Questions and Answers About the COVID-19 Vaccine

August 11, 2021

Since the beginning of 2021, Mercy has heard hundreds of unique questions about COVID-19, the vaccine and other health concerns relating to the pandemic. We assembled a team of Mercy experts, from infectious disease physicians to pediatricians, to answer most of the topics. If you have a question you'd like answered, please send an email to SocialMedia@mercy.net.

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  • Mercy vaccine clinics are currently scheduling both first and second dose appointments.
  • Patients under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to be vaccinated.
  • Patients ages 12-17 should only schedule appointments at locations providing the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine type is identified below by location.

Dr Aamina Akhtar Reads and Responds to COVID 19 Comments

Every voice matters. Understanding and overcoming this virus is a two-way street, and we're listening to your comments and concerns as we enter this new phase of the pandemic. Dr. Aamina Akhtar, chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, has been reviewing your social feedback and wants to set the record straight about vaccines, masks and more.

Dr. Farrin Manian Reads and Responds to COVID-19 Comments

We continue to listen to Mercy's social media followers. Mercy Hospital St. Louis's Dr. Farrin Manian answers some of the "hottest" questions and/or comments that we've seen this week.

Why Should I Care About the Delta Variant?

The Delta variant has put COVID-19 back in the national spotlight. It's 60% more contagious and doubles your risk of hospitalization if you contract it without vaccination. Dr. Anup Katyal with Mercy Clinic in St. Louis, Missouri, has a unique perspective on the variant, having treated patients in India from thousands of miles away.

I heard a click during vaccination. Was I microchipped?

It's a commonly asked question, but the click is just for safety as Dr. Jason McKinney explains.

Should Ivermectin Be Used to Prevent or Treat COVID-19 Infection?

Infectious disease physician Dr. Farrin Manian tackles a topic that's growing in popularity: the use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

What is a variant, and why do viruses change?

Ursula Wright, a Mercy nurse practitioner, explains the science behind the many variants we're hearing about in the media, and also outlines how we can protect ourselves.

Why do women have more severe side effects from COVID?

Mercy Hospital St. Louis's Dr. Farrin A. Manian tackles the next question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: Why do women have more severe side effects?

Why bother with a COVID-19 vaccine if there are so many variants?

Dr. Aamina Akhtar, chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital South, tackles the next question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: Why bother with a COVID-19 vaccine if there are so many varients?

Why Was the Vaccine Produced So Quickly?

Ursula Wright, a Mercy nurse practitioner, kicked off Mercy's series aimed at answering frequently asked questions and concerns from underrepresented parts of our communities. The first, and most common question, is "Why was the vaccine produced so quickly?" If you have a question you'd like to be answered, send it to COVIDVaxQuestions@mercy.net.

Do I need the vaccine if I've already had COVID-19?

Mercy Hospital Joplin's Dr. Nicole Sleiman tackles the next question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: Do I need the vaccine if I've already had COVID-19?

Are there side effects for those with pre-existing conditions?

Infectious disease physician Dr. Sadaf Sohrab, at Mercy Hospital Springfield, tackles the next question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: Are there side effects for those with pre-existing conditions?

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for expectant mothers?

Dr. Julie Rhee with Vios Fertility Institute at Mercy Hospital St. Louis answers the next question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: "Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for expectant mothers?"

Understanding Apprehension After Tuskegee

Like many health care workers, Dr. Damian Findlay has both treated COVID-19 patients and battled it himself. And as a graduate of Tuskegee University, Dr. Findlay worked as a research assistant and met survivors of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and their family members. They were extremely vocal about their hesitation to participate in any type of research because they felt betrayed by the scientific community. That study, along with many other heinous and unethical occurrences throughout history, has led many to mistrust our health care system.

Can I skip the second shot? I'm worried about side effects.

It's another commonly asked question, but skipping the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is not advised.

How Much Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Cost?

David Fortner, vice president of operations at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, clears the air about the financial obligations (spoiler alert: it's free) surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.

Why is there a Push for People of Color to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Mercy Hospital Springfield's Dr. Sadaf Sohrab tackles the fourth question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: Why is there a push for people of color to get the COVID-19 vaccine? If you have a question specific to this diversity series that you'd like to see answered, please email it to COVIDVaxQuestions@mercy.net.

Can I stop taking safety precautions after vaccination?

Dr. Terri Morris, DNP, ANP-BC, tackles the third question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

Which Vaccine is Recommended for Me?

Dr. Aamina Akhtar, chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital South, tackles the second question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series. What are the differences between the Pfizer/Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines - and which is recommended?

Status Check: How Are First-Round Vaccinated People Doing?

Dr. Shateel Sharma, chairman of Gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital Washington, encourages the COVID-19 vaccine.

Should Pregnant Women Get the Vaccine?

Ali Hellebusch, RN, Mercy Hospital Washington, is pregnant with her fourth child and shares why she chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who Should I Trust When it Comes to COVID-19 Vaccine Information?

Dr. Alice Mankin, family medicine physician with Mercy Clinic Primary Care in Edmond, Oklahoma, talks about who you can trust when it come to COVID-19 vaccine information.

Why Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Dr. Mayrol Juarez, critical care physician and vice president of hospital-based services at Mercy Hospital Springfield, answers why you should be vaccinated when it's offered to you.

Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Make Me Sick?

Mercy Kids Dr. Alison Curfman, pediatric emergency medicine physician in St. Louis, talks about why some people experience symptoms after the COVID-19 vaccine and what it means.

Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Work on the New Strains of Coronavirus?

Dr. Aamina Akhtar, infectious disease physician and chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital South, talks about how viruses mutate, what we know currently and why the vaccine is still important. Note: Dr. Akhtar recorded her interview independently, hence no mask was needed.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Moms? And Baby?

Dr. John Stanley, an OB/GYN at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, weighs in.

What is happening in India, and how will it impact the US?

Dr. Jad Khoury, chief of Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease in St. Louis answers the latest question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: "What is happening in India, and how will it impact the US?"

Why Aren't Children Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Dr. Bradley W. Ornstein with Mercy Clinic Children's Infectious Disease and Rheumatology - St. Louis answers the next question in Mercy's COVID-19 Vaccine Diversity Series: "Why aren't children receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?"

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