Loudoun Health Director Addresses COVID Vaccine Questions

By Kristen Martwinski

On the first day the COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Loudoun County, Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend laid out the path for getting the population immunized against the novel coronavirus.

On Dec. 17, Loudoun County held a virtual COVID-19 question-and-answer session with Goodfriend. During the stream, Goodfriend gave updates on the county’s expectations regarding the effects of the virus and the new vaccine. He also identified those who are first in line to get the vaccine, including healthcare workers and those living in long-term care facilities.

Pfizer’s vaccine has already arrived at Loudoun hospitals, Goodfriend said, and Moderna’s vaccine is scheduled to arrive sometime next week. He explained that for the vaccines to be effective, people must get two doses. After the first dose, people will get reminders of when to get the booster. There will be 480,000 doses given to the region initially.

There were many questions around who is a part of the high priority group that is first to get the vaccine. Goodfriend explained that those in long-term care facilities are eligible, while seniors who are in independent living facilities are not. Home healthcare workers, Medical Reserve Corps workers and teachers also came up—both home healthcare workers and Medical Reserve Corps workers have been deemed eligible for the vaccine, while teachers have not been labeled as high priority yet.

Goodfriend also reassured viewers of the safety of the vaccine.

“The Moderna vaccine is safe. The Pfizer vaccine so far looks like it is safe,” Goodfriend said “There are risks with all vaccines.” He also warned the public against getting information on the vaccine from unreliable sources, and against falling victim to conspiracy theories.

Until the vaccine is available to everyone, Goodfriend said the public must continue to do its part in flattening the infection curve, and that everyone must treat the threat of the virus seriously.

“The beginning of 2021 is probably going to be a dark time,” Goodfriend said. “We expect increased transition [of the virus], but we have control over it because of the vaccine and the steps we take.”

He also addressed the importance of masks: “If you see someone not wearing a mask or not social distancing, speak up and let them know.”

More questions or concerns on the vaccine can be addressed by calling 703-737-8300, or going to loudoun.gov/health.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun Health Director Addresses COVID Vaccine Questions

  • 2020-12-18 at 3:45 pm
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    “If you see someone not wearing a mask or not social distancing, speak up and let them know.”

    Ah yes, nothing like government ‘experts’ encouraging people to go full frontal Karen on their fellow citizens. How ’bout we mind our own business. If you’re scared, stay home. Walk away. Move on.

    This is how they do it: Keep us scared and divided. We’re easier to control that way. Make your own decisions people. Live your own lives based on what you know best. Ignore these people. They do not have our best interest at heart.

  • 2020-12-18 at 5:03 pm
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    “The beginning of 2021 is probably going to be a dark time,” Goodfriend said.

    Great “leadership” technique. Fear and despair.

    We choose not to live in fear. Goodfriend needs to resign.

    He has been AWOL for the last 10 months and adds nothing.

  • 2020-12-19 at 10:56 am
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    Question… If the vaccine does not prevent getting, or spreading covid, but reduces the chance of getting symptoms to 90%, why get the vaccine? It contains aluminum, probably mercury (both associated directly with Alzheimer, MS, dementia, as well as most other brain /neurological disorders) , as well as foreign proteins (directly associated with autoimmune disorders) , you still have to wear a mask, the virus will still spread, and here is the real kicker – the actual numbers are 80% of those exposed show no symptoms. So they are selling you long term health issues for the benefit of a”possible” 10% less chance of developing symptoms….

    • 2020-12-21 at 11:08 am
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      The Moderna vaccine contains a synthetic messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) encoding the pre-fusion stabilized spike glycoprotein (S) of SARS-CoV-2 virus. The vaccine also contains the following ingredients: lipids (SM-102, 1,2-dimyristoyl-rac-glycero- 3-methoxypolyethylene glycol-2000 [PEG2000-DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn- glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose.

      No aluminum or mercury. No preservatives (other than cold storage). Pfizer’s is similar. Get your facts straight.

  • 2020-12-23 at 9:30 pm
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    Downtowner is correct. NO aluminum , NO mercury.

    This is quite an extraordinary vaccine in its use of RNA instead of DNA.

    Goodfriend could have mentioned some of this to put Loudoun minds at ease, but chooses instead to foster fear.

    As stated already, he is a poor leader and should resign.

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