Everyone ages 16 and older is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

Many people have questions about vaccinations. Are they safe? Should I get vaccinated if I’m pregnant? What if I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered?

It can be confusing! The doctors at Vecino Health Centers are helping make the information easy to understand with answers to these common questions.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. All COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

It is recommended that you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible and can get an appointment.

Learn more about how the CDC is ensuring vaccine safety in the U.S, including the latest information about Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Can I get a vaccination at Denver Harbor Family Clinic?

If you are a patient of Vecino Health Centers, we will be contacting you as the vaccine supply expands and we have doses available. 

We won’t stop until all our patients are vaccinated!

We encourage patients to register to receive the vaccination at other locations, including Harris County Health.

 

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. The vaccines don’t carry any parts of the virus, you cannot get sick with coronavirus from the vaccine.

If I've already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. You should get the vaccine even if you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection.

Learn more from the CDC: why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

Should I get the vaccine if I'm pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at any trimester. Discussing the vaccination with your prenatal care provider before getting it is always recommended.

The prenatal care providers at Vecino Health Centers are available by appointment to explain the latest information on the safety of the vaccines in pregnant women. They can help you decide if getting vaccinated is right for you and what to expect.

A new study shows that COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at protecting pregnant women and are likely to provide protection for their babies. In addition, more than 30,000 pregnant women who have received the vaccine have been self-reporting to the CDC and there have been no concerning outcomes or complications.

For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women, visit the CDC website or schedule an appointment for prenatal care with Vecino’s team of providers.

Prenatal care is available at Vecino Health Centers. Call 713-674-3326 for more information. 

 

Are there side effects after getting vaccinated?

You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

Common side effects include:

On the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Should I get vaccinated if I've tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, there’s a chance you might get infected again if you are exposed to the virus. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated when your turn comes to avoid getting sick again.

Should children get vaccinated?

Not yet.

Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for people ages 16 and up, and Moderna’s vaccines are currently approved for adults over 18.

The use of this Johnson & Johnson is ‘paused’ for now. This is because the safety systems that make sure vaccines are safe received a small number of reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot happening in people who got this vaccine.

 

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series of vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, (Johnson & Johnson*)

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. 

*Use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine has been paused by health officials out of an abundance of caution while they investigate extremely rare cases of blood clots.