COVID-19 Vaccine Update:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone aged 6 months and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters:
Individuals ages 5 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine booster.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?
CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination for more information visit the CDC Website
If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, public health experts are seeing reduced protection over time against mild and moderate disease, especially among certain populations.
Do boosters use the same ingredients as existing vaccines?
Yes. COVID-19 boosters are the same ingredients (formulation) as the current COVID-19 vaccines.
What are the risks to getting a booster shot?
Adults and children may have some side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. Serious side effects are rare, but may occur.
Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?
Yes, the definition of fully vaccinated does not include a booster. Everyone, except those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection. People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes getting boosters when eligible.
COVID-19 Myths & Facts
It's unsafe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day.
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older, including people who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future, as well as their partners.
Currently, no evidence shows that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems (problems trying to get pregnant) in women or men. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and people who would like to have a baby.
COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips.
COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease and are not administered to track your movement.
Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.
Learn more about the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccinations authorized for use in the United States.
The ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.
Nearly all the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are also ingredients in many foods – fats, sugars, and salts.
Exact vaccine ingredients vary by manufacturer. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines also contain messenger RNA (mRNA) and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine contains a harmless version of a virus unrelated to the virus that causes COVID-19. These give instructions to cells in your body to create an immune response. This response helps protect you from getting sick with COVID-19 in the future. After the body produces an immune response, it discards all the vaccine ingredients just as it would discard any information that cells no longer need. This process is a part of normal body functioning.
COVID-19 vaccines do NOT contain ingredients like preservatives, tissues (like aborted fetal cells), antibiotics, food proteins, medicines, latex, or metals.
Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.
COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.
A COVID-19 vaccine can make me sick with COVID-19.
Because none of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
COVID-19 vaccines cause variants.
COVID-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines can help prevent new variants from emerging.
New variants of a virus happen because the virus that causes COVID-19 constantly changes through a natural ongoing process of mutation (change). As the virus spreads, it has more opportunities to change. High vaccination coverage in a population reduces the spread of the virus and helps prevent new variants from emerging. CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.
Learn more about variants.
Ready to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster?
MVHC is administering COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals age 6 months and older.
To schedule an appointment, call 888-454-5157 or text 740-891-9000.
To find the closest MVHC location to you, click here.
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