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Lee Health COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Last updated: May 26, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine

General Questions
Vaccine Safety Questions
Vaccination of Children and Adolescents

How can I get vaccinated at Lee Health?

Lee Health’s community vaccine clinic is open to anyone over the age of 12 and you do not need to be a patient of Lee Health or Lee Physician Group. You may sign up using our online scheduling system at the link above.

Currently, children under the age of 12 are not allowed in our hospitals, including accompanying you to get your vaccine. Please click here for our current visitation policy.

How must does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

All COVID-19 vaccines are administered at no cost to you. We do ask that you please bring your personal identification card and medical insurance card if you have one.

When should I get vaccinated at a hospital rather than a retail pharmacy?

Anyone who is eligible may access Lee Health’s community vaccine clinic, but iIf you have a history of adverse reactions to other vaccines or medications, or have an underlying health condition, you may feel most comfortable getting your vaccination in a hospital setting where urgent and emergency care is nearby. At Lee Health, we monitor all vaccine recipients for 15 minutes after administering the vaccine and we are ready to provide any care needed after vaccination.

Can my children get vaccinated?

Lee Health is using the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 to 17. Click the link above to schedule an appointment. Parental permission is required to be vaccinated, and a parent must be present at the vaccination clinic.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

When Lee Health has multiple brands of COVID-19 vaccines in stock, you will be given a choice of which vaccine you receive. If only one brand is available at the time of your appointment, you will receive that vaccine.

I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and I am concerned about recent news, what should I look out for?

If you receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and begin to experience severe headaches, severe abdominal pain, backaches, leg swelling, shortness of breath, unexpected bruising or rashes consisting of tiny red, purple or brown spots on your skin, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

An increased risk of a blood clot more than 30 days after vaccination is unlikely.

Should I be concerned about other brands of vaccine after the Johnson & Johnson news?

No. Pfizer and Moderna are the only other two vaccines currently available in the U.S. and neither has shown signs of an increased risk of blood clots. Your risk of a blood clot if you contract COVID-19 is exponentially higher than the risk involved with vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated at their earliest opportunity.

Those with underlying health conditions or severe allergies should consult with their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

Will I be able to stop wearing a mask after I am vaccinated?

In addition to protecting yourselves and others around you from COVID-19, an added benefit of getting vaccinated is that the CDC has relaxed some masking guidelines. You can see their latest recommendations at this link. As more people get vaccinated the CDC will be able to further relax masking recommendations and help us return to normalcy.

Should I get the vaccine even if I have already had COVID?

Yes, we encourage you to get the vaccine even if you have already had COVID. You will be eligible to receive the vaccine after you complete your quarantine or isolation period following your COVID-19 infection.

Should I get the vaccine even if I have tested positive for COVID antibodies?

Yes, if you are eligible to receive the vaccine and have tested positive for antibodies you should still get the vaccine. This is because antibodies may only stay in our bodies for a limited time and the vaccine provides further protection.

Is it a benefit or risk to take the vaccine if you are on immunosuppression medication?

People on immunosuppression medications may not mount the same immune response to the vaccine as those who are not on those medications. It is not a risk to take the vaccine, but protection may not be equal.

How soon will I be immune after getting the vaccine?

The body will begin to make antibodies to fight COVID-19 about two weeks after receiving the vaccine. The second shot required of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines works as a booster to extend protection and is necessary based on current vaccine studies for improved protection.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccine Safety

Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has logged millions of COVID-19 cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths from COVID-19. We need to utilize every available tool to stop the spread of this highly contagious and potentially deadly virus. While wearing masks, staying socially distanced, avoiding crowds and frequently washing hands have proven effective at slowing the spread, vaccinations can increase immunity and help stop it. More fully vaccinated people means a quicker return to living our lives more like we did before the pandemic began.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:

  • All COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing the disease, and have been given Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.
  • Based on data from clinical trials and what is known about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help keep you from becoming seriously ill if you do contract COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated helps protect others around you, particularly those who may be at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Additional vaccines currently in development are being evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized for use only if they are shown to be safe and effective.
  • Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, and vaccines are widely available for everyone at no cost.

How was the vaccine developed so quickly?

The development of the COVID-19 vaccines did not occur as quickly as it may seem. Researchers had a head start after formulating vaccines for other coronaviruses. They applied the knowledge they obtained after the 2003 SARS epidemic and the 2012 MERS outbreak. The formulation of the Ebola vaccine also taught them more about viruses, although Ebola is not a coronavirus. The rapid spread of COVID-19 made developing vaccines a worldwide priority, which allowed funding to become available quickly and enabled scientists to work rapidly to ensure vaccine safety.

How has vaccine safety been tested?

Before receiving Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, the vaccines are tested in three phases and inspected to ensure safety.

  • Phase 1: The vaccine is tested in healthy adults, usually between 20 and 80 generally healthy people. Experts evaluate the type of immune response created as well as safety, dosage and side effects.
  • Phase 2: The vaccine is given in various dosages to hundreds of adults who may have a variety of health issues and come from different backgrounds. These studies provide additional safety information regarding common short-term side effects, risks, dosages, immune response, and may provide information regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness.
  • Phase 3: The vaccine is administered to thousands of adults of varying ages and backgrounds. Some people receive the vaccine, some receive a placebo and their disease protection levels are compared. Experts continue to track data to learn more about the disease.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant people?

If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While it is not required, you may want to discuss it with your health care provider if you’re unsure about whether to get vaccinated. Experts believe the vaccine is unlikely to pose a risk to those who are pregnant. The CDC and FDA have safety monitoring procedures in place to collect and monitor information about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. Early data have not identified any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated or for their babies.

Will a vaccine received during pregnancy also protect a baby after birth?

Recent reports showed that people who received COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) during pregnancy, mostly during their third trimester, have passed antibodies to their fetuses, which could help protect the babies after birth.

Pregnant people are encouraged to participate in the v-safe pregnancy registry, CDC’s smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after vaccination. V-safe gathers information about the health of pregnant people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Participation is voluntary and participants may opt out at any time.

Will the vaccine cause fertility problems?

There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with fertility or pregnancy. Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for years into the future.

Does the vaccine cause side effects?

The vaccines may cause side effects in some people, such as sore muscles, fatigue, or mild fever. These reactions mean that your body is learning how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed. For most people who experience them, side effects will last only a day or two. Having any of these side effects does not mean that you have COVID-19. If you have questions about your health after your vaccination, talk to your doctor.

When can we get back to our normal lives? 

It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against the coronavirus. Two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, one is considered to be fully vaccinated. Once you are fully vaccinated, you may start to do some of the things you stopped doing because of the pandemic.

For example:

  • You may get together indoors in small groups of fully vaccinated people without wearing masks.
  • You may engage in outdoor activities without wearing a mask, provided you are not in a large group of people or in a small area.
  • In public and with unvaccinated people, you should continue to take precautions: wear a mask, maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.

Will everyone need to have a booster?

While the term of how long the protective powers of the vaccine lasts is not entirely clear, Pfizer recently stated that it is likely a booster dose will be needed within 12 months. Similar to how we protect ourselves against the flu, it is believed that annual revaccination will be necessary to stay protected, no matter which COVID-19 vaccine brand you get. Testing of the vaccine booster dose is underway by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. These boosters will protect against emerging variants of the coronavirus.

What is population immunity? 

Population immunity, or herd immunity, means that enough people in a community are protected from getting a disease either because they have already had the disease or because they have been vaccinated. Therefore, COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Population immunity makes it more difficult for the disease to spread and protects those who cannot be vaccinated, such as infants and people who are allergic to the vaccine. The percentage of people who need to be protected to achieve population immunity varies by disease. The greater the number of people are vaccinated, the more protected everyone will be against the disease and the sooner the pandemic will end.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccinating Adolescents age 12-17

The expansion of COVID-19 vaccination for ages 12+ is a significant step in the fight against the pandemic. While children and adolescents generally have a milder course of the disease, in the first 13 months of the pandemic approximately 1.5 million COVID-19 cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) among those age 11-17. As of May 12, 2021, the CDC reported 287 deaths among children (all ages).

Parents can rest assured that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (AICP) undertook a rigorous and thorough review of the vaccine research data before concluding that known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks.

Is the Pfizer for minors the same dose as adult version?

As is the case with most vaccines, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the same dose for those who are age 12-17 as it is for adults. There are some vaccines where a higher dose is given to children, such as Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and others where the vaccine dose is lower (Hepatitis B), but in most instances it is the same. The purpose of a vaccine is to stimulate the immune system, so your age, weight or height, for example, does not influence the dosage you are given. As with adults, the Pfizer vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart for adolescents age 12-17.

What is the effectiveness of the Pfizer minor dose?

The Pfizer vaccine has been found to be amazingly effective in protecting children from the coronavirus. In its studies, Pfizer’s vaccine provided 100% protection for those 12-15 years old and 95% protection for those between 16 and 25.

Will the vaccine affect my child’s fertility?

There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with fertility or pregnancy. Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for years into the future.

What types of symptoms does the Pfizer vaccine cause among minors?

Post-vaccine symptoms associated with children are similar to those of adults. The vaccines elicit an immune response that could include pain at the injection site, tiredness for the next 24 hours or a headache. Some children reported chills or muscle pain. Less frequent side effects include fever, joint pain and nausea. All of these symptoms are short-lived and the risks of a COVID-19 infection outweighs those of the vaccination.

Will my child need to get a booster vaccination?

While the term of how long the protective powers of the vaccine lasts is not entirely clear, Pfizer recently stated that it is likely a booster dose will be needed within 12 months. Similar to how we protect ourselves against the flu, it is believed that annual revaccination will be necessary to stay protected, no matter which COVID-19 vaccine brand you get. Testing of the booster shot is underway by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. These boosters will protect against emerging variants of the coronavirus.

Where can I get more information about the COVID vaccine?

For the latest information on the COVID vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control, please visit