COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
During the month of December and into January, Yellowhawk Tribal health Center gave the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers, first responders and CTUIR elders over the age of 55. The clinic is moving into the next phase of vaccinating and is beginning to vaccinate others.
Am I eligible to be vaccinated?
To get your COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge, at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, YOU MUST BE 16 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER and be
· A CTUIR member,
· And or Yellowhawk-eligible.
How is my vaccination appointment scheduled?
· You need to call (541) 240-8733 to schedule your appointments.
· Leave a message indicating that you are calling to schedule your vaccination appointment, speak clearly and state your name and leave a good callback number.
· When we call you, both of your appointments will be scheduled.
· Your second vaccination shot is scheduled for approximately 21-days after the prime, or first vaccination shot.
ON THE DAY OF YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT
· Arrive on time, and
· Plan to spend 15-20 minutes in the clinic AFTER your vaccination to be monitored for any potential side effects.
· If this is your second vaccination appointment, remember to bring the vaccination card you were given at your first appointment.
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. As of January 20, Yellowhawk has received just over 2,050 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Remember, to be fully vaccinated you must have two doses. This means Yellowhawk will fully vaccinate 1,025 people by the end of February.
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 does or a half dose?
We are giving full vaccination doses to all of our patients. We are not offering half doses.
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 A HUMAN. We’re here for you and want to make sure you get all the information you need and want.
Need more information?
Look to our website, Yellowhawk.org and open the button on the top right that reads “!!LATEST COVID-19 INFO.” The page is updated daily with community metrics, has a more thorough list of frequently asked questions and lists resources where you can get more information about the vaccination process.