We are currently scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for patients and members of the community.
The Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12+ at 259 Monroe Avenue
Common Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine:
Yes! We recommend that everyone be vaccinated. It's safe and effective.
Getting vaccinated is good for you, your family and friends - and it helps us get to "herd immunity" that can stop the pandemic.
There are 3 vaccines available in the United States.
Pfizer vaccine: people ages 12 and older.
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines: people ages 18 and older.
The availability of Pfizer vaccine in the 12-15 year age group allows us to begin vaccination of school aged children – another step toward herd immunity.
Most people will have pain or redness at the injection site that does not interfere with daily activities. Fatigue and muscle aches are other common side effects. Usually, these side effects last 1-2 days.
You may have heard about blood clotting problems with some vaccines. These events are rare – about 1-2 people per million vaccinated. When the CDC vaccine committee looked at this, they concluded the known benefits of vaccines outweigh potential risks.
Probably not. We will ask you a series of questions about how you are feeling. If you have a fever, fatigue, muscle aches or a flu-like illness, you should wait until those symptoms are gone before you are vaccinated.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 95% effective at reducing COVID infection; the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a bit lower. If a vaccinated person gets a COVID infection, the infection does not get worse or require going to the hospital.
In young people, ages 12-15, the Pfizer vaccine was 100% effective at preventing any COVID infection in people who were vaccinated.
Yes, based on our experience so far. The Moderna vaccine trial had a small number of people living with HIV in the trial. All of them did well and responded to the vaccine. Side effects in people with HIV were the same as with other groups in the trial.
Moderna and other manufacturers are doing separate studies of vaccine in people living with HIV - so more information will follow.
Yes. You should talk to your OB provider first and discuss the pros and cons of the vaccine if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Yes. In fact, people with underlying medical problems are at high risk for complications from COVID infection and will benefit from the vaccine. The vaccine reduces the risk of COVID infection and reduces the risk of severe disease and hospitalization.
No. None of the vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that the vaccine can't make you sick with COVID-19.
This is still being studied. The chances of spreading virus are lower in people who have been vaccinated. This is another reason to be vaccinated - if you get a COVID infection, you will most likely have a milder course of illness.
Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, travel, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. This includes local businesses and workplaces.
Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you’re not fully vaccinated - and you need to keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
See CDC recommendations for details:
COVID-19 Vaccinations at Trillium Health:
There will be a short form to fill out and we'll ask you a few questions. After the vaccination, we'll keep an eye on you for 15 minutes. Then we'll schedule your follow up appointment for the second dose.
About 20 minutes. The vaccination itself will only take a few minutes, however, we will ask you to wait for 15 minutes to make sure that you don't have any serious side effects.
Please bring your insurance card, your ID, and wear a mask.
Your second dose will be scheduled onsite by our staff approximately 3-4 weeks after your first dose.
The vaccination is free.
No - you do not need insurance to get the vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccination Educational Resources
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