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Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine at Esperanza

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Updated September 14, 2022

 

Text VAX to (773) 207-3133 or call us at (773) 584-6200 to schedule your appointment.

DO I NEED TO BRING AN ID?  You do NOT need an official government-issued ID, but we do need something with your name and address, like a piece of mail or a bill so we can verify your identity. We will not ask about your immigration status. The vaccine is administered at not cost to you regardless of your insurance, income, or immigration status.

 

What you need to know: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters. See below for eligibility.

 

Children ages 6 months through 17 years:

Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 6 months - 4 years:

    • should get primary series doses (3)

  • 5 - 11 years:

    • should get primary series doses (2) AND

    • original booster dose at least 5 months after 2nd dose.

  • 12 - 17 years:

    • should get primary series doses (2) AND

    • UPDATED booster dose at least 2 months after last dose

 

Adults ages 18 years and older:

Pfizer-BioNTech
  • should get primary series doses (2) AND

  • UPDATED bivalent booster dose at least 2 months after last dose

 

Pre-teens, Teens, and Adults who are moderately or severely immunocompromised*

Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 5 and older: 

    • should get primary series doses (3) AND

    • UPDATED Pfizer booster dose at least 2 months after last dose

 

*You are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if any of the following apply to you:

•    You're receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood,
•    You received an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant drugs,
•    You've received a stem cell transplant in the past 2 years or are taking immunosuppressant drugs
•    You have moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency,
•    You have advanced or untreated HIV infection, or
•    You are receiving active treatment with corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress the immune response

 

 

 

Your COVID-19 vaccine questions

 

I've recently been infected with the COVID-19 virus. When can I get vaccinated?

You can receive your vaccine once your quarantine or isolation period has ended. Follow the CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

 

Can I "mix and match" my booster dose?

Yes, if you are 18 years of age and older and completed the primary vaccination of any available COVID-19 vaccine, you may receive a Moderna or Pfizer booster dose.

 

What is a bivalent booster?

The bivalent  booster is an updated formulation of the COVID-19 vaccine that offers additional protection against newer variants of the virus, including the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants that have been responsible for the overwhelming number of COVID cases in recent months.

 

Are these vaccines effective?

According to data from the clinical trials, all vaccines, including the bivalent booster, were shown to be highly protective against severe COVID-19, hospitalization and death. 
 

Are these vaccines safe?

Over the past few months, millions of people have received a COVID-19 vaccine across the United States without any significant safety concerns. Vaccines were well tolerated by most recipients and are considered safe.

On very rare occasions, there have been cases of heart or heart lining inflammation (myocarditis or pericarditis) among recipients of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, usually reported a few days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.  If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or the sensation of fast beating or pounding heart after receiving either of these two vaccines, please seek medical attention right away.
 

Are these vaccines safe for pregnant and/or lactating patients?

Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine recommend that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant, lactating, and non-lactating individuals. 
 

Are these vaccines safe for children?

The Pfizer vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 6 months to 11 years old and has been fully approved by the FDA for children 12 to 18.  

 

How does the vaccine against COVID-19 work?

Vaccines have existed for hundreds of years and they all work by activating our immune systems to create defenses against specific diseases. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines act in the same way. They use a molecule (called mRNA) that instructs our bodies to create a single, harmless protein that is found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  When our immune system detects this protein, it will begin to create antibodies capable of destroying it, thus giving us immunity against the COVID-19 virus and keeping us healthy.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.  
 

Can these vaccines make me sick with COVID-19?

The only thing that can make you sick with COVID-19 is live SARS-CoV-2 virus. None of the COVID-19 vaccines use any live virus and, therefore, cannot make you sick.
 

Will I experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects are not uncommon when you receive any vaccine and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are no exception. While most side effects are mild and tend to resolve in about a day, severe side effects can result when you have a strong immune response to the vaccine. In the Moderna trial the most common side effects were fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, and headache while among those who received the Pfizer vaccine, severe side effects included fatigue and headache.
 

How much will the vaccine cost?

Federal health officials have said that any approved COVID-19 vaccine will be free to everyone who wants one, regardless of your insurance status. Vaccines will be covered under Medicare and Medicaid.
 

REMEMBER: a vaccine is not a treatment for COVID-19 and it is not a cure. It is designed to protect you from getting COVID-19 and becoming sick. Just because we will soon have a vaccine does NOT mean you can start to ignore mask wearing, social distancing, or public health guidance on indoor gatherings. Now, more than ever, we are asking you to take these measures seriously.