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COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

The best way to stop COVID-19 is by utilizing all the preventative tools that are available. This includes hand washing, wearing a mask, social distancing, and vaccination. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools we have to protect our health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body's natural defenses so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

If you are a Jackson County resident and would like to learn about being added to the COVID-19 waitlist, click here:

JCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List

UPDATE EFFECTIVE 2/9/2021: Jackson County Hospital District has received 975 2nd doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines. These doses are reserved for those who received their 1st dose on January 25th, 28th & 29th. Please be on the lookout for your reminder cards in the mail. Second doses will be given on your assigned date and time February 15th, 18th & 19th. The vaccines will be administered at the same location the 1st doses were given.

UPDATE EFFECTIVE 2/11/2021: For 2nd dose vaccine recipients who were scheduled for Monday, February 15th, your vaccines will now be given on Wednesday, February 17th, same time / same place. This change was made due to inclement weather that is expected on Monday, for our county.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts:

The vaccine works with your body's natural defenses to fight the virus.

Studies show that the vaccine is very effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19.

Experts believe that getting the vaccine may keep you from becoming seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

The vaccine does not give you the virus itself.

The vaccine is safe and has been through the same safety testing and meets the same standards as all other vaccines produced through the years.

Some may feel side effects like sore muscles, tiredness or a mild fever. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19.

Different types of COVID-19 vaccines are available. Most of these vaccines are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced apart. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection.

At this time experts don't know how long the vaccine will protect us from the virus. For this reason, it's recommended to continue following guidelines for handwashing, social distancing, and wearing a mask.

*Source - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you have more vaccine-related questions, please talk with your primary healthcare provider.

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