COVID-19 and Vaccine FAQs
The highly-trained physicians at Premier Urgent Care have provided this list of frequently asked questions to help patients understand COVID-19 and vaccination. If you are in need of vaccination or have more questions, call our urgent care office in Hyde Park, Chicago at (773) 891-2890 today!
What exactly is the COVID-19 Disease?
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus not previously seen in humans. COVID-19 was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, which has spread around the world. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more about it each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can cause severe illness and death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness. The latest situation summary updates are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?
The two recommended vaccines (by CDC) – Moderna & Pfizer have been through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccines because they have shown to meet proper safety criteria and are highly effective as determined by data in large clinical trials.
Who can receive the two recommended COVID-19 vaccines?
The TWO current recommended vaccines (by CDC) – Moderna & Pfizer are authorized and recommended for people 18 years of age and older.
Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I get?
You should get any of the TWO current COVID-19 vaccines recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention); which are Moderna & Pfizer when you are eligible. Do not wait for a specific brand of vaccine.
Do the vaccines require more than one shot?
Yes. Currently at the moment for the TWO recommended (by CDC) vaccines – Moderna & Pfizer, they require two doses, given weeks apart, to get the most protection. The first shot of either Moderna or Pfizer starts building immune protection. A second shot a few weeks later is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer. The second dose of Moderna should be given 3 weeks (21 days apart) & for Pfizer, it should be given 1 month (28 days apart).
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccinations work by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Can I get COVID-19 from either of the TWO recommended (by CDC) vaccines?
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that is responsible for COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine CANNOT make you sick with COVID-19.
Can I get more than one vaccine (two different dose brands)?
No. Current CDC guidance states that the Moderna & Pfizer vaccines are NOT interchangeable. You should not get more than one type of COVID-19 vaccines, and you should not mix the two-dose vaccines.
What are the common side effects that may occur from the vaccinations?
- Local injection reactions: Pain, Redness, Swelling
- Systematic reactions: Tiredness, Headaches, Muscle Pains, Chills, Fever, Minor Nausea.
What if I am pregnant or soon to be pregnant? Can I still get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Pregnant, soon to be pregnant, or lactating people can receive any of TWO recommended (by CDC) COVID-19 vaccines; the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) does NOT state a product preference. It is always recommended to consult with your primary physician before receiving the vaccination.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have allergies?
Yes. The CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications—such as food, pet, venom, environmental or latex allergies—get vaccinated. If you have had an immediate allergic reaction, even if it was not severe, to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Do I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccines?
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at ZERO cost. However, vaccination providers can charge an admin. fee for giving someone the shot. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for this by the patient’s public or private health insurance or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.