THREE WAYS TO SCHEDULE YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE!

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IF YOU ARE A PATIENT

OF CARING HEALTH CENTER

  CALL US AT:

739-1100 OR 693-1015

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WALK-INS ARE ALSO WELCOME!

2 GREAT SPRINGFIELD LOCATIONS:

1049 MAIN STREET & 473 SUMNER AVE NEW!

 

FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED

• WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

• IF VACCINES HAVE ALL BEEN USED FOR THE DAY,
   YOU WILL BE SCHEDULED A RETURN APPOINTMENT SLOT.

   WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!

The COVID-19 Vaccine - Your Questions Answered

What’s important to know?

Because we don't yet know whether the vaccine protects recipients from spreading the virus to others, continue to follow public health protocols. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

 

Who is eligible for vaccination now?

People age 12+ who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated.

 

How do I sign up to be vaccinated at Caring Health Center?

Call us at (413) 693-1015

If no answer please leave a message.

How effective are the vaccines?

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is the one currently being administered by Caring Health Center.

It has received FDA emergency use authorization.

  • The Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective in preventing COVID-19 disease among clinical trial participants.
    (In comparison the seasonal flu vaccine is only 40-60% effective at preventing the flu and does not protect against COVID-19.)

 

How will I pay for the vaccine?

Vaccines provided at Caring Health Center are FREE! In general cost should not be an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the CDC vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost.

 

What will getting a vaccine be like?

Like the flu vaccine, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be administered as a shot in the muscle of the upper arm. Both will require patients to receive 2 shots 21-28 days apart respectively. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should discuss getting the vaccination with your doctor. Please refer to the chart and video below for specifics.

The COVID-19 Vaccine - Your Questions Answered (cont.)

If I have already had the COVID-19 virus, and already recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

There is not enough information currently available to say if, or for how long, after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better

understand this.

 

Can you get infected with COVID-19 after the vaccination?

According to the CDC it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

 

Can children receive the vaccination?

No not yet. The vaccinations are not yet approved for use in people younger than 16 years of age. Reports suggest that children might be able to be vaccinated late next year.

 

Will life return to normal, right away, after I receive the vaccination?

No.

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot. Your healthcare provider will give you details as to when full immunity starts.

 

Because we don't yet know whether the vaccine protects recipients from spreading the virus  others, continuing to follow public health protocols against disease transmission is key. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your

hands often.

 

Is there anyone who should not get vaccinated?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction—also known as anaphylaxis—to ingredients used in either Covid-19 vaccine, you should not get vaccinated. You can see a list of the ingredients used in both vaccines on the FDA website FDA.gov, or on the Moderna site. Links to both of these are at the very

end of this section.

 

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable therapies, ask your doctor if you should get the vaccine.

 

Worried about allergic reactions?

 

Allergic reactions are very rare. On January 22, 2021 the CDC reported only 10 serious allergic reactions out of 4 million doses administered.
The reactions happened approximately 7 minutes after the vaccine was given.

 

Patients vaccinated at Caring Health Center who have concerns about allergies are observed for 15-30 minutes so that treatment for allergic reactions can be given in case it is necessary.

 

Click the Moderna button below for complete information about the vaccine used here at Caring Health Center. It includes a list of all the ingredients in the vaccine.
If you have additional concerns please speak with your healthcare provider.

For more information about the vaccine please click the buttons below.

413.739.1100

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Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b,

and a deemed Public Health Service

Employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

 

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