For more information, please visit the Tribal Health website at www.cskthealth.org.

 

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