1/26/2021 Vaccine Update

Whole Life Health Care is committed to help you get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

Tips from Governor Sununu and the State officials
after the first day of Phase 1b appointments today

  • If you have not received an email to register for the vaccine yet
    • Check your junk mail!
      • It is coming from the CDC
      • Many patients found their email from the CDC in their junk mail
  • You cannot register 2 people with 1 email address
    • Each person must have their own email address
      • Call 2-1-1 for assistance in changing the email address
      • Or contact our office via the patient portal, email or a phone call
  • If you are having problems registering with VAMS
    • Call 2-1-1
      • The state has several hundred volunteers manning 2-1-1, so you should be able to get through
      • They can help you with any problems you are having
      • Their hours are: Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 7:00PM and Saturday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
      • We also have step-by-step instructions on our website
  • The state is sending out a follow-up email
    • This email will be going to people who have already been contacted to see who has not been able to make an appointment
    • This email will give instructions on how to get help registering for the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Can’t schedule the appointment for your 2nd dose?
    • Please be patient!
    • The state is opening up 2nd appointment slots in their system
    • You will receive a reminder email to schedule your 2nd dose. You can wait for this email and schedule your appointment then
  • 2nd dose appointment after the date on your card?
    • No worries!
    • The Governor assured everyone today that the 2nd dose doesn’t need to be exactly on the date listed on your card.
    • It shouldn’t be any earlier than the date on your card!
    • But it can be later. Even if it’s several days to weeks later, the first vaccine effectiveness doesn’t change. The 2nd dose simply gets us up to the 95% effectiveness.
  • Worried about getting the correct 2nd dose vaccine?
    • Nothing to worry about!
    • The VAMS system has all the information about your 1st dose. it knows if you received Pfizer or Moderna.
    • It will only allow you to schedule a 2nd appointment at a location that can give you the proper vaccine.
  • What happens if I get the 1st dose and then test positive for COVID?
    • Good question!
    • Go to our website to learn What To Do If You Have COVID-19
    • Once you are out of isolation, you can receive your 2nd dose. Out of isolation means:
      • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
      • At least 24 hours have passed since fever went away without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in other symptoms AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)
    • If you have to change the 2nd dose appointment because you are in isolation, call 2-1-1
  • If you live in ME or MA:
    • MA residents can get more information at mass.gov
    • ME residents can get more information at maine.gov
    • We still do not know if/how we can/should report medically vulnerable patients to the states of ME or MA.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?
  • Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • To protect yourself and others, continue to follow these recommendations:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
    • Avoid crowds
    • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
    • Wash your hands often