Who's eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
T.J. Regional Health now offers both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and widespread vaccination is readily available. Everyone ages 12+ can now get their vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved by the FDA for those 16 and older, and authorized for emergency use in 12 to 15-year-olds. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older.
How do I schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
For the Pfizer COVID Vaccine, you can click the button above to fill out the online appointment request or call the T.J. Health Pavilion Pharmacy at 270.659.5599 to schedule an appointment.
For the Moderna COVID Vaccine, please call 270.659.1010 to schedule an appointment.
What Should I Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for those 16 and older, and authorized it for emergency use in 12 to 15-year-olds. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for emergency use for those 18 and older in the United States.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses. It’s important for you to get both doses of these vaccines to get the maximum benefit. When you complete your first vaccination appointment, your second dose appointment will be automatically scheduled for you.
Pfizer’s vaccine doses are given 21 days apart. Moderna’s vaccine doses are 28 days apart. But if you can’t schedule your second dose during this time frame, you do not need to get the first dose again if the second dose is given later. This is because the CDC says there is no maximum time between doses.
Booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine
Booster doses are recommended for:
- Individuals ages 65 and older.
- Individuals in long-term care settings.
- Individuals ages 50 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe COVID-19.
Those who are also eligible to receive booster doses include:
- Individuals ages 18 to 49 who have underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe COVID-19 after review of individual benefit.
- Individuals in institutional settings, or those who have an occupational risk of exposure to COVID-19.
The booster dose is for those who have previously received Pfizer’s vaccine for their initial two doses. A booster dose may be given at least six months after the second dose was received.
Is the third dose for people with compromised immune systems different than a booster dose?
- For individuals with compromised immune systems, a third dose is recommended and must be given at least 28 days after the second dose.
- For individuals who have received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and meet certain requirements, a booster dose can be given at least six months following the second dose.
The dose of Pfizer's vaccine administered is the same. The only difference is the appropriate timing of administration.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
Yes, we strongly encourage you to get it.
Given the speed of development of these vaccines, it’s understandable that there have been questions about whether or not there’s been enough research and testing to ensure the vaccines are safe. But all vaccines must go through rigorous clinical trials to determine safety and efficacy.
As with many vaccines, you may be sore where it’s injected. You may also develop fatigue, fever and muscle aches afterward. This seems to be more common with the second dose of vaccine. If this happens, it means your immune system is taking notice of the vaccine and reacting.
Can vaccinated people still get COVID-19?
It is still possible to get COVID-19 even if you're fully vaccinated, because no vaccine is 100% effective. In fact, breakthrough cases (when someone tests positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after they're fully vaccinated) are expected. Breakthrough infections are more common in indoor settings with large groups of people, the elderly, and in individuals with compromised immune systems. However, the vaccines greatly reduce the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. For more information on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Should I be concerned about a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. Allergic reactions, including shortness of breath and hives, were uncommon during COVID-19 vaccine trials. All recipients receiving the vaccine will be monitored for at least 15 minutes after vaccination for possible immediate hypersensitive reactions. If you have a history of allergic reactions to vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
What side effects can I expect from the vaccines?
In the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials, the vaccines were very effective with only mild side effects that are common in all vaccines. These include fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headache.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
Similar to the first authorized COVID-19 vaccines for adults, the Pfizer vaccine went through rigorous testing and analysis to determine its safety and effectiveness in children 12+ before it was made available to them. Because children’s immune systems are different than adults and change as they age, vaccines are tested and approved for different age groups. Medical trials involving children involve strict protocols to ensure their safety and trials are still underway for children 6 months to 11 years old.
If I’m pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive, can I get immunized?
Based on current research and safety data, the CDC recommends that women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant be vaccinated against COVID-19. We encourage you to talk to your Ob/Gyn to help you make a decision together.
If I've had COVID-19 should I get vaccinated anyway?
We still recommend that you get the vaccine even if you’ve had COVID-19. However, you may consider waiting 90 days after getting infected as it’s not common to get COVID-19 again within three months of first being infected.