COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Medical clinics, including MANA Clinics, have not been allocated the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. MANA clinics have applied to get the COVID vaccine as soon as possible for our patients. We are following the vaccine protocols of the Arkansas Department of Health. We will keep our patients informed about vaccine availability through texts, phone calls, and emails.

There won’t be enough vaccine initially for all adults who want to receive it. Supply will increase through 2021, and additional vaccines may also be authorized.

MANA physicians encourage adults to get the vaccine as soon as it is available to them in accordance with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.

Phase 1-B of vaccination begins on Jan. 18 with two groups:

  • Older adults (age 70+) can call a designated pharmacy to schedule the vaccine. (See the list below)
  • Adults who work in education, including K-12, higher education, and child care. Teachers and school employees should contact their school district or employer for more information. 

What pharmacies are providing the vaccine? 

Benton County Pharmacies

  • Austin Drug – 118 Main St. N.E., Gravette (479) 787-5432
  • Collier Drug Centerton –  991 W Centerton Blvd Centerton Benton (479) 795-8199
  • Cornerstone Pharmacy of Bella Vista – (479) 876-6200
  • Debbie’s Family Pharmacy (Rogers) – (479) 271-6300
  • Harps Bentonville – 1209 N Walton Blvd, Bentonville (479) 273-5541
  • Harps Pharmacy #113 (Siloam Springs) – 201 Hwy 412, West Siloam Springs (479) 549-3200
  • Heartland Pharmacy (Rogers) – 1735 W Walnut St., Rogers (479) 631-0204
  • Teasley Drug (Gravette) – 205 Atlanta SE, Gravette (479) 787-5966

Washington County

  • Collier Drug Dickson – 100 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville (479) 442-6262
  • Collier Drug Farmington – 197 E Main St., Farmington – (479) 267-4303
  • Collier Drug Prairie Grove – 801 E Douglas, Prairie Grove (479) 846-2195
  • Community Pharmacy of Springdale – 400 W Emma Ave., Springdale – online registration or (479) 750-2220
  • Harps Pharmacy #119 –  2894 West Sunset, Springdale – (479) 751-0882
  • Heartland Pharmacy Fayetteville -1450 E Zion Road, Suite 1, Fayetteville – (479) 444-7200
  • Medical Arts Pharmacy – 2515 E. Huntsville Rd., Fayetteville- Online registration or (479) 443-3411

The list is provided for your convenience and is subject to change as the vaccine becomes more available. Please click here to see the list of pharmacy locations on the Arkansas Department of Health website.

 

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.

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 Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 or older, and Moderna COVID-19 for age 18 or older. The vaccine has not been approved for children at this time. 

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 the 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.

In December 2020, the FDA approved two COVID-19 vaccines for safe and effective use in adults. One of the vaccines is from Pfizer-BioNTech and the other is from Moderna.

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. 

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

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.  

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

Some health conditions like diabetes, lung disease, and heart disease put you at an increased risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19. It is very important these high-risk patients get the vaccines 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? 

People who have already been infected with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting a 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 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? 

The CDC strongly recommends continuing to wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands after you get the vaccine. The guidance may change as the CDC gathers more data about the vaccine’s long-term effectiveness and more people get the vaccine. 

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