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COVID Vaccine

COVID vaccinations are available for ages 12 and up. Please use this link to schedule a vaccine appointment near you click here

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What should I do in the meantime while I wait?
Wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing. Keep checking our website for updates.


Frequently asked questions

Which vaccine is right for me?

The right vaccine is whichever vaccine you have access to first! Vaccination protects you and those around you. Delaying vaccination delays that protection and extends the duration of the pandemic. No vaccine offers perfect immunity from symptomatic illness, but any FDA approved vaccine will prevent severe disease that leads to hospitalization and death, so on the very low chance you were to get sick after vaccination, you would still be protected from the worst consequences of COVID-19.

Can I still get COVID or spread it after being vaccinated?

Here’s what we know: The COVID-19 vaccine will greatly reduce your chances of getting COVID-19 and will ensure that if you do get the virus, you will have only mild symptoms or none at all. However, there is still a possibility that you can spread the virus to others. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, you must keep wearing a mask and social distancing. 

Are there new variants or mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19

Here’s what we know: all viruses are known to mutate, and some mutate faster than others. Fortunately, COVID-19 is not one of the faster mutating viruses. Variants of the virus present the same symptoms and are detected by the same COVID tests that test for the original COVID strand.

What are the most common side effects after getting vaccinated?

Here’s what we know: Side effects from the vaccination are normal signs that your body is building protection against the virus and do not mean the shot has given you COVID. Some of the most common include: arm pain at  the injection site, fatigue, headache or other body aches, or chills or fever for a few days. These common side effects are also experienced after receiving other types of  vaccines, such as the flu shot.

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General information about the vaccines
General information about the vaccines

Q: What is the difference between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine?

A: The core of the vaccine, the mRNA, is exactly the same for both vaccines. The differences are minimal and only affect storage of the vaccine and the timing of the second dose: Pfizer’s second dose is 21 days, Moderna’s second dose is 28 days after the first dose. 

Q: Will I be able to choose which vaccine I take?

A: The right vaccine is whichever vaccine you have access to first! Vaccination protects you and those around you. Delaying vaccination delays that protection and extends the duration of the pandemic. No vaccine offers perfect immunity from symptomatic illness, but any FDA approved vaccine will prevent severe disease that leads to hospitalization and death, so on the very low chance you were to get sick after vaccination, you would still be protected from the worst consequences of COVID-19.You cannot mix and match so whichever vaccine you receive for the first dose (Pfizer or Moderna), you will also receive for the second dose as well.

Q: Are there any concerns over supplies for the second dose?

A: The government is holding a second dose for every first dose given so, second dose supply should not be an issue.

Side effects and allergies
Side effects and allergies

Q: What are side effects of the vaccine?

A: Side-effects are the same with some other vaccines: soreness/redness at injection site, fever, body aches, headache. Side-effects can be treated with over-the-counter medicines, like Tylenol.

Q: I have allergies or specific health issues – should I still get the vaccine?

A: It depends on what type of allergy or what specific health issue you might have. To be certain, please talk with your Primary Care Provider to determine if the vaccine is suitable for you. 

People who have had a severe allergic reaction (closing of the throat, trouble breathing, also known as anaphylaxis) to an INJECTED medication of vaccine, should not get the COVID vaccine.

Q: If I am pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant can I get the vaccine?

A: Unfortunately, research did not include pregnant or nursing mothers. You should discuss this with your doctor to determine if the vaccine is suitable for you.

 

I was vaccinated, now what?
I was vaccinated, now what?

Q: How long will the vaccine last? Will we have to take it again?

A: There is still some things that are unknown. Time will tell if we will have to re-vaccinate or “boost” the vaccination.

Q: When is the vaccine effective?

A: Maximum protection, about 95%, is reached two weeks after the second dose.  

Q: There is rumor there are other strains of the virus in Europe. Will this vaccine protect against those too?

A: It is very likely to take multiple changes (mutations) in the virus before it makes the vaccine ineffective. We think that this amount of change would take a good amount of time – how long we do not know yet.