Your COVID-19
Resource Center

At Premise Health, we’re committed to providing the
information and care you need during this time. Read on
for more information to help you get, stay and be well.

Your COVID-19
Resource Center

At Premise Health, we’re committed to
providing the information and care you need
during this time. Read on for more information
to help you get, stay and be well.

We are actively monitoring the situation with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. See below for updates as of 4/13/21 at 2 p.m. CST and reference our FAQs for more information.

COVID-19 vaccine updates

Updated 4/13/21

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use in the United States, but what does that mean for you?

In the first phase of the rollout, initial doses of the vaccines went to those with the highest risk of infection, such as healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities, followed by essential workers, older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions. Distribution to the general adult public is now ongoing in several states. However, these groups differ from state to state, so if you believe you qualify for early vaccination and have not yet received notice, contact your healthcare provider for more information and guidance.

As of April 13, 2021, administration of one of the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines, Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, has been put on pause out of an abundance of caution. The pause comes after a report of 6 cases of a rare kind of blood clot that appears to affect women of reproductive age. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to discuss the cases and the FDA has an investigation underway. The pause is planned to last only a few days for review of the available information and outreach to providers with guidance will follow. Until that process is complete, all Premise Health wellness centers will pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For more information, please view our FAQs below and reach out to your healthcare provider for further guidance.

What we’re doing to help:

Premise Health is actively monitoring state vaccine distribution plans and vaccinating our members whenever possible. Once the vaccines become more readily available and the eligible populations expand, we will administer COVID-19 vaccines at more of our wellness centers in accordance with federal, state and manufacturer guidelines.

Until then, we will remain a valuable resource for guidance on the vaccine, as well as continued COVID-19 testing and support. Check back regularly for updates.

COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs

All three of the vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use (EUA) in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been deemed safe and 65-95% effective at preventing symptomatic, lab-confirmed COVID-19. It’s important to call out that all authorized vaccines have near-100% efficacy in protecting against severe COVID-19 cases that require hospitalization or cause death.

Although the COVID-19 authorization was prioritized to expedite getting vaccines to the public, the standard safety trials and procedures were followed to ensure safety and effectiveness. The FDA follows rigorous standards and will only give emergency use authorization (EUA) if the vaccine candidates meet their qualifications.

While mRNA vaccines seem new, researchers have been studying them for decades. They were a favorable choice for the COVID-19 vaccine because they can be created in a lab using readily available materials, which means they can be developed faster than more traditional methods of making vaccines. Basically, rather than triggering an immune response with a weakened or inactive virus, the mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response and helps produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus to protect us from future infection.

The most recent vaccine to receive EUA, Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, is not an mRNA vaccine. It is an adenovirus vaccine, which uses genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and combines it with another virus, a common adenovirus (a cause of the common cold) so that the genetic material can get into the vaccine recipient’s cells and develop the spike protein. The body responds by developing antibodies.

Neither vaccine platform, mRNA or adenovirus, are live vaccine, so they cannot cause COVID-19. The key difference in the Janssen vaccine is that it does not require frozen storage and only requires one dose of the vaccine, unlike the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, which require frozen storage and two doses.

¹ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, December 18). Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html

Of the thousands of vaccine trial participants, there have been very few serious side effects reported. Some individuals have had allergic reactions to the vaccine and because of this, you will be asked about your history of severe, life-threatening allergic reactions prior to being vaccinated.

Mild to moderate, temporary side effects include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, fever and aching muscles and joints for a day or two after vaccination. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do, working and building up protection to disease, and are preferable to the alternative of getting COVID-19.

While no vaccine is 100% effective, the authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing the disease and even more effective at preventing severe cases and hospitalizations. By getting the vaccine and continuing to follow CDC guidelines like wearing a mask and social distancing, you’re also helping to prevent the spread and protecting others around you from getting the virus.

While we know there is an increased risk of severe illness among older patients with COVID-19, even young survivors who were physically fit prior to getting COVID-19 have reported lingering symptoms months after infection. The long-term symptoms of COVID-19 can include fatigue, difficulty breathing, cough, joint pain, chest pain, cognitive impairment, depression, muscle pain, headache, fever and palpitations. More serious complications of COVID-19 can include long-term heart disease, acute kidney injury, rash, hair loss, smell and taste dysfunction, sleep dysregulation, depression, anxiety and changes in mood.

