WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE
HOPE Clinic is working hard, in cooperation with State and Local officials, to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to our eligible patients. Unfortunately, due to limited availability of the vaccine, we are ONLY able to vaccinate the patients at the highest risk. HOPE Clinic will be reaching out to our established patients under Category 1B as vaccines become available. Eligibility categories are explained below:
Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A) plus people over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19 (called Phase 1B) are currently eligible to receive the COVID‑19 vaccine.
Phase 1B recipients include:
- People 65 years of age and older
- People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
(Graphic courtesy of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Please click on the graphic to visit the DSHS website and learn more about the statewide rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many doses of the Moderna vaccine do I need to get?
A: Two. You will need to get two doses of the Moderna vaccine, given 28 days apart.
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 Moderna 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 vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated and protected.
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.
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.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), HOPE receives HHS funding and Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.
HOPE Clinic is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).