Vaccination for the coronavirus is currently underway across the United State. According to President Biden, all adults in the United States will be eligible to receive the vaccine by April 20, 2021.
Below you will find important information you need to know about vaccines, the vaccination process, and where you can get your vaccine.
The CDC guarantees that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The CDC recommends that you receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
The COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical testing. The vaccines met the FDA’s scientific standards for safety and effectiveness.
Each state determined how they would administer the vaccines. Most states started with healthcare workers, people 75 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions who are age 16 and over.
Beginning May 1, by order of President Biden, everyone in the United States must be eligible to get the vaccine.
Currently, several states and counties do not have restrictions on vaccinating residents and visitors. Other states ask for proof that you live in that state, such as a driver’s license, identification card, or showing evidence of residency with a monthly mortgage statement, or residential rental or lease agreement.
Please check the requirements of the state where you live.
The Covid-19 vaccine is available at many locations. Here are some common options:
- The CDC recommends using the online vaccine finder to find a location near you.
- Check with your local pharmacy.
- Check with your primary care doctor.
- You can also visit vietcovid.org to get information about the vaccine, where to find the vaccine in several states, and facts on the effects of the vaccine. The information is in English and Vietnamese.
- You can call Mi Familia Vota at 1-833-868-2667 to get a vaccine location near you. The information is available in English and Spanish.
- Visit the website of your state department of health. Here are links to each state (some states have information in other languages):
After getting the vaccine, it is possible to have mild to moderate side effects. These occur because your body is working on building protection against the virus. Your immune system is telling your body to react in a certain way to increase your blood flow and raise your body’s temperature to kill the virus.
Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to a vaccine. You may have different side effects from your family or friends.
The most common symptoms include:
- Swelling, redness, and pain at the injection site
- Muscle pain
The FDA says that although no severe allergic reactions were reported during clinical trials of the vaccines, after getting vaccinated some patients suffered a severe allergic reaction.
Because of this small possibility, after receiving your COVID-19 shot, you must remain under observation for 15 to 20 minutes in the place where you received the vaccine.
The coronavirus vaccine is voluntary. However, health authorities recommend that everyone get the vaccine if they can. The vaccine will help protect you from contracting and transmitting the virus.
According to the CDC, here are some of the common myths and facts about getting the coronavirus vaccine:
Myth: I’ll have problems having a baby.
Fact: Right now there is no evidence the vaccines cause problems in the pregnancy or the development of the placenta.
Myth: Getting the shot will alter my DNA.
Fact: The COVID vaccines don’t change your DNA; the vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so you can develop immunity.
Myth: After getting the shot, I will test positive for COVID.
Fact: There is no authorized vaccine that causes a positive result on the viral tests (the tests used to know if you have the infection).
Myth: After getting the shot, I will get COVID.
Fact: There’s no authorized vaccine that contains the live virus, so the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, different scientists have been working hard to rapidly develop a vaccine.
It is very likely that the vaccine you have received or may received was developed by an immigrant. Pfizer was founded by Charles Pfizer an immigrant from Germany. BioNTech was founded by a husband-wife team of Turkish origin. The founders of Moderna, an American company, include immigrants from Canada and Lebanon.
Learn about the three types of vaccines:
- Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine: Requires two doses administered 21 days apart; this vaccine is applied to the upper arm and is recommended for people 16 years of age and older.
- Moderna vaccine: Requires two doses administered 28 days apart; this vaccine is applied to the upper arm and is recommended for people 18 years of age and older.
- Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine: Requires a single dose. This vaccine is applied to the upper arm and is recommended for people 18 years of age and older.
On April 13, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily suspended after 6 cases with severe and rare blood clots were reported. On April 23, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine resumed use in the U.S. under recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The COVID-19 vaccine is free. It has no cost because the federal government provides it to all people who live in the United States, regardless of their immigration status or health insurance.
The CDC explains that vaccine providers cannot:
- Charge for the vaccine.
- Charge for administrative expenses or insurance co-payments.
- Deny the vaccine to people who are uninsured, underinsured, or out of network.
- Charge for the medical visit when they only provide the vaccine.
- Require you to use other services to receive the vaccine.
Please note that providers can charge for additional medical services provided when you receive the vaccine.
Providers can ask for your health insurance information to bill the insurance company for the administration of the vaccine. Providers cannot charge you the balance of the bill.
The federal government provides the vaccine free of charge to everyone living in the United States, regardless of immigration status.
In a February 1, 2021 statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it supports access to the vaccine for all people residing in the United States, regardless of immigration status.
According to DHS, it is a public health and moral necessity that everyone has access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn more about this important information from the Health Resources & Services Administration.
When you receive the first dose of your coronavirus vaccine, you will receive a white card. The card will have your name, vaccination date, where you were vaccinated, and the type of vaccine you received.
Please keep your card in a safe place because you will need it to receive your second dose and perhaps in the future.
If you do not receive a vaccination card, contact the center where you were vaccinated or check with your local health department.
Remember that your card includes your private information such as your date of birth and your name. To keep your privacy safe, do not share a picture of your card on social media or in any public form.
This information comes from trusted sources, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). USAHello does not give legal advice or medical advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal or medical advice. If you need medical help or require medical assistance, call your doctor or the health authorities.