Based on early data from clinical trials, the vaccine may prevent severe illness and long-term symptoms of COVID-19, should you get the virus after being vaccinated. 

The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge in the United States. However, providers can charge a fee for administering the shot to you. Your insurance will likely cover this added fee and there are public funds to cover fees for those without insurance, so cost should not be a barrier to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Tuesday, April 13th the CDC and FDA issued a statement regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. They are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution after the report of 6 cases of a rare kind of blood clot that appears to affect women of reproductive age.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to discuss the cases and the FDA has an investigation underway. Until that process is complete, all Premise Health wellness centers will pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further notice.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (also known as the Janssen vaccine) within the last three weeks, while the risk is low, you should be on the lookout and seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

These are not the same as symptoms associated with the side effects of the vaccine, which typically occur on days 1-3 post-vaccination.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 1 month ago, there is minimal to no risk of this adverse reaction occurring, and you do not need to take any further actions.

If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you do not need to be concerned and there is nothing you need to do at this time.

Premise Health is actively vaccinating at many of our centers, serving members who are “in-phase” in their states. As more vaccine becomes available, Premise plans to procure and administer the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with federal, state and manufacturer guidelines.

Regardless of when the COVID-19 vaccine is available at your wellness center, our staff will still act as a valuable resource for guidance on the vaccine, as well as continued COVID-19 testing and support. Please visit our COVID-19 resource page at PremiseHealth.com/Covid19for more information and ways we can support you through the pandemic.

Although the authorizations were prioritized to expedite getting vaccines to the public, the standard safety trials and procedures were followed to ensure safety and effectiveness. The FDA follows rigorous standards and will only give emergency use authorization (EUA) if the vaccine candidates meet their qualifications.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been put on hold, out of an abundance of caution, until further investigation of the reported rare side effect is complete.

While mRNA vaccines seem new, researchers have been studying them for decades. They were a favorable choice for the COVID-19 vaccine because they can be created in a lab using readily available materials, which means they can be developed faster than more traditional methods of making vaccines. Basically, rather than triggering an immune response with a weakened or inactive virus, the mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response and helps produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus to protect us from future infection.

No, your DNA is inside your cells. The vaccine components never enter your cells’ DNA and do not affect your genetic code.

All the vaccines available under the emergency use authorization (EUA) in the U.S. were tested in a diverse group of adults spanning different races, ethnicities and ages. There were no significant safety concerns identified in these or any other groups.

Some participants in the clinical trials reported temporary, mild to moderate side effects after receiving their vaccine. The side effects were fairly similar to that of the flu vaccine and included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, fever and aching muscles and joints for a day or two. Serious side effects are very rare, but typically if someone is going to have an allergic reaction to a vaccine it will likely occur in people who have had severe reactions in the past. If you have had an anaphylaxis reaction to a vaccine previously, you may have some additional screening/monitoring during the vaccination visit.

In general, side effects to the vaccines are temporary, and mild to moderate side effects are preferable to the alternative of getting COVID-19, so they should not deter you from receiving the vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do – working and building up protection against disease.

Of the tens of thousands of vaccine trial participants, there have been very few serious side effects reported. Some individuals have had allergic reactions to the vaccine, but it is extremely rare. As a precaution, you will be asked about any history of severe, life-threatening allergic reactions prior to being vaccinated. Everyone who receives the vaccine will be required to wait 15 minutes after vaccination for observation and 30 minutes if you have a history of anaphylaxis to ensure you do not have an unexpected, adverse reaction to the vaccine.

If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, and particularly to vaccines, ask your provider for further guidance on whether you should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

You likely will not be able to choose the vaccine you receive. It will depend on your local area and what is available there, based on what your state health department can order and distribute. It may also depend on what your local hospital or wellness center can accommodate.

