Reynolds County Health Center Covid Vaccinations
We are holding COVID Vaccination Clinics every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Bring your covid card/Immunization record to be updated if possible. Walk-Ins welcome!!
Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
What You Need to Know
- Side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine can vary from person to person.
- Some people experience a little discomfort and can continue to go about their day. Others have side effects that affect their ability to do daily activities.
- Side effects generally go away in a few days.
- Even if you don’t experience any side effects, your body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Adverse events (serious health problems) are rare but can cause long-term health problems. They usually happen within six weeks of getting a vaccine.
Common Side Effects
Side effects after a COVID-19 vaccination tend to be mild, temporary, and like those experienced after routine vaccinations. They can vary across different age groups.
Covid 19; What You Need to Know
- CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group:
- Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
- COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 data.
COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters.
Four COVID-19 vaccines are approved or authorized in the United States:
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) (CDC recommends that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine only be considered in certain situations, due to safety concerns.)
To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
The updated boosters are called “updated” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Two COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer and Moderna, have developed updated COVID-19 boosters.
Updated COVID-19 boosters became available on:
- September 2, 2022, for people aged 12 years and older
- October 12, 2022, for people aged 5–11 years
- December 9, 2022, for children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine primary series
- March 17, 2023, for children aged 6 months–4 years who completed their 3-dose primary series with the original Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
If you have received your updated booster dose, you are currently up to date. There is not a recommendation to get another updated booster dose.
Previous boosters are called “original” because they were designed to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19. They also provide some protection against Omicron, but not as much as the updated boosters.
When Are You Up to Date?
You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and got the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.
- If you have completed your primary series—but are not yet eligible for a booster—you are also considered up to date.
- If you become ill with COVID-19 after you received all COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for you, you are also considered up to date. You do not need to be revaccinated or receive an additional booster.
COVID-19 vaccine recommendations are based on three things:
- Your age
- The vaccine you first received, and
- The length of time since your last dose
People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
Getting Vaccines If You Had or Currently Have COVID-19
If you recently had COVID-19, you still need to stay up to date with your vaccines, but you may consider delaying your next vaccine dose (whether a primary dose or booster) by 3 months from:
- when your symptoms started.
- Or, if you had no symptoms, when you first received a positive test.
Reinfection is less likely in the weeks to months after infection. However, certain factors could be reasons to get a vaccine sooner rather than later, such as:
Getting your 2nd dose: Talk to your healthcare or vaccine provider about the timing for the 2nd dose in your primary series.
- People aged 6 months through 64 years, and especially males aged 12 through 39 years, may consider getting the 2nd primary dose of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax 8 weeks after the 1st dose.
- A longer time between the 1st and 2nd primary doses may increase how much protection the vaccines offer, and further minimize the rare risk of myocarditis and pericarditis.
- Anyone wanting protection due to high levels of community transmission, people aged 65 years and older, or people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, should get the second dose of:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 3 weeks (or 21 days) after the first dose.
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine 4 weeks (or 28 days) after the first dose.
- Novavax COVID-19 vaccine 3 weeks (or 21 days) after the first dose.
- You are 18 years of age or older
- You completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series at least 6 months ago
- You have not gotten any other booster dose
One updated booster dose: If you have completed your updated booster dose, you are currently up to date. There is not a recommendation to get another updated booster dose.
- Children aged 6 months–4 years who completed their primary series with 3 doses of the original Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are recommended to receive an updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
- Children aged 6 months-4 years who completed their primary series with 2 doses of the original Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and a 3rd dose of the updated Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are not currently recommended to get an updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
Currently unavailable: The original Moderna primary series vaccines have expired and are not available after April 1, 2023, for people aged 6 years and older. Talk to your healthcare provider about other options for your COVID-19 vaccines. Because Moderna is not currently available for a 2nd primary dose, you can get a dose of another type of COVID-19 vaccine, for example. Moderna updated boosters are still available.
Mixing COVID-19 Vaccine Products
While CDC does not recommend mixing products for your primary doses, there are four exceptions:
- The same vaccine product is not available, for example, the original Moderna primary series vaccines being unavailable after April 1, 2023 for people aged 6 years and older.
- The previous dose was given, but the product administered is unknown.
- The person would otherwise not complete the primary series.
- The person starts but is unable to complete a primary series with the same COVID-19 vaccine due to a contraindication.
The following information applies to people who want to get different products for their booster vaccine.
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