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Butte County Health Officer provides important details on Covid-19 vaccines

Butte County Health Officer, Dr. Robert Bernstein, spoke with Action News Now to provide what you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccines.

Posted: Dec 15, 2020 5:21 PM
Updated: Dec 16, 2020 11:38 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Butte County Health Officer, Dr. Robert Bernstein, spoke with Action News Now to provide what you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccines.

Enloe Medical Center has not received its first doses of the vaccines yet to vaccinate its hospital staff. 

Doctor Bernstein shared who should be vaccinated and the safety of doing so. Bernstein said that if you have recovered from COVID-19, it is still important to get vaccinated.

He recommended that everyone gets vaccinated except for people ages 16 or younger as this age group was not included in the clinical trials.

Q: Can you still get vaccinated even if you had COVID-19? 

A: "The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, should be offered to people regardless whether they had a prior covid infection," said Bernstein. "The data from the phases of 2 and 3 clinical with tens of thousands of people suggests that vaccination is safe in people who have previously had COVID-19 infection."

Bernstein said that though it is also not advised for pregnant women to get vaccinated, women who are pregnant and working on the front lines should have a discussion with their OBGYN before getting vaccinated.

He said that if you have COVID-19, do not get the vaccine until you have recovered.

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-step process. After receiving the first vaccine you wait 17 to 21 days to get the second vaccine.

Bernstein said that it is best to not wait too long after the 21 days to get the second vaccine. But he added, you do not have to start over with the first vaccine if you do not get the second one within the time frame.

Q: Do you have to start over if the second vaccine is not available?

A: "You should get both vaccines," said Bernstein. "You should not go and get a first and second dose. You just need your second dose as soon as possible after your first one."

Bernstein said that it is not a good idea to mix and match COVID vaccines. Either you get both Pfizer vaccines or both Moderna vaccines.

But he said that you can get both the Flu and COVID vaccine at the same time.

Q: After you have been vaccinated, expand on why it is still important to wear a mask, and take precautions.

A: "The vaccine has been demonstrated to provide protection for the person who gets vaccinated, it is not yet clear that it protects against transmission," said Bernstein. 

Q: Are there microchips in the vaccine? 

A: "There is not microchips in the vaccine. This is the kind of misinformation that is so characteristic of what has taken place this past year."

Bernstein said it is important for people in Butte County to get their information about the COVID-19 vaccine only through the CDC or Butte County Public Health.

Learn more about the Covid-19 vaccines from the CDC.

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