It is important to know that all the vaccines currently available in the U.S. are highly effective, safe and prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Yes, because the 1-dose and 2-dose vaccines are different. If you started the 2-dose series, your antibody development and protection against the virus is based on having two doses of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge in the United States. However, providers can charge a fee for administering the shot to you. Your insurance will likely cover this added fee and there are public funds to cover fees for those without insurance, so cost should not be a barrier to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The federal government is working with vaccine manufacturers to ensure adequate supply. High-risk populations will receive the vaccine first, followed by the general public. It is anticipated that all eligible persons will have the vaccine made available to them by April 19, 2021.

Studies on COVID-19 vaccine safety in children are still ongoing, so the CDC has not recommended those under the age of 16 get the vaccine at this time. Also, pregnant women and those who are immunocompromised can get the vaccine but are encouraged to discuss any questions they may have with their healthcare provider first.

As of now, experts recommend that all other parts of the population should get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s made available, to help slow the spread and ultimately end the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are unsure, talk with your healthcare provider.

Yes, people who have had COVID-19 already are eligible to receive the vaccine and should do so. If you currently have COVID-19, you should wait until the end of your isolation period before you get your vaccine.

Yes, there is a small chance you could still get COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine because even though the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective no vaccine is 100% effective. So, even though you could potentially still get the virus, you’re much less likely to get it if you’ve had the vaccine.

It’s also important to note that the vaccine may prevent severe illness and long-term symptoms of COVID-19 if you get it. This is important, because even young survivors who were physically fit prior to getting COVID-19 have reported lingering symptoms months after infection. This is called post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS for short). PACS symptoms can include fatigue, difficulty breathing, cough, joint pain, chest pain, cognitive impairment, depression, muscle pain, headache, fever and palpitations. More serious complications of COVID-19 can include heart disease, acute kidney injury, rash, hair loss, smell and taste dysfunction, sleep dysregulation, depression, anxiety and changes in mood.

Those who get the COVID-19 vaccine should still take other protections such as wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing and more.

In certain situations, possibly! The CDC has published guidelines for how vaccinated people can interact with other vaccinated people indoors and without masks, as well as how vaccinated people can safely spend time with non-vaccinated people who are not high risk for severe disease. These guidelines are not for healthcare or work settings and may be a bit confusing. If you are unsure, you should discuss with your healthcare provider or review the information on the CDC guidelines.

In all other settings, health experts say that they will continue to advise wearing masks and social distancing until it is safe to resume pre-pandemic conditions. We need all the tools available to stop the spread, which includes the vaccine and the protection tactics recommended by top health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). The best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19 will be getting vaccinated, while continuing to follow CDC guidelines like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, washing your hands often, etc.

Download the PDF version of our FAQs here.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, reach out to your healthcare provider or check out: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/

COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know.

In this conversational Q&A from March 3, 2021, our very own Meghan McManama, DNP, AVP of Clinical Operations and Lauren Collins, MSW, LCSW and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Program Manager for Premise Health, address vaccine hesitancy and common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines from our members. Click the video below to watch it on-demand.

You can find out more about our wellness webinar series and see what topics are coming up next by visiting The Break Room.

Get tested for COVID-19 without leaving your home.

Even with the progress made on the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important to get tested when you think you may have symptoms or have been exposed to someone that’s sick, to continue to slow the spread of the virus. That’s where we come in.

Home testing through your wellness center is the safe and easy way to get tested for COVID-19. You simply schedule a virtual visit* and talk to your provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. They’ll help you determine if you need a test and will then coordinate getting the test kit shipped directly to you.

Get tested for COVID-19 without leaving your home.

Even with the progress made on the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important to get tested when you think you may have symptoms or have been exposed to someone that’s sick, to continue to slow the spread of the virus. That’s where we come in.

Home testing through your wellness center is the safe and easy way to get tested for COVID-19. You simply schedule a virtual visit* and talk to your provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. They’ll help you determine if you need a test and will then coordinate getting the test kit shipped directly to you.

COVID-19 home testing is:

Safe

The entire process can be done virtually so you can stay home and reduce the risk of spread or exposure.

Convenient

Home testing eliminates the need to come into your wellness center or go to a community facility.

Quick

The testing kit will arrive within two business days of your appointment. Once your specimen is received by the lab, results are available within 72 hours.**

Guided

You have the option to schedule a follow-up virtual visit so your provider can walk you through the self-collection.

