Read FAQs from our PCBC Medical Team
If you have already had COVID, is the single dose vaccine safe?
There are no contraindications to receiving the vaccine. However, there are some recommendations on when you should receive the vaccine depending on treatments you may have received during your infection. Therefore, you should consult your physician who can provide those details based on treatments received.
Is there a recommended time to wait to get the vaccine if you have had COVID?
See above, it depends on treatments you had during your infection (monoclonal antibodies, plasma, etc). Consult your doctor for specifics.
Can those who have been vaccinated or have had COVID still transmit the virus?
Unfortunately, we don’t know absolutely if they can transmit or carry at this time. It appears the answer is yes, but at a much lower rate. We also still do not know how long immunity will last from either the infection or the vaccine. No vaccine is 100 percent effective to prevent disease. Since the release of the vaccine, real-world observation shows it to be about 90 percent effective. That means that one in 10 may still get Covid. However, of those that are fully vaccinated, the rate of hospitalization from Covid is much less and the rate of survival from Covid is 100 percent, that is it protects against death.
If I don’t fear death, why should I take the vaccine?
This assumes that the only reason a person would take the vaccine is to prevent death from COVID. I believe the answer to this question goes back to our desire to love our neighbors. By taking the vaccine, a person greatly reduces their chance of getting Covid and greatly reduces the chance of passing it on to someone else who might die from Covid. Furthermore, we don’t have a way of predicting who might have long-term side effects or disability from Covid such as stroke, scarring in the lungs requiring oxygen, or other longer-term symptoms, often referred to as long-haulers.
Can our adult Sunday School classes meet in person if most or all have been vaccinated?
They can meet together in small groups while maintaining social distancing and with masks on. Outdoors or a well-ventilated area is preferred, so there are still space limitations on campus that will not allow all classes to return at this time. Vaccination status is not a criteria to meet, but it certainly provides a heightened level of protection to those who have received it.
Why is the choir (and congregation for that matter) required to sing through masks when they are already spaced apart?
Singing is forceful and causes the droplets of moisture in our throats to become “aerosolized” which makes the virus (if present) flow through the air a much greater distance than when we are just speaking. Singing could spread virus from the pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic person. Recommendations from the CDC have (and continue to) consistently advise using both distance and masks to reduce risks. That is felt to be even more important with certain activities, including singing.
When can the choir and orchestra come back in full? When can wind players stop playing in bags and shields when they are already fully vaccinated?
That is unknown at this time. Safety precautions like masks, bags and shields are mainly to protect others. Therefore, the need to wear masks is determined less by the vaccination status of the person wearing the mask, than it is by the vaccination and health status of everyone else present.