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The Institute for Family Health is currently offering the Moderna vaccine, which is for people age 18 and older. People age 12 and older can get the Pfizer vaccine.
You can also get vaccinated at a New York State or New York City vaccine site. In NYC, visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ or call 877-VAX-4NYC. Outside of NYC, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 833-NYS-4-VAX.
For COVID-19 vaccine information in Ulster and Dutchess county, visit https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/vaccine-resource-center/ and https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.htm.
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Because COVID-19 is so serious, scientists from all over the world have worked together to create safe vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large research studies to make sure they are safe. People of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions, volunteered to participate in these studies, which have shown the vaccines are safe. The U.S. government, New York State, and many countries around the world have set up special committees to make sure the vaccines are safe.
We are currently offering the Moderna vaccine. For the Moderna vaccine, you will need one shot, and then a second shot 28 days later. When you come in for your first shot, we will schedule your second appointment.
Shots often feel like a quick pinch. After, your arm might feel sore or warm, or look red. You might get a headache or a fever. Some people have worse side effects after their second shot. These side effects are a sign that the vaccine is working.
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19. You may feel some side effects from the vaccine, like a headache or fever. Your arm might feel sore or warm, or look red. These side effects should go away on their own within a week. If you have more serious side effects, please call us so we can help.
Everyone will be able to get vaccinated regardless of insurance or ability to pay. If you have insurance, your insurance may pay. Otherwise, you will be able to get the vaccine for free from us or from New York State or New York City.
Yes. Some people who had COVID-19 can get it again. Even if you had COVID-19 and you think you might be immune, getting the vaccine is the safest choice. However, you should not get vaccinated if you are currently sick with COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 now, talk to your provider about when to get vaccinated.
You should not get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have recently received other vaccines in the last 14 days. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine after 14 days have passed from receiving another vaccine.
To start, young children will not be able to receive the vaccine. Children ages 16 and older can receive one version of the vaccine. We will find out more soon about whether the other vaccines are ok for children. Most children who get COVID-19 don’t get very sick, so it was important to work on a vaccine for adults first.
If you are pregnant, talk with your provider about whether you should get vaccinated. There is less information about whether the COVID-19 vaccines are ok for people who are pregnant.
Yes. The vaccine is not a perfect fix. We will still need to practice other precautions like wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, social distancing, handwashing and other hygiene measures until public health officials say otherwise. It’s important for everybody to continue to practice these precautions to help stop this pandemic.
We do not yet know how long the protection from the vaccine will last. The safest choice is to get vaccinated now. As we learn more, we will know whether people will need to get vaccinated again later.