Initial distribution of two COVID-19 vaccines is underway for high-priority populations.
While the promise of these vaccines is great, we also know that it likely will take some time before vaccines are widely available to the general public.
Pacific is not currently a direct provider of COVID-19 vaccines, though we are seeking approval to become a distribution site.
Pacific is partnering with local health systems to help faculty, staff and students access vaccines according to their OHA priority level. This distribution is based on the availability of doses through partner agencies and on the OHA phased distribution plan.
If you are identified as eligible for vaccination through one of our partners, you will receive an email invitation as opportunities arise.
Some employees and students may be able to access vaccines through other sources, such as their primary healthcare provider or may be eligible based on criteria outside their Pacific employment or clinical education responsibilities. We encourage individuals to take advantage of opportunities to get their vaccines as soon as possible through these options.
If you receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please let us know so that we can keep our prioritization lists up to date and track vaccination rates within our Pacific community.
It is essential that we all continue to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 until widespread vaccination can protect our communities. Continue to follow public health protocols.
About the Vaccines
The two vaccines currently available are the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Both have been shown to be very effective in preventing people from getting sick (with symptoms) with COVID-19.
Both vaccines require two doses. After two doses, both offer around 94% immunity to symptomatic COVID-19.
The vaccines do not contain live virus and they cannot give you COVID-19.
Both vaccines are highly effective in preventing people from developing symptoms of COVID-19. It is unclear whether the vaccines prevent people from developing asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 or from transmitting COVID-19 to others.
Both vaccines also take time to gain effectiveness. The Moderna vaccine measures its efficacy 14 days after the second dose. The Pfizer vaccine measures its efficacy seven days after the second dose.
This means that you are not fully protected until one to two weeks after your second dose — and you may continue to transmit to others.
After Your Vaccine
It is essential that we all continue to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 until widespread vaccination can protect our communities.
You may not be protected from the virus for up to two weeks after your second dose and you may still be able to transmit the virus even after vaccination.
Continue to wear a mask, physically distance, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings.