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323 S Mountain Ave., Suite 102, Springerville, AZ 85938323 S Mountain Ave., Suite 102
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer Omicron Booster
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 12 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 12+ years of age.

Moderna Omicron Booster
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 18+ years of age.


Last updated May 16, 2023 12:00 AM

106 E Main St, Springerville, AZ 85938106 E Main St
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna Omicron Booster
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 18+ years of age.


Last updated May 10, 2023 12:00 AM

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The information provided here is based on certain publicly available data at time of posting and is subject to change without notice. Eligibility and availability of vaccines is regularly changing and as a result, the data here may not always be accurate. Always check with your local state health authority to verify current eligibility criteria and availability in your area and check with the listed vaccine provider location for updated availability information for a specific site.

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Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
With the BQ.1.1 variant on the rise in Europe, experts express concern of a rise in COVID cases this winter; encourage everyone to max out their boosters and vaccinate their children (Houston Chronicle)

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Where can I get COVID vaccine in Alpine?

    The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals through health clinics, hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices including urgent care centers. COVID vaccine locations in Alpine—as well as the availability of appointments and doses at each location—are changing daily. Solv, through partnership with and others, is actively maintaining the list of providers above and is refreshing at least daily, so check back frequently. Additionally, check directly with vaccine providers near Alpine as last minute availability for eligible populations sometimes opens up.

  • When will children be able to get the COVID vaccine in Alpine?

    As of November 2, the Pfizer vaccine has received EUA from the FDA and approval from the CDC to vaccinate kids 5-11 years old. At this point, everyone 5+ years old in Alpine are eligible for the COVID vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccines for children under 5 years old are still awaiting results of clinical trials and approval from the FDA. Research shows these COVID vaccines are remarkably effective and safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges children and adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. Once the FDA provides emergency use authorization (EUA) for the vaccines to be administered to children, it is likely that the same providers in Alpine that are currently administering the vaccine to adults will begin accepting appointments for kids.

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in Alpine?

    Independent pharmacies, as well as regional and national chains, are administering the COVID vaccine across the country. Most are partnered with HHS directly to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the major pharmacy chains administering the vaccine with details on how to register for an appointment:

    • Albertsons will be making the COVID vaccine available at stores nationwide based on regional distribution and eligibility schedules. Appointments fill up fast and they will release appointments as they receive supply.
    • CVS stores nationwide are adding the COVID vaccine to their online schedule as it becomes available in each market, allowing people to schedule both their first and second doses (as applicable).
    • Costco pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Register on their website. Note: Please do not contact the local Costco pharmacy as they are unable to schedule an appointment or provide current eligibility requirements.
    • Kroger is partnering with federal and state agencies to deliver one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week across their pharmacies, clinics, and off-site events. Their website will be regularly updated with information on local availability.
    • Rite Aid pharmacies are scheduling vaccine appointments in accordance with local and state eligibility requirements. Check the linked PDF for the latest details. Note: Please do not call your local Rite Aid pharmacy for a vaccine appointment.
    • Target expects to be able to start distributing the COVID vaccine their their partnership with CVS and their on-site pharmacy locations. Check the CVS pharmacy website for updates and dates when more vaccines will become available.
    • Walgreens will be providing COVID vaccines to consumers at all of its 9,000+ store locations. Check their website to see which locations presently offer the vaccine and their appointment availability.
    • Walmart is administering the vaccines based on state and federal eligibility guidelines and is scheduling appointments at thousands of their stores nationwide. Check their website often for availability as the vaccine continues rolling out to more stores.
  • How many COVID vaccine doses will I need?

    The first two COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna each require two (2) doses of the COVID vaccine. Each dose must be of the same product, and will need to be separated by either 21 days or 28 days, depending on the vaccine. That means if you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose must also be the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, approved for use in the US on February 27, 2021, only requires one dose. Consult your healthcare professional if you have additional questions.

  • How long will the COVID vaccine last?

