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Things you should note before getting the COVID-19 vaccine:

COVID vaccines are not interchangeable. CCI is offering two types of vaccines that are safe for adults 18+. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses to be 94% effective. You must receive the second dose of your vaccine in 28 days. The Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen vaccine only requires one dose and is 72% percent effective. 

Once you receive the vaccine there is a required observation period so you should plan for extra time in the health center. Post-vaccination observation times:

    • 30 minutes for people with a history of an immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a vaccine or injectable therapy or a history of anaphylaxis due to any cause.
    • 15 minutes for all other persons.

If you are exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms you should get tested before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

What you should mention to your provider before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine:

If you have received a monoclonal antibody infusion (an intravenous treatment for COVID-19 done at the hospital or infusion center) in the last 90 days.

If you have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have a history of immune compromising conditions (HIV/AIDS, history of solid organ transplant, a cancer patient on chemotherapy).

If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking a blood thinner.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have received another COVID-19 vaccine

 

What are the side effects of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

Injection site reactions include pain, tenderness, and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness. Some general side effects include fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever.

More information on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

 

What are the side effects of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine?

Injection site reactions include pain, tenderness, swelling (hardness), and redness. Some general side effects include fatigue, headache, muscle pain, nausea, and fever.

More information on the Johnson & Johnson/JanssenCOVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

How does the vaccine work?

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains genetic material called messenger RNA (mRNA) from the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), which is genetic material. The vaccine does not contain the actual virus and cannot cause a COVID-19 infection. The mRNA vaccines teach a person’s cells to make a protein triggering an immune response in the body. The body learns one virus trait and can then recognize it and jump into action if the virus tries to establish an infection. The mRNA leaves the body with no trace. What is left behind is a molecular memory of the virus.