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COVID-19 Vaccine

T.J. Regional Health offers both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

Moderna Vaccine appointments are available each Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm - 5pm in the IV Therapy Department at T.J. Samson Community Hospital. Please call 270.651.1814 to schedule your primary series or booster dose.

It is important that you bring your COVID Vaccine card with you when you get your booster.

About the Moderna Vaccine

  • The Moderna Vaccine has been approved by the FDA for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • The FDA has also approved booster doses for those who are 50 and older or who are 18 and older if they are immunocompromised. Must be four months since 1st booster to receive a 2nd booster.

About the Pfizer Vaccine

  • The Pfizer Vaccine has been FDA approved for individuals 16 and older and has been authorized for use under an Emergency Use Authorization for individuals 12-15 years of age.
  • Pfizer has also been approved for Emergency Use for children ages 5-11. Pediatric doses for this age group are available with an appointment at the T.J. Health Pavilion.
  • Additionally, the Pfizer Booster is available for those who are 50 and older or those who are 12 and older if they are immunocompromised. Must be four months since 1st booster to receive a 2nd booster.

Pfizer for patients 12 years of age and older is offered on Wednesdays at the T.J. Pavilion Pharmacy. Use the button below to request an appointment or call 270.659.5599. For information about getting vaccines for children ages 5-11, please call our Pediatric Office at the T.J. Health Pavilion at 270.659.5885.

It is important that you bring your COVID Vaccine card with your when you get your booster.

Pfizer Appointment Request

About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

T.J. Regional Health does not currently offer the J&J Vaccine. However, for the millions of individuals who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, booster shots are also recommended if they are 18 and older and were vaccinated two or more months ago. The CDC has approved "mix-and-match" boosters shots, meaning that those who initially received the J&J vaccine may take either a Moderna or Pfizer Booster. To schedule a Moderna or Pfizer Booster appointment, even if you originally took J&J, please use the links above.


General Vaccine Information

How do I schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

For the Moderna COVID Vaccine, please call 270.651.1814 to schedule an appointment.

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.

What Should I Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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.

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 5+ 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.

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.