The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you and your family

May 20, 2021

The evidence is clear—getting vaccinated is the best way to keep you and your family safe from COVID – 19. Texas MedClinic offers the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for those age 12 and older at all 19 clinic locations in Round Rock, Austin, New Braunfels, Schertz, Bulverde and San Antonio. Click here to visit our COVID – 19 vaccination page and schedule your appointment today.

“Since March 25, and in partnership with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and other providers, we have administered 15,000 vaccines —Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson,” said Texas MedClinic Chief Operating Officer and practicing physician Dr. David Gude. “We believe offering these life-saving vaccines is an act of public service and paramount in stopping the spread of the COVID – 19 virus.”

It’s Important to Know…

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • The COVID – 19 vaccine is safe and effective
  • Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive a COVID – 19 vaccin
  • People who have been fully vaccinated may start doing some things they stopped doing because of the pandemic

What you need to know about each vaccine

There are currently three vaccines available—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson

Pfizer

  • Recommended for people aged 12 years and older
  • Given in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Type – mRNA
  • Number of Shots – 2 shots administered 21 days apart

Moderna

  • Recommended for people aged 18 years and older
  • Given in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Type – mRNA
  • Number of Shots – 2 shots administered 1 month (28 days) apart

Johnson & Johnson

  • Recommended for people aged 18 years and older (Note: Women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen)
  • Given in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Type – Viral Vector
  • Number of Shots – 1 shot

It is important to note the CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. All currently authorized and recommended COVID – 19 vaccines are safe and effective. You should take the first vaccine that is made available to you.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are common within the 2 days following vaccination and may include:

  • Tenderness, redness, and/or swelling at the site of injection
  • Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea

While side effects may affect your ability to complete daily activities, they usually subside within a few days.

Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines for post-vaccination symptoms. It is not recommended to take medications before vaccination to try to prevent side effects.

Side effects are more common in people aged 18 – 59 than in people aged 60 and over.

Getting Vaccinated Protects You & Your Family

  • All vaccines currently given in the US have been proven safe and effective
  • The vaccine helps prevent people from getting sick or severely ill from COVID – 19 and may help protect the people around them
  • The vaccination is an important tool to stop the pandemic and keep you and your loved ones safe.
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