    In most cases, COVID-19 testing and antibody testing is available at no out of pocket cost if you are covered by commercial insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. You will likely have to pay a normal office visit copay, however. For cash paying patients, the two largest labs have reported that the Medicare rates (likely the lowest cost) to process an antibody test is around $50 and $100-$200 for a PCR swab test. It is important to understand that many healthcare providers are requiring screenings prior to testing, which may or may not be covered by your insurance, and may or may not require additional copays.

  • Can you contract COVID if you are vaccinated?

    After immunization, the body normally takes a few weeks to develop immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19). That means a person could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 before or after vaccination and still become unwell. This is due to the vaccine's inability to provide protection due to a lack of time.

  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

    Vaccines against COVID-19 are both safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have been subjected to the most stringent safety testing in the country's history. You should acquire a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible, according to the CDC.

  • Can you spread COVID if you are vaccinated?

    While the ability to transmit COVID-19 is possible after you have been fully vaccinated, experts believe it will happen at a slower rate given the efficacy of the vaccine. It's most like only relevant for people who don't have a good immunological response to immunizations in general.

  • Do I need a COVID booster shot?

    According to the CDC, as of October 21, 2021, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: (1) 65 years and older, (2) Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, (3) Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and (4) Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Recent COVID-19 Vaccine Reviews (20)

Staff is usually always wonderful, BUT this particular visit, we saw Ben, APRN. His bedside manner and demeanor was horrible once he knew my daughter had not yet had the Covid vaccine. The whole visit became about Covid and how she most likely has it. I truly felt she most likely had a sinus infection or a damn head cold - my main concern was if she could travel on a plane the next day. I worry about ear drums. He did not even look in her nose. Briefly looked in her ears and throat. Offered a written antibiotics but stated he didn’t feel it was necessary and again pushed Covid testing. I said can you get me results today so I can leave town tomorrow, and he said no, results take a few days. I am a Renown employee and am well educated on Covid and to be treated with such disregard by a physician was truly disappointing. Not everyone has Covid!!! Yes people who are and are not vaccinated can still get Covid but we can all still get just a damn head cold. I feel like my daughters visit was a waste of time and her care was less than acceptable! Truly disappointed in this physician and he does not represent “we care” very well for Renown. And for the record, I did take her home and give her 2 Covid tests - BOTH WERE NEGATIVE!

- Verified patient on 11/19

I went to the Glendora, CA Urgent Care location on 5/14/21 at approx. 6:00 pm for relief from severe itching, sneezing & other debilitating symptoms caused by my seasonal allergies. I was greeted by the woman seated at the front desk immediately & brought into an exam room as soon as I checked in, since there were no other patients in the waiting area at the time I arrived, which I was very grateful for. All of the staff & I were wearing masks for Covid safety, which I also appreciated. The woman at the front desk was polite & efficient. The man (nurse?) who greeted me, weighed me & gave me an injection was friendly & kind, & even seemed to remember me from my last visit to this office in February with the same symptoms. Even though he was polite & totally professional, it was very embarrassing for me to have a young man weigh me & give me an injection in my bottom. I guess I'm old-fasioned & very shy, because I would have preferred a woman nurse, at least to give me the shot, or to be asked if I had a preference, or had a woman present in the room when he injected me. When he took my blood pressure, the sleeve was very tight on my arm & hurt quite a bit. He apologized for this. The PA I saw, Tallin Martirossian, was very kind, comforting & prompt. After my injection, she instructed me to wait 10 minutes before I left the office, which I did. Unfortunately, about 20 minutes later, when I went to the CVS store next door to fill my prescription, I had a very bad reaction to the shot I got (a steroid). I had excruciating pain on the site of the injection (very high on my bottom/lower back/hip) & up my back. I felt like I was going to vomit or faint. I had to find a chair in the store to sit down. I was in so much pain, that I had to call my husband to drive to CVS from our home, to walk with me back to the Urgent Care office to see the doctor again. It was a very scary & upsetting experience. I have never had such a bad reaction to an injection before, not even to the two Covid vaccine shots that I received in April. And I have received steroid shots for my severe allergy symptoms many times in my life, with no severe pain afterward. The PA & the male nurse/assistant were both concerned & caring when my husband & I returned to their office. They allowed me to lay down on the exam table in an exam room, asked relevant questions & offered me water. However, the PA did not explain what caused my severely painful reaction to the shot. I was in too much pain to ask questions. Thankfully, after about 30 minutes laying down in the exam room, my pain subsided & I was able to walk out of the office with my husband at about 7:30 pm, 90 minutes after I first walked in. In spite of my very painful & scary reaction to the injection I received, I would still return to this Urgent Care office, due to the staff's promptness (almost zero wait time!), kindness & attentiveness. I don't blame the staff for the pain I experienced, although I did wonder if the shot would have hurt as badly if the male nurse had injected me lower on my bottom. But I didn't pull my pants down very far due to my embarrassment & he seemed sensitive to this! One suggestion: when the assistant & PA/doctor first greet patients in the reception area, at the scale, & exam room, they should ALL INTRODUCE THEMSELVES & state their title/job. ("I'm Mike & I'm an EMT. I'm Susan & I'm a Physician's Assistant.") This should be a standard practice at ALL doctor's offices, especially Urgent Care clinics. It can be uncomfortable & scary being treated by a complete stranger. I also received a presciption at this appt., which I was grateful for. The PA seemed to have a record of my previous visit there, which I appreciated. So overall, I would rate my experience at this office a 3 out of 5 stars, or 7 out of 10! And I will go back there if necessary, even though I had such a painful reaction to the injection. I hope this long review is helpful to you in providing excellent service to all patients at your Urgent Care. They provide an important service to the Glendora community. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 5/15

I never went into the facility but sat in my car for the covid vaccine. It was quick and easy with no problems. The people are friendly and efficient.

- Verified patient on 4/1

Amazingly great experience. I had heard lots of horror stories about other vaccination providers about delays, cancellations, poor service, etc. None of that happened at the Swedish vaccination site. Just the opposite! I’m not a regular patient of theirs, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was difficult getting an appointment for my first dose of the Covid vaccine with any facility. I’m classified as 1B-Tier 1. Like everyone else, I had been trying to get an appointment for weeks. But once I got the appointment with Swedish it all went very quickly and efficiently. Here’s my experience: Swedish got a new vaccine shipment on Tuesday 2/2/21. I heard about it late that afternoon and was able to get on-line and schedule my first dose for Thursday evening at the Swedish vaccination site on the Seattle University campus. By the time I got my vaccination scheduled Tuesday night, all other time slots had been taken, so you have to act quickly. On Thursday I arrived about an hour early before my scheduled appointment. Volunteers were posted from the garage to the vaccination site to make sure no one got lost. Everyone was well distanced and masked. At the check-in desk I had to produce my proof of eligibility and photo ID. Though I was 30 minutes early they put me in line immediately (again masked and distanced) - there was no wait. Within 20 minutes after I parked in the garage I was already vaccinated with dose 1, and was scheduled for for my second dose. Everyone - the volunteers, doctors, nurses, and schedulers - were friendly, efficient, and focused on giving terrific service to those being vaccinated. It was a truly wonderful experience.

- Verified patient on 2/7

When I entered the door of this state of the art facility, I was amazed with the cleanliness, proper seat arrangement to maintain social distancing, and some informative signs/notices posted in the building. I was impressed with the front desk personnel coz she was very polite and helpful as soon as I approached the counter at the reception area. She gave me instructions and advised me to wait while filling up information through the site she texted to my cellphone. After a few minutes, the nurse called my name, administered the COVID vaccine, gave me some important information regarding the said vaccination, and advised me to call back if there would be any problems. I didn't experience any side effects or any complications after receiving the two COVID vaccinations. I already started recommending Riverside Urgent Care to my family and friends. Thank you so much!

- Verified patient on 2/6

Fast, credible (due to UW affiliation) & friendly. Ideally I'll receive my tests results the same today too, because they are so consequential. My son just tested positive & was with our family for Thanksgiving week so we're all on pins & needles now waiting for test results from each family member. We're all fully vaxxed, most have boosters and we all feel fine, so I think we'll be okay. Still, the only change I would request is receiving same day results but I know that's probably not realistic & I'm definitely not complaining. We're verrrry lucky to live in the same city as UW main campus & medical center for a multitude of reasons. (heart emoji!) Oh yes, thanks for being on super groovy Ballard Avenue too! It's much more fun than the emissions testing place on Aurora, but we're grateful for all testing places in Seattle! With Love, Pam PPS. I don't know what it cost. I thought these tests are supposed to be free? I did give my insurance card but haven't seen my medical statement yet. If I am charged, I hope it's very low cost.

- Verified patient on 12/5

I was so impressed with your staff and facility. Every one of your staff was very professional and kind. Your system is ready to serve the public from the outside the building with the signs & directions to the entrance. After you get in ti the building the each one of the public members was treated just like your own patient. Especially, after the COVID vaccine each public patient was guided to a very clean room with comfortable chair/recliner(?) and your staff goes to each patient explaining how to take care of yourself in case you feel discomfort. What a comparison to the public news on the TV. I talk to my friends about the experience at Futch. Thank you so much for your outstanding service! Seungja Song

- Verified patient on 2/23

My 2nd covid shot was for 11:45 and I arrived at 11:20. Receptionist told me to wait inside they will be taking me soon even tho I preferred to wait in my car. By 12:45 they still didn’t call me I checked again with a heavy set blonde women and told her I would wait in my car and verified my cell phone number to call when they would take me. At (2:15) I went back in to see what was up and a lot of whispering behind the counter I was told to go back and they would give my 2nd covid vaccine. The patient next to me had an appointment for 12:30 and she was already in . So glad I got my 2nd vaccine at 2:15 stayed until 2:30 and was told by the nurse to just leave if no reactions.. which I did.. but very disappointed with your staff. This was totally different than my first visit.. I waited total 2hrs and 45 minutes I was leaving the secretary who was sitting on the right side facing the right window yells thanks for waiting!! Really.. on top of this .. a patient came in during this time to get a covid vaccine so I was exposed to this .. she was told to wait in the car just like we should have all done .. the secretary told me they are the ones to wait outside in car but everyone else stays in waiting room.. another elderly man said he isn’t waiting inside and said he would be in his car to text him.. This is not the same care I received the first time there.. By the way the secretary calls my phone after I was taken back.. (I guess to say we called you )

- Verified patient on 2/21

I have only had to use this facility maybe 4 times since moving here 14yrars ago. Thank goodness I wasn't sick very often and you could call your family doctor to get an appointment. Well those days are gone. I was scheduled to go to yulee late afternoon for my covid vaccine but had had a terrible headache, diarrhea, but no fever. Kept calling the Millennium group to ask if I could still get my vaccine and I didn't hear back until after my time for shot. When they finally called back they said to go to urgent care on 8th street so I called and got an appointment for 5:15 which was marvelous. It was just like I remembered, wonderful doctor, extremely clean. And front office girls were extremely friendly. I missed out on getting my vaccine but I got tested for covid and it was negative thank goodness. I will definitely return to this facility.

- Verified patient on 1/26

There was a mix up with my Covid vaccine. I signed up for moderna 4/7 12:42. I parked on the moderna side of arena. I went to check in for first dose. I was early. Shortly after as I was in line for shot got a text my appointment was cancelled. Went back and double checked they said I had two appointments. No sure but continued on. Ended up with Pfizer. When I went to check out they said another name came up. I couldn’t understand what they were saying due to accent and mask. Thought I was Jennifer Wilson. They had to make a new entry in system in order schedule my 2nd dose. Have no idea what information made it look like I was another person.

- Verified patient on 4/7

Received my Covid vaccine this morning. Staff was professional, friendly, and 100% on time. Highly recommend them!

- Verified patient on 4/13

In Seattle Cancer Care Alliance oncology & hemotology, my care team always gets five out of five stars, especially Dr Moore, Raylene, and Angie. I really want to draw attention to the cheerful and efficient scheduling and intake staff I get regularly: Sam, Francesca, and Roke. Francesca is always a breath of fresh air! So cheerful and engaged! I just adore her for brightening up what could be a gloomy occasion. I appreciate that so much! I also got a covid vaccine here today. Everyone involved was cheerful and efficient. All went well. What makes me want to draw attention to these staff is because I see that it makes a diffence to all the patients passing Thank you Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for providing top notch staff with the best attitudes.

- Verified patient on 4/13

Took my 10 year old here for his COVID vaccine. Great customer service, reasonably short wait, and no issues at all.

- Verified patient on 11/20

I received my booster...staff was great

- Verified patient on 10/26

I came in today for a covid antibody test per my employers request. The nurse who did my test was very nice and professional. However, when I saw Dr. Odell, I believe that’s his name, he was very rude and condescending towards me. I had explained to the nurse that I was still fearful of the covid vaccine but that I was still doing some research, which she encouraged me to do. As should anyone who plans on getting it. Dr. Odell seemed like he was almost pissed off at the fact that I was even there. He said a covid antibody test wasn’t going to tell us anything. I tried to explain to him that I hadn’t been exposed, but he cut me off saying it didn’t matter. I NEVER got the chance to express my concerns about the vaccine or to ask any questions. After his “visit” with me I over heard him in the hallway fussing with the nurse saying he didn’t understand why I was getting an antibody test. As I said before, it was per my employers request. No matter your stance on the vaccine, the way I was treated today was completely uncalled for. I AM NOT ANTIVAX!! I believe you should research anything you put into your body. That is my plan. At the end of the day I was doing what my employer had asked me to do. Dr. Odell’s bedside manner SUCKS and I’m tired of the covid vaccine bullies.

- Verified patient on 9/18

I’m not going to lie- normally I have an okay experience here. But today was phenomenal. They brought me in right away and the doctor even printed out an article about autoimmune diseases and the Covid vaccine because I asked a question he didn’t know. That is going above and beyond to me!

- Verified patient on 10/29

As with the first vaccine dose today’s experience was just as awesome. Totally impressed with; • Upbeat happiness of volunteers • Organized like a “well oiled machine”!! • Extreme personableness of each individual I came in 6’ contact with-complete joy to be with these fine people! • There was an abundance of people to lead me every step of the way. Each of these people acted like caring family members. Kudos to all of you involved with the organization of the Covid vaccine events accommodating numerous volumes of people who may have had anxiety contemplating receiving their vaccine; thankfully, I held positive feelings throughout; but because of the wonderful caring personnel volunteering, hope everyone departed feeling great! What a memorable day I have had! My appreciation is all yours!

- Verified patient on 3/9

I saw Elisa Flores today for follow up on Covid. While she listened intently I realized she really cared about me as an individual. I was a person to her- not just a case. She spoke freely as she actually sat down and had a talk about my recovery and my concerns. She explained I need to wear a mask when I go out for my protection. I'm taking her advice seriously. She advised me to wait to get my flu shot and Covid booster until I feel better than I do today. One phrase she used rang in my head as I drove off,” Get the Covid booster if you believe in it”. No mandate. No negative input. She has me believing I will gradually feel better over the next few weeks. Then I will be getting my Covid booster. At the end of our visit, I complimented her on saying all the right things. She gave me a high five. I couldn't ask for a better ending to a two week quarentine!

- Verified patient on 9/10

Getting my covid vaccine was quick and easy, and my nurse was very nice :)

- Verified patient on 3/30

Overall our experience was great! We went to get the COVID vaccine and they’re system to schedule your appointment and receive the vaccine was really easy. My only complaint would be that the person on the phone told us they had an extra dose of the vaccine and that my wife could come with me and get it but then when we got there they only had one dose left. I get that communication mix ups happen but it was a little disappointing. Other than that it was a great experience!

- Verified patient on 3/24

About COVID Vaccine

There are currently 3 COVID vaccine available in Orlando and throughout the country: Pfizer-BioNTech (mRNA), Moderna (mRNA Vaccines), and Johnson & Johnson (Vector vaccine). As of April 7, 2021, three vaccines, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, have been approved for use via an emergency use authorization (EAU) for adults ages 16 and older. Pfizer has since received EUA for 5-11 year olds, opening the door for everyone in the country 5 years and older to receiving a COVID vaccine.

Getting a COVID vaccine will be similar to the process of getting any other type of vaccine. Patients should talk to their doctors about whether they have allergies and if they have ever experienced a reaction or specific side effects from a vaccine in the past. They should also inform their doctors whether they are currently ill, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

The injection itself usually only takes a few seconds and may feel like a slight pinch on the skin. Most people do not experience serious side effects from vaccines, and any side effects they do experience are usually mild. Chills, low-grade fever, headache, tiredness, and muscle and joint aches are the most common side effects of vaccines.

People who get a mRNA COVID vaccine will need another booster shot roughly 3-4 weeks after the first shot to stay protected from COVID-19, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot. It is not yet known how long immunity to COVID-19 will last after receiving a COVID vaccine.

Key facts about COVID-19 vaccines

Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get and highly effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine prevents you from getting seriously ill. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal life.

  • They’re safe. Rigorous clinical trials must show that vaccines are safe and effective before they’re authorized for public use. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
  • They’re effective. All approved vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know so far, experts believe that all the approved vaccines will nearly 100% prevent serious illness and death. They may also help protect family, friends, and those around you.
  • They’re free. COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Americans under the CARES act. The US government has already ordered and paid for hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses using US tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.

Top vaccine myths

When deciding to get vaccinated, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

  • The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not have a microchip that will track you.
  • The mRNA COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will not alter your DNA.
  • If you already had COVID-19, that does not mean you don’t need the vaccine.

Risks of the COVID vaccine

All vaccines come with potential risks and side effects. The most common side effects associated with vaccines are low-grade fever, malaise, and redness and pain at the injection site. More than 50% of people who received early COVID-19 vaccines reported experiencing mild short-term side effects including fever, headache, muscle aches, and reactions at the injection site.

Questions to ask your doctor about the COVID vaccine

  • When should I come back for my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What side effects could I experience from the COVID vaccine?
  • How effective is the COVID vaccine?
  • Is it possible for me to get a mild case of COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?
  • Can I stop wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing after getting a COVID vaccine?
  • How many different COVID vaccines are available?
  • What are the ingredients in the COVID vaccine?
  • Who should not get a COVID vaccine?
  • Can I get more than one type of COVID vaccine if more are available?
  • How long will it take before the COVID vaccine takes effect?

Approved COVID Vaccines

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have each developed COVID vaccines and received emergency use authorization (EUA). Pfizer's vaccine has received EUA for individuals 12 years of age and older, while both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for people 16 and up. During the initial rollout of the vaccine, however, it is unlikely individuals will be able to choose which vaccine they want.

According to the CDC, as of October 21, 2021, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: (1) 65 years and older, (2) Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, (3) Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and (4) Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID vaccine

  • On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first EUA for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals . The emergency use authorization allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. to individuals 16 years of age and older.
  • On May 10, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EAU for use of the vaccine in children from the ages 12-16. This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.
  • On August 23, 2021, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, now being referred to as Comirnaty, for ages 16+. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. 
  • Pfizer, in partnership with BioNTech, released an efficacy analysis of their phase 3 trials involving 42,000 people, about half of whom got the experimental vaccine with the other half receiving a placebo. 170 participants contracted COVID-19 with only 8 of them being from the vaccine cohort. This equates to a 95% vaccination success rate, which is about as good as any vaccine, even after years of development, can ever expect. The inoculation process involves two doses, with the second dose administered 3 weeks after the first.

Moderna, NAID COVID vaccine

  • On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EUA for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • On June 25, 2021, the FDA revised the patient and provider fact sheets regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) following vaccination.
  • On August 12, 2021, the FDA amended the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA to allow for an additional dose to be given to certain immunocompromised individuals.
  • Similarly to Pfizer, Moderna’s is a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine with a nearly identical efficacy rate of 94.1%. These results follow a 30,000-volunteer study with only 11 positive COVID cases occurring from the group that received the vaccines rather than the placebo. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna version does not have as strict refrigeration requirements, likely making their vaccine more easily transported, stored, and administered through existing healthcare infrastructure.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • In clinical trials, the J&J/Janssen vaccine was 66.3% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine, and had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized.
  • Early evidence suggests that the J&J/Janssen vaccine might provide protection against asymptomatic infection, which is when a person is infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 but does not get sick.

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  7. Comirnaty and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (September 19, 2021)
  8. Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (August 31. 2021)
  9. Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (September 17, 2021)

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