LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION

HOW TO GET YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is giving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to all Yellowhawk eligible individuals and CTUIR entity employees. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose Covid-19 vaccine was announced on August 23, 2021. This is for people 16 years old and over only at this time. 

 

How is my vaccination appointment scheduled?
Call us! Call the designated vaccination line (541) 240-8733, leave a message with your full name and a working phone number, and we will call you back.

*Note, the vaccine is not effective without the second dose. It will be scheduled for approximately 21-days after the first vaccination shot. Please be available and do not miss your appointments!

 

Am I eligible to be vaccinated?
To get your COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge you must be a Yellowhawk eligible patient or a CTUIR entity employee and over the age of 16 years old. 

 

On the day of your vaccination appointment …
• Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment
• Complete the Vaccine Screening Form – one will be provided at the time of your appointment.
• Plan to spend 15-20 minutes onsite AFTER your vaccination to be monitored for any potential side effects.
• Bring proof of CTUIR entity employment (pay stub, employee badge, etc.) or proof of age.

 

DO NOT MISS YOUR SCHEDULED VACCINATION APPOINTMENT We want to make sure that every dose is accounted for. Every day, we thaw the exact number of vaccine doses that are going to be used. If you miss your appointment, we will give the vaccination to someone else and we may not be able to reschedule you until a future date. So please, make every effort to keep your appointments so we can work on getting everyone fully vaccinated.

 

Other frequently asked questions:

 

How many people will be vaccinated?

Our goal is to vaccinate all Yellowhawk-eligible patients and CTUIR community members age 16 and older. The number of people vaccinated each day depends on the number of doses Yellowhawk receives from Indian Health Services. Remember, to be fully vaccinated you must have two doses. 

 

What if I miss my vaccination appointment?

It is very important that you DO NOT MISS YOUR SCHEDULED VACCINATION APPOINTMENT. We want to make sure that every dose is accounted for. Every day, we thaw the exact number of vaccine doses that are going to be used. If you miss your appointment, we will give the vaccination to someone else. If you miss your appointment, we may not be able to reschedule you until a future date.

 

Will I receive a full dose or a half dose?

We are giving full vaccination doses to all of our patients. We are not offering half doses.

 

Which vaccine is available?

The Pfizer vaccine. More information from the FDA and Pfizer. The vaccine is given in two doses. You must have both shots to be fully vaccinated. On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

 

Will I be immune to COVID-19 after I get the vaccine?

Once you are vaccinated, your immune system will recognize the COVID-19 virus and fight to protect you against getting sick. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick.

 

If I already had COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.

 

Will I have any side effects from the vaccine?

As with any medicine, there are potential side effects to the COVID-19 vaccination. The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose. Learn more about potential side effects at CVDVaccine.com

 

Still have questions?

While you’re in the clinic, ask us!  We’re here for you and want to make sure you get all the information you need and want.