COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Vaccine Scheduling for SwedishAmerican Patients
SwedishAmerican is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine at all primary, pediatric, employer-based and immediate care clinics in our health system. The COVID-19 vaccine is proven to be safe and effective and the best way to prevent patients from contracting the disease.
The FDA has granted full approval for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for infants beginning at 6 months of age through individuals 15 years of age.
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization EUA).
More information about the vaccine can be found at cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19.
Online scheduling is now available for first, third and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Schedule your appointment online
Frequently Asked Questions
Mild or moderate side effects for both adults and kids include tiredness, nausea, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and headache. Adverse events are more common after the second dose. These side effects are a sign that the immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do – building up protection to the disease.
In studies, immunity was seen seven days after the second dose of Pfizer and 14 days after the second dose of Moderna. It is important to remember the same precautions to reduce exposure (mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.) are still needed.
For individuals 5 years and older, you will need two doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. You should receive the second dose no earlier than 21 days. It may also be recommended that you get a vaccine booster.
For infants age 6 months to 4 years of age, three doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine are needed.
For adults age 17 or older who may receive the Moderna vaccine, it also requires two doses, and you should receive the second dose no earlier than 28 days after your first dose. It may also be recommended that you get a vaccine booster (see below for more information).
The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is a one dose vaccine only available to individuals age 17 or older. Boosters are also recommended for those that got the J&J COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the original dose.
CDC recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines after the initial 2 doses. Eligible patients need to wait a minimum of 28 days from their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before receiving the third dose. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
People who are fully immunized for COVID-19 can now receive a booster dose from the same or different manufacturer as their previous series. This is based on research that has shown it is safe and effective to mix and match vaccines.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were both 95 percent effective in studies, so there is a 5-percent chance someone could still contract COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine. Patients should continue to follow the guidelines and practice safe social distancing even after vaccination.
Over time, it is common for all vaccine recipients’ immune response to lose some strength. Booster doses of vaccines are given later to “remind” the immune system to fight the illness.
People who are fully immunized for COVID-19 can receive a booster dose from the same or different manufacturer as their preview series. This is based on research that has shown it is safe and effective to mix and match vaccines.
Multiple national pregnancy experts, including UW Health specialists, strongly recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding people get a COVID-19 vaccine. People thinking about or trying to get pregnant should also get a COVID-19 vaccine, and do not need to delay pregnancy after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Studies show that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for people who are pregnant and breastfeeding.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both agree that the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh theoretical risk for these patients.
The Pfizer vaccine is safe for infants and children 4 months of age and older. In clinical trials, thousands of youth participated to show that the vaccine is well-tolerated and safe. In addition, there were not any new or unexpected side effects or safety concerns.
The vaccine has been studied carefully in children, with the data reviewed by the FDA, the CDC and expert panels that work with them. Given that the mRNA molecule in the Pfizer vaccine mimics a natural human process, experts say they are confident that the vaccines are safe for growing bodies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and UW Health physicians agree that children should get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.
While older adults are at a higher risk, severe illness in children should not be taken lightly. Children have needed hospital care for COVID-19. This is especially true for teenagers with underlying health conditions.
Kids aren’t always the best at keeping distance and washing their hands, so even if a child has mild or no symptoms, they could spread the illness to others who are high-risk and who could get very sick or die.
Protection from the vaccine, along with following safety measures, also means that more students will be able to receive in-person instruction and participate in athletics, which are essential to the mental and physical health of children.
If you have questions about vaccinating your child contact their health care provider with your questions. There is a lot of misinformation out there that shouldn’t prevent someone from getting vaccinated.
The vaccination is free, as it was purchased by the federal government. However, there is an administration fee that will be billed to your insurance. Please check with your individual insurance company for more information.
No pre-registration is required. Patients who choose to receive their vaccine at their primary care clinic or pediatric clinic can call during normal business hours to make an appointment.
Walk-ins are permitted at SwedishAmerican Immediate Care located at 3775 N. Mulford Road in Rockford. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can patients who received their first dose somewhere else schedule their second dose with SwedishAmerican?
Yes, patients who have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine somewhere else may schedule their second dose with SwedishAmerican. They will be asked to bring their vaccine card along with them to ensure we are administering the correct vaccine.