Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jamie J. Alexander of Boynton Beach, Florida has been working to put your health and safety first by taking extra steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our dental office on S. Federal Highway, just south of 23rd Avenue.
“My patients ask, ‘Have you been vaccinated?’ and when I say not yet, they inquire why. The answer to that question is that I have safely recovered from having had COVID-19 in October 2020. I have tested and have active antibodies, providing my body natural immunity.
I do feel it is important for dental patients to know that their healthcare teams are practicing safely, and support vaccination. We have team members that have been vaccinated and some that are safely waiting based on their physician’s suggestion. We do not mandate vaccination in our practice to our team members or patients. I do support vaccination.
I am grateful so many of our patients have received the vaccine and are safe to return to a sense of normalcy in life. “The science of vaccination is something I put trust in,” said Dr. Jamie Alexander.
The Vaccines are safe and effective. While these vaccines were developed in a shorter time frame than some other vaccines, it’s important to know that the science behind them was not rushed. These vaccines were tested by thousands of people to make sure they work and are safe for patients like you. The Food and Drug Administration reviewed the data from the tests and authorized them for emergency use after determining they are safe and effective for the public.
They won’t make you sick, but they do have some side effects. COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. They might, however, come with some side effects that make you feel uncomfortable for a short time. Because vaccines teach your body how to recognize and fight off a COVID-19 infection, you might feel some of the symptoms you’d get if your body were fighting off the real virus. This is actually a sign the vaccine is working in your body.
Like with a flu shot, your arm may be red and tender at the site of the shot. Throughout the rest of your body, you may feel fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. Some people experience no side effects whatsoever.
You should still get the vaccine, even if you’ve had COVID-19. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 have some natural immunity that may protect them from getting sick again, but some people do get re-infected. It’s unclear how long natural immunity to COVID-19 lasts and it can vary from person to person. The CDC recommends that people who’ve had COVID-19 still get the vaccine.
What should you do and not do after vaccination? To learn details about what you may start doing after being fully vaccinated, Dr. Alexander recommends you refer to CDC publications, as new knowledge is constantly emerging based on scientific evidence. As of April 2021, the CDC provides current recommendations in this article, When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.
Even with many of our patients being fully vaccinated, we will continue to keep our safety protocols in place. Together we can beat this pandemic.