We are at a “Love Your Neighbor” moment with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a time when Americans can get vaccinated to help protect their loved ones and their neighbors. Getting vaccinated is an important tool in helping us get back to normal life. Starting April 9th Missourians will have access to three different vaccines. Fordland Clinic is offering the Pfizer and the Moderna at this time.
There are many reasons to be excited about the three COVID-19 vaccines that are now getting into arms across the state of Missouri. At the top of the list is their extremely high level of safety and protection against the coronavirus. The three vaccines that received emergency use authorization are: Pfizer (2 dose vaccine) for 16 years and older, Moderna (2 dose vaccine) for 18 years and older, and the Johnson & Johnson (single dose vaccine) for 18 years and older.
Side effects are mostly mild to moderate. Most common side effects are in the arm where you receive the injection and can include pain, redness, and swelling. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, nausea. In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. Talk to your provider about what over the counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or Tylenol you should take for pain and discomfort. You can apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area, use or exercise your arm to help reduce discomfort, and remember to drink plenty of fluids.
Fordland Clinic is holding covid vaccine events. You do not have to be a patient of the clinic to receive the vaccine, but you must call to make an appointment. To schedule an appointment call Kimberling City office at 417-739-1995 or the Fordland office at 417-767-2273. You must be a Missouri resident. Please bring your insurance card and driver’s license at the time of your appointment. Fordland Clinic will file with your insurance company for the administration fee. There is no cost to the patient for the vaccine.
To learn more about the three different vaccines visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/prepare-for-vaccination.html