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What is CoxHealth's vaccine prioritization structure?

CoxHealth will administer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who is age 12 or older. To schedule your vaccine, call 417-269-INFO.

Are there any symptoms associated with getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. If symptoms develop, they usually occur within three days of vaccination and are limited to one to two days.

What are the common symptoms?

Symptoms that may occur after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine include pain and redness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, fever, chills, nausea/vomiting, muscle aches and pain and joint pain.

How can I tell the difference between COVID symptoms and possible symptoms from the vaccine?

Symptoms NOT associated with vaccination include shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. These symptoms are commonly associated with COVID-19 illness.

How should I manage any symptoms associated with getting the vaccine?

People experiencing symptoms may use ibuprofen or acetaminophen to manage post-vaccination symptoms.

Should I take pain relief medication before getting vaccinated?

Pre-treatment with ibuprofen or acetaminophen is not recommended.

I had COVID-19. Can I get vaccinated?

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 should postpone vaccination until you have met the requirements to discontinue isolation, either 10 or 20 days based on severity, and you have recovered from the acute symptoms of COVID-19.

Can I get vaccinated if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Those who have had an exposure to a person with COVID-19 and are monitoring daily symptoms may get vaccinated. If you have had a high-risk exposure and are under quarantine at home, you should delay vaccination until after the quarantine period has ended. There is no need to be tested for COVID-19 in order to get vaccinated.

Can I get vaccinated if I received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibody?

You must wait 90 days to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve had monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19.

Can I get another other vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is recommended that there be at least 14 days between receiving COVID-19 vaccine and receiving any other vaccine.

Can I stop wearing a mask after receiving the vaccine?

You should continue to follow all infection prevention and PPE recommendations regardless of your vaccination status. This includes masking, physical distancing and hand washing.

Will the vaccine affect the results of a COVID-19 test?

No. COVID-19 vaccination does not influence the results of COVID-19 tests.

I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I get the vaccine?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are not contraindications to the vaccine, meaning they are not conditions that would be reasons to withhold the vaccine. If you are pregnant, you should discuss vaccination with your OB provider.

Should I be tested for pregnancy before getting vaccinated?

Pregnancy testing is not necessary prior to vaccination.

I am immunocompromised. Can I get the vaccine?

People who are immunocompromised should still receive the vaccine, but it may be less effective.

How much does the vaccine cost?

The vaccines are free from the federal government, but there is a fee to cover the supplies and people needed to administer them. This amount, however, will not be charged to patients. For those with insurance, this will be billed to their plan, but it will not result in an out-of-pocket charge. When patients are uninsured, we will submit that claim to a federal program for reimbursement. In either case, patients will not have a cost for their vaccine.

Will I need to provide insurance information to register for the vaccine?

Yes. However, the vaccines are free from the federal government, but there is a fee to cover the supplies and people needed to administer them. This amount will not be charged to patients. For those with insurance, this will be billed to their plan, but it will not result in an out-of-pocket charge. When patients are uninsured, we will submit that claim to a federal program for reimbursement. In either case, patients will not have a cost for their vaccine.

Do I have to get the same brand of vaccine for my first and second dose?

Yes, current guidance states you will need the same brand of vaccine for the first and second dose unless you've received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that requires only one dose.