WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE

As of May 12th, 2021, everyone age 12 or older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

 

The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations. All vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12 years old and older. For more information on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Texas, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website by clicking HERE.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine do I need to get?

A: Refer to the chart below for information on the number of vaccine doses required:

Vaccine Dose Information

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

A: No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. The Moderna vaccine uses only a gene from the virus while other vaccines being studied use inactivated virus. NONE of these can cause COVID-19.

Q: After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

A: No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​

If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination—there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Q: What are common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, nausea and vomiting, and fever.

Q: How long will it take for the vaccine to protect me?

A: According to the CDC, it will take approximately one to two weeks following the 2nd dose of the Moderna vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated and protected. Full protection from the Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be expected within 2 to 4 weeks after injection.

Q: Do I have to continue wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?

A: Yes. We should continue wearing masks, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing until enough vaccine has been manufactured and distributed to slow the spread of COVID-19. More information is also needed about how long the COVID-19 will provide antibodies.

Q: Will I be monitored for any side effects after I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Yes. Vaccine providers will monitor patients for at least 15 minutes after each dose in case of immediate adverse reactions to the vaccine. Any patient with an adverse history to injectable vaccines may be monitored longer. In addition, each patient will be encouraged to sign up with the CDC monitoring program called V-Safe. To learn more about V-Safe, click HERE.

Side Effects & Allergic Reactions

Mild side effects are normal signs your body is building protection, and they usually go away after a few days. Severe reactions from the vaccine are rare. To be safe, your provider will have you wait on-site for 15-30 minutes after your shot. There’s no evidence that the vaccines cause long-term health problems.

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine: CDC and FDA have recommended that use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. However, women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. If you received a J&J/Janssen vaccine, here is what you need to know. Read the CDC/FDA statement.

People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their healthcare provider.

To register for the V-Safe program AFTER you’ve received your vaccination, click the image below:

For more answers, please see the CDC page Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination.

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