COVID-19 Vaccine

covid-19 vaccine

MANA physicians encourage adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them in accordance with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. Extensive studies have found the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be safe and effective. Getting the vaccine will help keep you healthy and help us get back to normal.

Can I schedule an appointment to get the vaccine? 

MANA Family Medicine and Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic are currently offering appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine for adults age 18 and older. We currently have vaccines from Moderna and a limited supply of Johnson & Johnson. Vaccines supplies are subject to change and may not be available at all MANA locations. To schedule an appointment to get your vaccine, call your MANA doctor’s office or (479) 571-6588 and select a MANA clinic near you. You do not have to be a MANA patient to schedule an appointment. 

  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine are approved for age 18 and older.
  • If you make an appointment for the Moderna vaccine, you will need to get a second dose 28 days later. 
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. If you cannot make the appointment at your scheduled time, please provide at least 24-hour notice so that someone else may use the vaccine. 
  • What do I need to bring to my appointment? Please wear a t-shirt or shirt that the nurse can easily access your upper arm. Bring your insurance card and a photo ID to your appointment.
  • You are fully vaccinated  14 days after your second shot for Moderna and Pfizer, and 14 days after your single shot for J&J. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Events

If you received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at our drive-thru clinic, you are automatically scheduled to receive the second dose 28 days later. 

      • 1st Dose April 10, 2nd Dose May 8th

Where can teenagers age 16 or people who prefer the Pfizer vaccine make appointments to get the vaccine? 

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people age 16 and older and is offered at several locations in Northwest Arkansas. You can schedule through Washington Regional Medical Center, age 16 to 20 at Arkansas Children’s Northwest, or check Arkansas Health Department’s vaccine finder

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Everyone who meets the criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine should get the vaccine as soon as it is available to them. When you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you are reducing your risk of disease, hospitalization, severe complications, and even death. 

At this time, the FDA has cleared COVID-19 vaccines from the following companies:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech for people age 16 or older,
  • Moderna for age 18 or older, and
  • Jenssen/Johnson & Johnson for age 18 and older. 

The vaccine has not been approved for children at this time. 

Who is eligible to get the vaccine at this time? 

All Arkansans age 16 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. However, MANA has been allocated the Moderna vaccine and the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved for age 18 and older. The COVID-19 vaccine is part of an emergency health crisis response. Its distribution and administration will be coordinated and must be approved by ADH. Click here to view the Arkansas Department of Health phased vaccination plan for COVID-19.

How does the COVID-19 Vaccine work? 

The vaccine teaches your immune system how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 and will keep you from getting sick with the virus. The vaccines approved for use in the U.S. do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine effective? 

Studies show that Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines effectively keep you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease.

With the variant strains of COVID-19 popping up, will the vaccine protect me?

There are fears in regards to COVID variants that have emerged, and this remains a concern.

However, the vaccine appears to be protective against variants as well as the novel SARS virus that emerged last year. Furthermore, a durable antibody response appears to have been achieved, either from vaccination or from contracting the virus. There appears to be a very low rate of re-infection; almost always among patients with very limited immune systems.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Any medications or vaccines have possible side effects. After getting the COVID-19 shot, you may have swelling or soreness at the site of the injection. Some people have experienced fatigue, low-grade fever, headaches, or body aches that go away after a few days. These are normal side effects and are a sign your body is building immunity.  The vaccines approved for use in the U.S. have not shown any serious side effects in clinical trials. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.  

When you receive the first shot of the vaccine, the CDC asks vaccine recipients to enroll in V-Safe Vaccination Health Checker to monitor symptoms and set up reminders for the second vaccine. 

The vaccines were produced so quickly. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States were tested in large clinical trials to meet the rigorous safety standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tens of thousands of people volunteered to receive the vaccine and participate in the clinical trials. The clinical trials tested the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to protect people of different ages, ethnicities, and medical conditions.

At this time, the FDA has approved COVID-19 vaccines from three companies for safe and effective use in adults: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. 

After the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC and the FDA will continue to closely monitor the safety of the vaccines to determine any long-term or rare side effects. If any issues are detected, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will take action to address any safety problems. 

Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe? 

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given and what is the cost?

A nurse or trained health professional will administer the COVID-19 vaccine as a shot in the arm. Current recommendations for the vaccines require a second shot 21 to 28 days after the first shot.  

COVID-19 vaccine will be free for you. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to people living in the United States. However, your vaccination provider may bill your insurance company, Medicaid, or Medicare for an administration fee.

Should I get the vaccine if I have a chronic health condition? 

Yes, health conditions like diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, and obesity put you at an increased risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19. It is very important high-risk patients get the vaccine as soon as it is available.

If you have any concerns or questions about your health condition and the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your MANA physician. 

Should I get the vaccine if I have had COVID-19? 

Yes, people who have already been infected with COVID-19 should get a vaccine. According to the CDC, if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. It is not yet known how long natural immunity to COVID-19 lasts. It’s also not yet known how long the immunity provided by the vaccine will last.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? 

 Pregnant or breastfeeding women were not part of the initial clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, considering the potential for harms versus benefits, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology does recommend the vaccine for these groups.

Can I get other vaccines, like the flu shot, at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, you cannot get another immunization at the same time as the COVID-19 shot. Recipients will need to wait two weeks after getting the COVID-19 vaccine before getting other immunizations.

Can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing after I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19? 

On April 27, the CDC released new guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have waited 14 days after your second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or first shot of Johnson and Johnson. The CDC strongly recommends continuing to wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands in most situations and in public. However, small groups of vaccinated people can gather without masks and social distancing. Vaccinated people can visit a single household that is not vaccinated as long as there are no high-risk unvaccinated people in the household. Learn more about the CDC’s new recommendations for vaccinated people

Visit the CDC website for the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine.