COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Individuals age 12 years and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. If you have a Broadlawns primary care provider, please contact your primary care provider to schedule an appointment. We are not accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at this time.
We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Below are answers to commonly asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did we develop a vaccine so fast?
With help from government funding, researchers conducted test phases simultaneously (at the same time) as opposed to sequentially (needing government approval for each phase before being able to move on). Under typical vaccine development, a pharmaceutical company can only move from one phase to the next after government reviewers have seen the results of the preceding phase and completed an evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. For the COVID-19 vaccines, instead of passing through the development phases sequentially, early phase vaccine studies could be conducted simultaneously. Companies also started producing vaccines before the completion of the trials so that vaccine could be distributed quickly after approval.
Were any steps skipped in the COVID-19 vaccine development compared to other vaccines?
No. The same phases of study have been completed as any other vaccine on the market.
Can I get COVID-19 from getting the vaccine? Are you giving me COVID-19 when you give me the vaccine?
No. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines and are NOT made with virus particles nor inactivated virus. This means they are non-infectious. Instead of using dead virus to stimulate your body’s immune response (like other vaccines do), this uses mRNA to stimulate your body’s immune response.
How much do we know about mRNA vaccines?
mRNA vaccine technology has existed for decades but there was no incentive to use the technology on a mass scale until this pandemic.
Why get a vaccine rather than relying on natural infection from getting COVID-19?
The evidence we have shows that immunity through vaccine has a much lower risk of complications than immunity through infection. In addition, there are many cases in which a vaccine provides better immunity than natural infection.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I am fully vaccinated?
No. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.
How soon after the first injection is the second one required?
The Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot vaccine, with a second dose needed 3 weeks after the first injection to fully protect against the coronavirus. The Moderna vaccine is also a two-shot vaccine, with a second dose needed 4 weeks after the first injection to fully protect against the coronavirus.
What are potential side effects of the vaccine?
Reported side effects include fever, aches, fatigue, and headache. In Pfizer’s clinical trial, most people reported feeling side effects after the second dose was injected. Please see the fact sheets linked above for a detailed list of side effects.
How long is the vaccine effective?
This is unknown.
Should I receive the vaccine if I know or think I may have had COVID-19 previously?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C.
If I have an underlying health condition, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If I am pregnant can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, if you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Is is safe for my child to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Like adults, children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. These side effects may affect their ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 while I am currently sick with COVID-19?
No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources