Vaccine Information

 

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When can I get vaccinated?

We are currently scheduling anyone 12 years of age or older.

What is herd immunity (or community immunity)?

Herd immunity, or community immunity, happens when enough people are immune to an infectious disease through vaccination or prior illness to make its spread from person to person unlikely. Experts estimate that herd immunity would require a large percent of the population to have COVID-19 immunity, either through prior infection or vaccination. That’s why experts are encouraging the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

How much does the vaccine cost?

The federal government will cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that your health care provider may charge an office visit fee or a fee to give the vaccine. Health insurance is required to cover these fees. Providers should administer the vaccine regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Once I get vaccinated, how long until I am protected?

Once you receive your first vaccine you will need to make a plan to receive your second dose. The second vaccine can be given in four (Moderna) weeks. After your second dose, it takes your body 2-3 weeks to build up the antibodies needed to protect you.

Once fully vaccinated, the vaccine will provide you with about 95% protection, but it is unclear if it protects those around you. While you are unlikely to get sick, you may still be able to carry the virus. Please continue to wear a mask and wash your hands regularly.

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