COVID-19

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Watch for COVID-19 Vaccine ScamsThree Ways to Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

While vaccination details are getting worked out, here's what you can be sure of:

  • You can't pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. That's a scam.
  • You can't pay to get early access to the vaccine. That's a scam.
  • Nobody legit will call about the vaccine and ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. That's a scam.

Ignore any vaccine offers that say different, or ask for personal financial information.

Learn more at ftc.gov and consumerresources.org.

COVID-19 Information & FAQs

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Vaccine Information

When will the vaccine be available?

The COVID-19 Vaccine will be available in various phases which have been determined by subject matter experts as well as federal and state leadership. Local jurisdictions may not deviate from the state plan.

Estimated Timeframe:

  • Phase 1 started Dec. 2020 and includes the following: healthcare workers, long term care facilities residents and staff and first responders.
  • Phase 2 is expected to take place Feb. 2021-July 2021 and will include those most vulnerable and other frontline workers.
  • Phase 3 is anticipated to take place in July 2021 and this is when the vaccine is expected to be available to the general public. 

Disclaimer: Timeline and populations have been determined by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) and are subject to change.

What are the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine? How long do these vaccines prevent COVID-19?

In ongoing clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines have been shown to prevent COVID-19 following 2 doses. The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown. 

How does the vaccine work?

Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work on the CDC's website.

Do the current COVID-19 vaccines use live virus?

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC website's vaccine facts page.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be free?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine series will be free for every individual. No one will be charged out of pocket fees to receive the vaccine. Vaccine providers may ask for your insurance information as they can receive reimbursement for administration fees but they cannot charge these fees to individuals. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

I don’t have insurance. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? How much will it cost?

Every American will be eligible to receive the vaccine series with no out of pocket costs. If a person has public or private insurance, vaccine providers will be able to charge an administration fee. This fee cannot be charged directly to the patient. For more information, visit the CDC website's vaccine FAQs.

What are the risks and side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech  or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects that have been reported with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine include: 

  • injection site pain 
  • tiredness 
  • headache 
  • muscle pain 
  • chills 
  • joint pain 
  • fever 
  • injection site swelling 
  • injection site redness 
  • nausea 
  • feeling unwell 
  • swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) 

There is a remote chance that the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. 

Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include: 

  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Swelling of your face and throat 
  • A fast heartbeat 
  • A bad rash all over your body 
  • Dizziness and weakness 

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines are still being studied in clinical trials.

Do I have to quarantine after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Although some symptoms from general reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine (side effects), including fever, body aches, and headaches-which last 1-2 days- are the same as those of a COVID-19 infection, this does not mean the vaccine causes infection but that the immune system is working.

What is V-Safe?

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that will check on you after you get your COVID-19 vaccine. It'll ask about side effects and it'll also remind you when it's time to get your 2nd dose.

Sign up in the V-Safe website.

For more information about V-Safe, view the V-Safe information sheet (PDF) or visit the CDC's website.

Who should NOT be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Those who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • Those who have a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine

What are the ingredients in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: 

  • mRNA
  • lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and cholesterol)
  • potassium chloride
  • monobasic potassium phosphate
  • sodium chloride
  • dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
  • sucrose

Who should NOT be vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Those who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • Those who have a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine

What are the ingredients in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: 

  • messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA)
  • lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC])
  • potassium chloride
  • monobasic potassium phosphate
  • sodium chloride
  • dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
  • sucrose

Are there age restrictions to the vaccine?

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for individuals 16 years of age and older. The Moderna vaccine has been approved for individuals 18 years of age and older.

I’m pregnant or breastfeeding and am concerned about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. What should I do?

Please contact your primary care physician or specialist to discuss your concerns. Your physician can assist you in making an informed decision for your specific situation.

I’m immunocompromised or have another medical condition. Will this impact my ability to get the vaccine?

Immunocompromised individuals, including those receiving immunosuppressive therapies, may have a diminished immune response to the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your primary care physician or specialist to discuss your concerns. Your physician can assist you in making an informed decision for your specific situation.

I’ve already had COVID-19. Do I need a vaccine or am I immune?

Experts do not know how long someone is protected from reinfection and this natural immunity can vary from person to person. Reinfection with COVID-19 is possible so even people who have had COVID-19 should consider getting the vaccine.

How will I know which vaccine I receive? 

You will be notified at the time of your vaccine which brand you’re receiving. You’ll also receive a vaccine card. You must keep your vaccine card as proof of vaccination. You’ll bring this to receive your 2nd dose.

Can I receive a 2nd dose of any available vaccine?

No. You must receive a 2nd dose of the same brand of vaccine. Your vaccine card will specify which brand you’ve received. You must keep and present this vaccine card for your 2nd dose.

Can you get sick with COVID-19 while waiting on the booster vaccine?

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. For more information, visit the CDC website's vaccine benefits page.

Has there been a coronavirus vaccine before?

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are two diseases caused by coronaviruses that are closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers began working on developing vaccines for these diseases after they were discovered in 2003 and 2012, respectively. None of the SARS vaccines ever made it past the first stages of development and testing, in large part due to lack of interest because the virus disappeared. One MERS vaccine (MVA-MERS-S) successfully completed a phase 1 clinical trial in 2019. Lessons learned from this earlier vaccine research have been used to inform strategies for developing a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit the CDC website's vaccine FAQs.

Will the vaccine change my DNA?

Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA. mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.

Will the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. The Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines do not contain SARS-CoV-2 and cannot give you COVID-19.

Will the vaccine mean that other safety measures and restrictions can be relaxed?

Vaccine distribution will take many months so it is vital that we all continue to wear our masks, physically distance, avoid large gatherings and practice hand hygiene. Please also continue to follow local, state and national safety guidelines.

Does the vaccine have any effect on fertility?

There is no initial evidence or scientific concern that shows the vaccine could impact fertility. 

Should I take the vaccine if I have had convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibody therapies?

At this time, there is no data on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in people who received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibody therapy. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that vaccination be deferred until 90 days after receiving convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies. 

Can I receive my Flu Shot or another vaccine when I receive my COVID-19 vaccine? Do I have to wait a certain period of time between COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines?

The CDC does not recommend receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when other vaccines are being administered. Additionally, they recommend a minimum interval of 14 days before and after the COVID-19 vaccine where no other vaccines are administered.

Watch for Scams!

You can't pay to get put on a list to get a vaccine or pay to get early access to the vaccine. Do not give your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number - these are scams.

Learn more at ftc.gov and consumerresources.org.

Distribution

Who decides where the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed?

  • CDC determines the number of vaccines sent to each state based on population
  • Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) then allocates vaccines to providers throughout Texas
  • Due to limited vaccine, DSHS is focusing on areas of Texas hardest hit by COVID-19

Who provides COVID-19 vaccine in my community?

ATCPHD is just one COVID-19 vaccine provider in our community. Other local healthcare providers and pharmacies have signed up and are receiving COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit the website of or call your primary care provider and local pharmacies to receive more information about how they plan to allocate their doses. Each provider determines how best to distribute their vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Facts:

  • ATCPHD’s waitlist is not shared with other pharmacies or medical providers
    • Please reach out to your primary care provider and local pharmacies to inquire about their vaccine
  • When the ACTPHD receive vaccine:
    • Eligible individuals on the waitlist will be contacted via phone call
      Priority will be based on the Texas DSHS distribution plan (i.e. healthcare workers, individuals over 65 and/or those will qualifying medical conditions)
    • Individuals on the waitlist will receive a call to schedule an appointment
      ATCPHD will not be accepting walk-ins