MANA physicians encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to you. 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
For people age 18 and older, we offer the COVID-19 vaccine* (Moderna) by appointment at locations across Northwest Arkansas for new and established patients. To schedule an appointment to get your vaccine, call a MANA clinic near you.
|Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic||(479) 521-8200|
|MANA Family Medicine Elkins||(479) 442-1676|
|MANA Family Medicine North Fayetteville||(479) 443-3536|
|MANA Family Medicine Pinnacle Hills||(479) 464-5599|
|MANA Family Medicine Prairie Grove||479) 846-5005|
|MANA Family Medicine South Fayetteville||(479) 442-2822|
|MANA Family Medicine Springdale||(479) 750-3630|
|MANA Family Medicine Thompson Street||(479) 756-1300|
* COVID-19 Vaccine supplies are subject to change and may not be available at all MANA locations.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Age 12-20
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people age 12 and older and is offered at several locations in Northwest Arkansas.
- Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics is offering the Pfizer vaccine to established patients age 12 to 20 years old by appointment. Call 479-442-7322 to schedule your child’s vaccine appointment.
- MANA Family Medicine Pinnacle Hills is offering the Pfizer vaccine by appointment for patients age 12 and older. Call (479) 464-5599 to schedule your child’s vaccine appointment.
COVID vaccines are at no cost to the patient. If you receive a statement in error, please call (479) 571-5370 so we can correct the matter.
In addition, people can schedule through Washington Regional Medical Center, age 12 to 20 can schedule at Arkansas Children’s Northwest, check the NWA Council’s vaccine calendar, 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 12 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 under 12 at this time.
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. Watch our video from Dr. Hardin to learn more.
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 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second shot 21 to 28 days after the first shot. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot.
We offer the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you. If you receive a statement in error, please call (479) 571-5370 so we can correct the matter.
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. Watch this video from Dr. Allen Moseley to learn more.
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 harm versus benefits, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology does recommend the vaccine for these groups. Watch Dr. Wilkie’s video to learn more.
What does fully vaccinated mean?
Fully vaccinated means 14 days after your COVID-19 shot, either the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the first shot of Johnson and Johnson. Learn more about the CDC’s new recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
Visit the CDC website for the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine.