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Yes, the vaccines were tested on tens of thousands of people and have passed safety requirements in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials. Over 179 million people have gotten vaccinated in the United States so far.
For more safety information, visit the trustworthy sources below for in-depth and accurate information about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
Yes. Scientists and medical experts have worked to ensure the vaccine is safe for children and adolescents ages 6 months to 17 years old. Before being authorized for children, these experts completed their review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials involving thousands of children. What’s more, 22 million children and adolescents, ages 5-17 have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. As of June 18, 2022, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are also authorized for children as young as 6 months.
Data from trials will continue to be collected for two years after each vaccine is first administered to ensure that they are safe for the long term. As with all vaccines, there will be ongoing monitoring among people who are vaccinated.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens.
All the COVID-19 vaccines have undergone a rigorous review process before being authorized for a given age group. The FDA’s evaluation of vaccines for young kids has been part of this overall thorough review process. Clinical trials were not started in children until after the trials in adults showed safety and efficacy of the vaccines.
Additionally, part of what made the review process longer for young kids is that experts were determining what dosage and series would be safe and effective for children under five. After reviewing initial data on the effectiveness of the vaccine in young kids, the FDA waited to receive additional findings from clinical trials to ensure that its recommendation was based on a substantial amount of clinical data.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.
Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
Please visit CDC's COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding for updated information to help you make your decision. You can also hear from medical professionals here.
The ingredients used in the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are simple. They contain mRNA, as well as lipids to ensure safe delivery of the mRNA that will initiate an immune response.Ingredients of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine include: recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dihydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), polysorbate-80, sodium chloride.Although FDA approved adjuvants (aluminum salts) and preservatives (ethlymercury) have a history of safe use in vaccines, they were not used by Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen.
Among vaccine recipients during the Pfizer clinical trials, 8.8% reported experiencing any reaction they considered to interfere with daily activity; the most common symptoms were fatigue (4.2%), headache (2.4%), muscle pain (1.8%), chills (1.7%), and injection site pain (1.4%). Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.Among vaccine recipients during the Moderna clinical trials, 9.1% reported local injection site reaction and 16.5% reported side effects with the most common being including fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches and pains.Additionally, no specific safety concerns were identified for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in subgroup analyses by age, race, ethnicity, underlying medical conditions, or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are authorized for those age 6 months and older. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older.The vaccines are not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. For information on vaccine components, refer to the manufacturers’ package inserts from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
Yes. Although use of the J&J vaccine was temporarily paused in April 2021, following a thorough safety review, U.S health officials determined that the recommended pause should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.
The two agencies have determined the following:
CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to discuss the latest data on TTS, hearing from the vaccine manufacturer Janssen and the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Subgroup, as well as a risk benefit analysis. ACIP is committed to be vigilant and responsive to additional information that could impact the risk benefit analysis of any of these vaccines. Vaccine safety monitoring will continue and any new information about TTS will be brought to ACIP as needed.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services updated the standing orders for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to indicate that either authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are preferred over the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals ages 18 years and older due to the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia or Guillain-Barre (GBS) following vaccination. Clients medically unable to receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or would otherwise not be vaccinated against COVID-19 may request the Janssen vaccine, and a CCPHC nurse may determine if the client is eligible for the vaccine.
Yes, those who have or have a history of thrombocytopenia, who have or have a history of a low platelet count, prior surgery (cardiac, orthopedic, trauma), cardiovascular disease, oral contraceptive use or hereditary thrombophilia.
If you experience any of the following symptoms seek medical attention right away: Shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain or swelling, backache, persistent abdominal pain, severe and persistent headaches, visual changes or easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services updated the standing orders for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to indicate that either authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are preferred over the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals ages 18 years and older due to the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia or Guillain-Barre (GBS) following vaccination. Clients medically unable to receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or who would otherwise not be vaccinated against COVID-19 may request the Janssen vaccine, and a CCPHC nurse may determine if the client is eligible for the vaccine.
In response to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and improvements in local case, hospitalization and vaccination rates, the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order expired Friday, May 14, 2021.
On May 14, 2021, the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order was allowed to expire. Masks are no longer be required indoors or outdoors unless a business, organization, or event chooses to continue to require them.
However, in accordance with CDC guidance, anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions such as wearing a well-fitted mask in public, staying six feet or more from those they don't live with and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
The Mid-America Regional Council has produced a guide to help businesses return to work safely. Additional information on protecting businesses and employees is available on the CDC website.
Please visit our School Guidance page for the latest updates and recommendations from public health.
Clay County populations are vulnerable to pandemics, outbreaks of novel communicable diseases, bioterrorist attacks, chemical incidents and natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, severe weather and earthquakes. Please call 816-595-4200 for more information.
This information is available on our food page.
The Clay County Public Health Center does not have a mold ordinance. It is recommended that you visit the EPA or the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services for
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services keeps a list of licensed installers and soil evaluators.
Anyone 6 months or older can receive a COVID vaccine at this time.
(Learn more about COVID vaccines for children and teens.)
Many different kinds of organizations have qualified to be vaccinators in Missouri. These include hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, large employers and more. You may also wish to check with your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or employer to see if they plan to offer the vaccine at any point.
You can visit our Where to Get Vaccinated page for a list of local options. For a list of pediatric providers, click here.
Yes, we offer vaccination for all ages (6 months+). You can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment with our clinic here.
Clay County Public Health Center has been providing the COVID-19 vaccine since Jan. 11, 2021. CCPHC was also part of Operation Safe, a community effort to vaccinate Missourians at a clinic at Cerner's North Kansas City campus.
The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna) are recommended over the use of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for use in the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 18 years and older. This is due to the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia or Gullain-Barre Syndrome following vaccination with the Janssen vaccine.
Clients medically unable to receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or who would otherwise not be vaccinated against COVID-19 may request the Janssen vaccine, and a CCPHC nurse may determine if the client is eligible for the vaccine. If you wish to receive a J&J vaccine, you may sign up under for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointment and let the nurse know you would like to discuss your eligibility to receive Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Getting a COVID vaccine is FREE for everyone.
No person can be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine providers may charge an administration fee to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, if the patient has any of those. If the patient does not have any of those, they are still able to get vaccinated for free.
Homebound individuals that meet certain criteria may be eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Clay County Public Health Center Homebound EMS Partnership Program or another homebound vaccination program, depending on home address. Clay County residents may call Mid-America Regional Council AAA at 1-800-593-7948 and your contact information will be provided to the vaccinator serving your area to coordinate your in-home vaccination.
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All middle school students (age 11-14) and high school students (age 16-18).
For clinics in summer 2022, students of eligible age may attend a clinic at any school in their district. They do not have to be attending summer school.
Registered nurses on staff with Clay County Public Health Center are trained and qualified to safely vaccinate students.
For clinics during summer 2022, yes. This is to ensure that an adult familiar with their medical history is present during the appointment.
For clinics during the regular school year, students are able to get vaccinated at their school during the school day, with parent permission through the registration form. Schools nurses, familiar with the medical histories of their school's students, oversee these clinics.
This program is at no cost to the school, students, or families. If a student is enrolled in Medicaid or has private insurance, insurance will be billed. Students without insurance (or insurance that doesn’t pay for vaccines) can also receive vaccines for free.
This program is a great opportunity to avoid the administration fees that apply when getting vaccinated at the CCPHC building!
Required and recommended vaccines for your student’s age group.
Not at this time. To get any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, please reference our list of local options.
COVID vaccines are now available for anyone 5 years and older. Learn more.
The dates of all scheduled school clinics for Summer 2022 are listed at the top of the Immunizations at Schools page. If your child's school/school district is not currently scheduled for a clinic or you're unable to attend on the scheduled date, you can make an appointment with your child's doctor or at Clay County Public Health Center to make sure they get the vaccinations they need to start the school year.
Clinics in Summer 2022 will generally take place in the morning and early afternoon, in alignment with summer school hours.
Yes. Your child will not receive any vaccinations at school until the registration and consent form is completed and submitted.
Only a biological parent may provide consent. If another guardian is providing consent, guardian paperwork is required. Guardianship paperwork may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 816-595-4390.
If you have questions about the school vaccination program, please contact your school nurse or the Clay County Public Health Center Immunizations program staff at 816-595-4355.
For questions about vaccines (safety, effectiveness, etc.), please speak with your child's doctor. You can also get information from trustworthy sources like CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Mercy.
Los eventos de despensa móvil se llevan a cabo el primer miércoles de cada mes. (En algunas ocasiones, el mal tiempo puede obligarnos a cancelar un evento; consulte nuestras redes sociales para mantenerse al tanto).
La distribución usualmente inicia a las 3 pm y termina cuando se agotan las existencias o a las 4:30 pm.
Este evento se lleva a cabo afuera del Centro de Salud Pública del Condado de Clay, ubicado en 800 Haines Drive, Liberty, MO 64068.
Nuestra despensa móvil es un evento con autorrápido. Esto significa que no es necesario bajarse de su automóvil.
Cuando llegue, sencillamente póngase en fila y un miembro de nuestro personal le entregará un formulario corto (hay disponible una versión en español) para que la llene mientras espera. Cuando llega al primer lugar en la fila, los voluntarios tomarán su formulario lleno y cargarán los alimentos en su auto.
La despensa móvil está destinada para familias con necesidad de ayuda alimentaria. Sin embargo, cualquier persona puede obtener alimentos en nuestros eventos. No es necesario presentar pruebas de tener necesidad. También puede recoger alimentos para darlos a otras personas.
No es necesario que resida en el Condado de Clay. No es necesario ser ciudadano de los Estados Unidos.
No es necesario traer ninguna documentación ni hacer algo en particular para recibir alimentos. No le pediremos pruebas de necesidad, prueba de ciudadanía ni identificación.
Le pediremos a una persona de cada vehículo que llene un formulario por cada familia que recibirá alimentos. Este es un cuestionario breve de media página que pregunta cosas tales como código postal, cuántas personas residen en su hogar y cómo se enteró del evento. El formulario se encuentra disponible en español.
Usualmente recibimos cajas con frutas y vegetales de Harvesters para distribuirlas. Estas cajas pueden incluir manzanas, papas, cebollas, verduras, maíz, zanahorias y mucho más. ¡Son diferentes todos los meses!
¡Algunas veces sí! Happy Bottoms proporciona pañales gratuitos de tallas diferentes en algunos de nuestros eventos (Junio, Julio, Agosto 2022). Asegúrese de consultar nuestra página web y nuestras redes sociales antes de cada evento para ver si habrá pañales disponibles ese mes.
Desafortunadamente, no podemos hacer entrega de alimentos ni permitir que se recojan fuera de las horas de funcionamiento de la despensa móvil. Usualmente se distribuyen todos los alimentos en cada evento y/o es necesario mantener los alimentos en frío, lo cual no puede hacerse en nuestras instalaciones.
Comprendemos que nuestro evento no siempre ocurre en un horario conveniente para todos. Existen muchas otras oportunidades en el área para obtener alimentos gratuitos si tiene necesidad. Por favor consulte la página Get Food Assistance de Harvesters para obtener información útil.
Sí. ¡Muchas gracias por su interés! Por favor llene el formulario de voluntarios interesados.
The mobile food pantry events occur the first Wednesday of every month. (Occasionally, severe weather may cause us to cancel an event. In this case, please check our social media channels for updates.)
Distribution usually starts at 3pm and ends when we run out of food or 4:30 pm. In the past, we have had a long line form hours before the event begins but as of Spring 2022, this is no longer the case and we still encourage you to come even if you can't arrive until after distribution starts.
This event takes place outside Clay County Public Health Center, located at 800 Haines Drive, Liberty, MO 64068.
No. Since 2020, our mobile food pantry has been a drive through event. This means that there is no need to leave your car.
When you arrive, simply get in line and our staff will come around and give you the short questionnaire to fill out while you wait. When you get to the front of the line, volunteers will take your piece of paper and load your food in your car.
While the purpose of the event is to provide fresh and healthy foods to those in our community who might otherwise not be able to afford all the nutritious food their family needs that week, anyone is welcome to get food at our events. No proof of need is required. You can also pick up food for other people.
You do not have to live in Clay County.
You do not need to bring any paperwork or anything else to receive food.
We will ask one person from each car to fill out 1 form for each family receiving food. This is a short, half-page questionnaire that asks things like zip code, how many people are in your household and how you heard about the event.
Usually we receive boxes of fruits and vegetables from Harvesters to distribute. This could include apples, potatoes, onions, greens, corn, carrots and lots more. Each month is different!
In the past, we have sometimes received other types of food items like dairy or meat. We cannot guarantee these in the future.
We are excited to announce that Happy Bottoms will return and give out free diapers during our events in June, July and August 2022.
Remember, if your family is in need, you can always contact Happy Bottoms to become part of their program.
Yes! We just ask that one form per family is filled out.
Please make sure that whoever picks up for you knows:
Unfortunately we are not able to deliver food or allow anyone to pick up food outside of our pantry's hours.
We usually distribute all the food during the event and/or the food items must be kept cold which we cannot accommodate in our building.
We understand that our event is not always convenient for everyone. If someone is not able to pick up food for you, there are still many opportunities in the area to get free food items if you are in need.
Please see Harvesters' Get Food Assistance page for helpful info.
Yes, thank you for your interest! You can sign up to volunteer through Harvesters or through Clay County Public Health's volunteer interest form.
Clay County Public Health Center cannot accept food donations for our mobile food pantry. However, you can donate food to Harvesters.
Do you have extras from your garden that you'd like to donate? Harvesters also has a program where you can donate produce that you've grown. Click here to learn more.
Omicron is the name of a variant of the COVID-19 virus. A variant is a mutation found in the COVID-19 virus that might cause the disease to act differently and affect people differently compared to what we’re already seen.
Omicron has been named a “Variant of Concern” by the World Health Organization.
Yes. CDC announced on Wednesday, Dec. 1 that the first case of COVID-19 caused by Omicron was found in the U.S.
The first case was in a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021. The individual had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative.
The first COVID-19 case caused by Omicron in Missouri was announced December 3, 2021. The Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services was notified by public health partners of a sample presumed positive for the Omicron variant originating from a St. Louis City resident who had recent domestic travel history. The sample was originally sequenced as part of commercial laboratory surveillance and results are currently awaiting confirmation by the CDC.
This variant is very new and we don’t know exactly how large a threat it could be to people’s health. However, we do have a tool that has proven effective against previous variants: vaccination. Omicron makes it even more important to get vaccinated (everyone age 5+) and get your booster shot (if eligible).
In addition to vaccination, Omicron should also encourage us to use the other tools we have to prevent spreading germs. This includes wearing a mask and keeping distance while around others, avoiding crowds, getting tested for COVID-19, washing your hands often, covering your coughs and sneezes and more.
Because this variant is new, experts still have a lot to learn about it. Currently, it is unknown how efficiently the Omicron variant can spread from person to person. It is unknown whether Omicron is more transmissible than other variants.
Scientists have found that Omicron has a large number of mutations in portions of the genome that can potentially increase how easily this variant of COVID-19 spreads and prevent treatments from being as effective as they’ve been in the past.
Although we are still learning about Omicron, we’ve been fighting COVID-19 since last year and we know what people can do to protect themselves. If you’re not yet vaccinated – now is the time. In areas of high and substantial transmission, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors. Remember to stay 6 feet away from people and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
Health experts are studying how effective the COVID-19 vaccines are against the Omicron variant. It will take several weeks or longer before there is enough data to understand how well the vaccines work against the variant.
Many experts believe that current vaccines will remain effective, especially against severe disease. For the best protection, all people eligible for a booster dose should get it as soon as possible.
Omicron is still COVID-19 so symptoms will likely be the same or similar to other variants of COVID-19. See a list of known symptoms of COVID-19.
Scientists are still working to learn how the Omicron variant specially affects people who get it. If any different symptoms are discovered, this update will be provided to the public so they can better identify their illness. If you feel sick - you should get tested.
Viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus. Some variants emerge and disappear while others stick around for a long time. New variants of the COVID-19 virus are expected to occur. CDC and other public health organizations continue to monitor for new and existing variants so they can provide updated information to help keep the public safe.
You can help prevent the COVID-19 virus to stop mutating by stopping the disease from continuing to spread. Taking measures to reduce the spread of infection, including getting a COVID-19 vaccine and wearing masks in places where community transmission is substantial or high, are the best ways to slow the emergence of new variants. To see if Clay County is experiencing low, moderate, substantial or high community transmission, visit the data hub webpage at clayhealth.com/data.
COVID-19 test results – those given by pharmacies, health organizations, etc. – will only tell you if COVID-19 is present in your sample or not. They will not tell you which variant you have.
Variants are discovered through “genomic sequencing.” Sequencing is a process that scientists use to decode the genes that make up a virus and learn more about the virus. Samples collected through testing go through sequencing at a laboratory. This process takes more time and effort than basic COVID-19 testing, which is why it is usually not possible to tell each person which variant they have. Instead, samples are chosen for sequencing either because the person is more likely to have a variant (due to travel, known exposure, etc.) or random samples are chosen for sequencing to help identify which variants are spreading in a community.
Missouri: Missouri is participating in the national surveillance for COVID-19 variants of concern. Our state’s public health laboratory is sequencing a limited number of samples for presence of genetic material specific to each variant. See the latest data. Since February 2021, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services has been collaborating with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the University of Missouri to test wastewater samples for the presence of COVID-19variants in our communities. Learn more about Missouri’s Sewershed Surveillance Project.
CDC is following the details of this new variant closely. Omicron is not derived directly from Alpha, Delta or other Variants of Concern.
Learn who is currently eligible for boosters on our website or from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
Medical and public health experts, including the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that children and adolescents age 6 months and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them from contracting and spreading the virus.
The vaccine is the best way to protect children from becoming severely ill or having long-lasting health impacts due to COVID-19. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, it is still possible. COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19.
Another important reason for children to get the COVID-19 vaccine is to protect their friends, family, and the broader community from the spread of the virus. The higher the vaccination rates, the lower the chances that the coronavirus will mutate into additional variants.
You can get vaccinated after having COVID-19 as soon as you are able to end isolation. See the criteria for ending isolation here.
An exception would be for people who were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma or people who have a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C). They may need to wait a while after recovering before they can get vaccinated and its recommended to talk to their doctor.
Some recent studies indicate that immunity gained through infection can be highly effective. However, we are still learning exactly how long this natural immunity can last. Vaccination is also a much safer way to acquire immunity. While some people may have mild cases of COVID, it is not worth the risk of having a more serious case that requires medical intervention or results in long-term health issues.
You can receive a copy of your vaccination record from Clay County Public Health Center by completing this online form. The record will include proof of your COVID-19 vaccination if you were vaccinated anywhere in Missouri. We cannot offer replacement cards at this time.
If you were vaccinated with Operation Safe or North Kansas City Hospital, a record of your vaccination can also be found in the myhealth patient portal. Learn more.
If you are vaccinated, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic. However, to maximize protection from variants and prevent possibly spreading it to others, it is recommended to wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission, even if you are vaccinated. Some cities, counties and businesses may require the use of a mask regardless of vaccination status.
Please see CDC's guidance for When You've Been Fully Vaccinated.
See CDC's latest guidance for who needs to quarantine and when.
Yes. It is still possible to contract COVID-19, with these cases being known as "breakthrough cases." Although the vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19, is not 100% effective. There is some evidence that vaccination may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick.
If you've been vaccinated, you should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
You may choose to continue to wear masks and practicing physical distancing, even after you have been vaccinated. Learn more about After You've Been Fully Vaccinated.
If it has been less than two weeks since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of your age, you are NOT considered fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two doses of the vaccine to reach maximum effectiveness. Even after receiving your second dose, you will not be immediately protected from COVID-19. Studies show that it takes about one to two weeks after your last dose for your body to be able to protect itself against illness.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine takes about two weeks after your first and only dose.
If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your first dose, it is very important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected in the future.
It is also very important that you receive the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine on time. The time frame between the vaccine’s first and second dose is determined by the companies producing the vaccine to maximize your body’s ability to create antibodies against the virus. Many vaccinators will go ahead and schedule your appointment for your second dose while making your first appointment or during your appointment.
Getting more than one dose for a vaccine is not unusual. In fact, it’s the norm. Many routine vaccines require more than one dose for maximum protection.
We don’t know yet – researchers will continue to collect data on study participants to determine if immunity decreases over time and if repeat vaccination is necessary.
If you have symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccine, these symptoms do not mean you have gotten COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. For more information about symptoms after receiving the vaccine you can view the CDC’s What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet.
This term describes when enough people have protection - either because they’ve already had the disease or they’ve been vaccinated - it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread between people in a community and cause outbreaks of disease.
Public health experts are still learning about what percentage of a community would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19. The percentage needed to reach herd immunity varies by disease.
Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against infection by most variants. Most important, they have prevented serious illness, hospitalization, and death, even at a time when new variants are spreading around the world.
11/29//21: The emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and other prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. While there is much to learn about the Omicron variant, we do know that COVID-19 vaccines are our best tool to avoid serious illness & hospitalization.
Our clinic hours are currently by appointment only - Monday-Thursday from 8:00 to 4:00 and Fridays 8:00 to 12:00. You can make an appointment by calling 816-595-4261.
Please call 816-595-4261 and a staff member will help you set up an appointment.
We no longer accept insurance and self-pay fees will apply at the time of your visit. However, no one is denied services due to inability to pay. Call 816-595-4261 for additional details or any questions you may have.
Please bring your photo ID, Medicaid card, if you have one, and some form of payment. Also make sure you do not go to the bathroom one hour before your appointment so we can get accurate test results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
It is a very good idea to get tested; however, it is important to wait three weeks to get the most accurate results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
Yes. It is very important that all partners be treated if you tested positive for an STD, otherwise you can get re-infected. Please have them call 816-595-4261 as soon as possible for an appointment.
No experience is necessary as we have opportunities where no experience is required, and we will train you for your position. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.
We need volunteers periodically throughout the year. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like depending on what your schedule will allow. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.