COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently asked questions

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Why should I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

By receiving the vaccine, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 and help our community, state and nation recover from the pandemic.

Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?

Anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive the initial dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina.

To learn about the requirements of a third dose, or booster dose, click here.

I'm eligible, and I want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. What do I need to do to?

At Tidelands Health, it’s easy to receive the initial COVID-19 vaccine. Simply walk in during regular hours at one of our three conveniently located vaccination sites. Click here to learn more.

To learn about the requirements of a third dose, or booster dose, click here.

I've been vaccinated. What can I do now?

The COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be both safe and remarkably effective, prompting the CDC to give fully vaccinated people the go-ahead to resume some activities that stopped because of the pandemic. Click here to read the CDC's guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Yes, the COVID-19 has been shown to be safe. You can learn more information about the vaccine approval process by clicking here.

Are there any temporary symptoms?

It’s common to experience benign temporary symptoms from a vaccine, such as soreness or fatigue, which indicate the body is responding the way it’s supposed to. Because of the rigorous vaccine safety measures in place, serious adverse reactions to vaccines are rare.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be highly effective in protecting against the COVID-19 virus.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is not a live virus. Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 use inactivated virus or bits of genetic code from the virus to train the body's immune system to create antibodies and memory cells to protect against an actual SARS-CoV-2 infection.

How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need to take?

Currently, the initial vaccine consists of one or two doses, depending on the vaccine. Tidelands Health currently only administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which requires two doses. When a vaccine requires two doses, they are typically given three to four weeks apart.

A booster dose and third dose have been approved by the FDA for certain individuals. To learn more about who is eligible for a booster dose or third dose,  click here.

How long does it take for the vaccine to take effect?

The CDC considers people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of vaccine.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?

No. There's no evidence to suggest the vaccine affects fertility. Rather, the vaccine has been shown to help protect pregnant women and their children. The CDC recommends vaccination for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.

I'm pregnant. Should I receive the vaccine?

Yes, the CDC recommends pregnant women receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Research shows pregnant women face a greater risk of serious illness and pregnancy complications from COVID-19.

Can people with an egg allergy receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines do not contain egg.

What is the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Will receiving an mRNA vaccine alter my DNA?

Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA. mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.

Do I need an ID to be vaccinated?

No. We’ll request an ID when you arrive, but we do not require one.

Do I need an insurance card to be vaccinated?

No. If you have insurance, we’ll request a copy of your insurance card. But insurance is not required. Whether you have insurance or not, there is no out-of-pocket cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Which COVID-19 vaccine can children receive?

Anyone ages 12 and older can receive the initial Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people 18 and older. For children ages 12 to 15 to receive the Pfizer vaccine at Tidelands Health, a consent form is required. Download patient forms by clicking here.

Why should children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Although children are less likely than adults to suffer serious complications from COVID-19, they can – and do – become ill from the virus. Public health experts are also studying whether children are more susceptible to illness from the emerging COVID-19 variants than the original strain.

Another major benefit of vaccination is that vaccinated children are less likely to transmit COVID-19 to others, including family members who may be more likely to suffer from serious – and potentially life-threatening – complications from the virus.

Plus, by having your child vaccinated, you can help protect the health of our community. Even if a child doesn’t experience symptoms after being infected by COVID-19, each infection provides an opportunity for the virus to mutate and create a new and potentially more dangerous variant.

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