Reliable

Our wellness centers use a PCR test, which is the most accurate type of COVID-19 test available today.

*To conduct a local virtual visit, you must be in the same state which your provider is licensed.
**If your test is ordered on a Friday after 2 p.m. CDT, shipping could take up to four days. Turnaround time for results is subject to national trends and case surges.

Is it COVID-19?

It’s only natural to feel anxious at that first sneeze or cough, but how do you know if it’s COVID-19? In this era of a worldwide pandemic, we all seem to live with the constant fear that any and every symptom that ails us is COVID-19, when really it could be one of the same viruses, colds or allergies that show up each year.

To help you navigate the uncertainty, our providers are standing by to help you determine what your symptoms mean and the best course of action for treating them. When in doubt, follow these steps to give you peace of mind:

  1. Keep a ‘better safe than sorry’ mentality. If your symptoms are mild, simply stay home as a precaution to protect others.
  2. Schedule a virtual appointment with your provider if you’re experiencing symptoms such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell. They can help you determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and/or if any medications or treatments are necessary.
  3. Talk to your pharmacist about the right prescriptions or over the counter medications for your symptoms. You can also ask about our mail order options to get your medications shipped right to your door.

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms, please click here. You can also use our COVID-19 Symptom Checker on MyPremiseHealth.com or the My Premise Health mobile app to assess your symptoms and determine next steps.

Get the care you need, virtually.

While we are taking every precaution to accommodate safe in-person visits, we’re prioritizing virtual care now more than ever to give you the convenient, quality healthcare you deserve. We can provide many routine and non-essential services by phone or video, as well as treat a variety of conditions including allergies, cold and flu symptoms, rashes and more. Check with your local wellness center for a complete list of services available to you virtually.

You may also have access to Premise Virtual, a benefit which gives you 24/7 on-demand access to our team of nationwide providers, which means you can get the care you need around the clock. Check with your employer for availability.

To schedule a local virtual appointment or to request a 24/7 virtual visit, visit MyPremiseHealth.com or download the My Premise Health mobile app.

Don’t delay your care.

We understand your hesitance to be seen in-person right now, but when was your last physical? What about cancer screenings and routine vaccinations? It’s still important, especially if you’ve put off care all year.

While some aspects of your life may be on hold, your health shouldn’t be one of them. We are taking every precaution for safe in-person visits, so don’t put off preventive or routine care due to COVID-19.

Get the care you need, virtually.

While we are taking every precaution to accommodate safe in-person visits, we’re prioritizing virtual care now more than ever to give you the convenient, quality healthcare you deserve. We can provide many routine and non-essential services by phone or video, as well as treat a variety of conditions including allergies, cold and flu symptoms, rashes and more. Check with your local wellness center for a complete list of services available to you virtually.

You may also have access to Premise Virtual, a benefit which gives you 24/7 on-demand access to our team of nationwide providers, which means you can get the care you need around the clock. Check with your employer for availability.

To schedule a local virtual appointment or to request a 24/7 virtual visit, visit MyPremiseHealth.com or download the My Premise Health mobile app.

Don’t delay your care.

We understand your hesitance to be seen in-person right now, but when was your last physical? What about cancer screenings and routine vaccinations? It’s still important, especially if you’ve put off care all year.

While some aspects of your life may be on hold, your health shouldn’t be one of them. We are taking every precaution for safe in-person visits, so don’t put off preventive or routine care due to COVID-19.

Staying healthy through self-care.

During this uncertain time, your physical and emotional wellbeing are equally important. Here are a few resources to help you practice healthy habits in your new normal. You can also get the support you need in-person at your local wellness center or virtually. Your care team is here for you, even from a distance.

Do your part to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with vaccines being administered rapidly across the US, it is still important that we use all the tools and prevention tactics available to slow the spread and ultimately end the COVID-19 pandemic. By continuing to follow these steps, we’ll soon be on our way back to a more normal way of life.

Talk to your provider about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Continue to wash your hands often.
Practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.
Wear a face covering while in public.
Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Trusted Resources

Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for more information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.