Frequently Asked Questions
Any adult over the age of 18 can get a vaccine if they belong to the group the state and local health officials authorize for vaccination.
An appointment is required for a COVID-19 vaccine. Please check the vaccine location page for appointment availability. For all other urgent care services (i.e., injuries, x-rays, physical exams, etc.) patients can reserve their time or walk-in at their convenience.
For a COVID-19 vaccine, please follow the below instructions:
Reserve your time by visiting the clinic page or the COVID-19 vaccine location page.
Please note that appointment slots become available at midnight each day.
Once you have received a time slot, you will receive a confirmation text message. You must receive the confirmation text to be confirmed.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and stay in your car, unless otherwise noted in your text message. Please text the clinic to let them know you have arrived. You can do this by replying to the confirmation text you received when you made your appointment.
Bring your insurance card (for Medicare please bring your original Medicare card) and a valid ID.
Please review all information on our COVID-19 vaccine page.
There is no out of pocket costs for the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of insurance or lack thereof.
Physicians Immediate Care primarily offers the Moderna vaccine. Depending on the clinic location or availability, we may offer the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead.
It’s complicated. But in a nutshell, the two available vaccines train our immune systems to make antibodies to the coronavirus spike proteins. This is similar to what would happen when we are exposed to COVID but – importantly – the vaccines work without making us sick with COVID and the antibodies made by the vaccines are currently much more effective.
Advances in technology allowed the rapid development of this vaccine. The safety process that vaccines go under was not “rushed.”
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe. In clinical trials, less than 1% of patients had a serious reaction.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group has stated to the FDA:
“COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups.”
“COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.”
The mRNA vaccines are not live virus vaccines. These vaccines do not enter the nucleus and do not alter human DNA in vaccine recipients. As a result, mRNA vaccines cannot cause any genetic changes in adults, children, or a fetus.
There are no adjuvants (additives) or preservatives added to the vaccine.
Reports of allergic reactions have tended to happen to patients who have severe allergies to multiple allergens and are required to carry epinephrine at all times.
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is effective. Clinical trials have shown that the Moderna vaccine reaches 94% effectiveness two weeks after the second dose, and the Pfizer vaccine reaches 95% effectiveness one week after the second dose.
The Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine reached 72% efficacy, after only two weeks, in the United States. Vaccine efficacy for the J&J vaccine increases steadily after administration, and at 56 days after inoculation, to 90-95% effectiveness.
Comparing the efficacy of the three vaccines is like comparing apples to oranges. The clinical trials were held at different points in time (the J&J vaccine was tested when the recent variants had started making the rounds), and the trials were testing for different outcomes.
At Physicians Immediate Care, we have complete confidence in all 3 of the vaccines being offered.
It is too soon to know how long a vaccine will last. It is currently being researched. From initial studies, the immunity granted by the vaccines last longer than the immunity granted by the disease.
According to Dr. Fauci, getting vaccinated doesn't give you a free pass to resume your pre-pandemic life. No vaccine guarantees perfect immunity against a virus. However, it does offer the chance to broaden the activities you used to do. While it is encouraged to continue to wear masks in public places and avoid large crowds, some things you can resume after being vaccinated are:
• Going to the doctor or dentist
• Getting a haircut
• Visiting with family and friends who have been vaccinated.
• Visiting the library
• Having an in-person meeting with co-workers who have been vaccinated
• Swimming, jogging, walking, horseback riding, etc.
• Hugging a loved one
• Outdoor dining, or dining indoors at restaurants that are complying with the state's occupancy rules.