Oakland Office

1027 Memorial Drive
Oakland, MD 21550


Grantsville Office

104 Parkview Drive
Grantsville, MD 21536


Mountain Laurel Medical Center

Westernport Office

22221 Westernport RD SW,
Westernport, MD 21562


Bruceton Office

198 Morgantown Street, Suite 2
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525


We have a provider on call 24/7 for established patients. If you need treatment for urgent, non-life-threatening conditions when the office is closed, call 301-533-3300 and press option “4” to be connected.

The arrival of the Vaccine is the new hot topic in healthcare. I wanted to spend a few seconds today addressing some of the questions raised by the community members. 

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe? 

Safety is a top priority when developing a new vaccine in the U.S. Federal agencies like the FDA and CDC work closely with the Vaccine (drug) manufacturers to develop and authorize the use of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Careful testing. All vaccines go through clinical trials to test safety and effectiveness. For the COVID-19 Vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set up rigorous standards for vaccine developers to meet. This infographic from the National Institutes of Health shows the four phases a vaccine must go through before being released to the public.

Any safety concerns with the COVID-19 Vaccine that I should know about? 

There have been no severe side-effects reported with either of the first two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are both two-step vaccines. Trails for both vaccines had fully independent monitoring boards, and safety data is always being continuously reviewed and monitored.  

Allergies: The CDC says people with allergies to certain foods, insects, latex, and other common allergens can have the COVID-19 Vaccine. Those with a history of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectables or other vaccines should discuss the vaccination with their doctor. According to the CDC, at this time, anyone who has a severe allergy (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ingredients should not receive this Vaccine.

For more info about vaccine safety, please watch this video: Tell Me More: Vaccine Safety

How effective is the COVID-19 Vaccine? 

According to STAT NEWS: “The Pfizer vaccine showed efficacy of 95% at preventing symptomatic COVID infection after two doses. The Vaccine appeared to be more or less equally protective across age groups and racial and ethnic groups. The Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 after the second dose.”

More educational videos: “Coronavirus: Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered “