How does the COVID-19 vaccines work?
The COVID-19 vaccine gives your immune system a preview of the coronavirus, so it learns how to stop it. It triggers antibodies in your blood to attack the virus’s unique spike protein.
Your immune system learns from the vaccine how to quickly recognize the actual virus and stop it from multiplying. The idea is to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from getting into cells, replicating itself and making you sick.
Will the vaccine give me the virus?
No. The COVID-19 vaccine is not made with a live virus and cannot give you COVID-19
Some side effects have been reported. The most common side effects are pain/redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle/joint aches and low-grade fever. The side effects respond well to Tylenol and ibuprofen. Most side effects last less than 24 hours.
Once I am vaccinated, do I still need to social distance and wear a mask?
Yes. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. So, until we know more, continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash or sanitize hands often and stay at least 6 feet from others.
Are there any reasons I couldn't receive the vaccine?
If you are not feeling well please do not come to the clinic and wait until you are well.
If you have a fever.
If you have have COVID in the past 30 days.
If you have had a vaccine in the past 14 days.
If you do not meet the current group eligibility.