What's in the Vaccine?
Get informed before getting vaccinated
Fact Sheets contain information to help you understand the ingredients, risks and benefits of each vaccine currently available on the market:
There are differences between mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) and adenovirus (J&J) vaccines. Learn more here.
Vaccines are administered to anyone ages 12+ (Pfizer) or 16+ (Johnson & Johnson, when available) by our highly trained staff Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. at the Domingue Center, located at 901 Mudd Ave. Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Domingue Center is also available during these same hours.
Because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, you must be able to attend the second appointment in order to schedule the first. For Pfizer, that is approximately 21 days after your first dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled immediately after you've received your first vaccine dose. The Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine (when available) is a single dose.
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Why a third dose? For most people, two doses of the vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will allow their immune systems to mount an adequate response to fight COVID-19. Studies have shown that immunocompromised individuals’ immune systems did not respond the same way most people’s did after just two doses and an extra shot will help to mount that response.
How Much Does it Cost?
COVID-19 vaccines are free
While we remain in a pandemic, the federal government has ensured that vaccines are made available to those in need without cost to the individual.
A provider cannot ask a patient for payment, though they can bill insurance for a vaccine administration fee or the federal government if the person is uninsured. A provider also may not bill for a regular officer visit to administer the vaccine.
Common Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccines
From fertility fears to re-infection, we're bringing the data
To date, the COVID-19 vaccines currently available are the best prevention of death, serious illness and hospitalization in the fight against COVID-19. Here are answers to some common questions and concerns. For an exhaustive list, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s COVID-19 Science and Research Database.
How effective are the vaccines?
Multiple real-world studies from the United States and other countries have demonstrated that a two-dose COVID-19 mRNA vaccination series is effective against COVID-19 infection (including both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections) caused by ancestral and variant strains, including severe disease, hospitalization and death. Early evidence for the Janssen vaccine also demonstrates effectiveness against COVID-19 in real-world conditions.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Minor side effects are a normal sign the body is building protection. You may experience pain and swelling in the arm, fever, chills, tiredness or a headache; most side effects will go away in a few days or less. The likelihood of experiencing a serious side effect is less than 0.5% but, should you experience any serious adverse reactions, please contact your provider or call 911 as soon as possible.
How can I trust a vaccine that was developed so quickly?
The COVID-19 vaccines are being developed faster than other vaccines because there is worldwide urgency, and because there was ample research in recent years into coronaviruses — the same viruses that were behind SARS and MERS outbreaks. Once scientists were able to create a genetic map of the coronavirus, they were able to use that information to create a vaccine that would replicate the spike proteins the coronavirus uses to infect cells and tell the body how to fight it.
More resources than usual are available to manufacturers to accelerate vaccine development because of the pandemic, including the U.S. government’s commitment to buy vaccine doses up front. These accelerations have not impacted vaccine safety.
If I've already had COVID-19, do I need to get vaccinated?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, a vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. At this time, research is still being conducted on how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering.
Can the vaccine affect fertility?
There is zero evidence that COVID vaccines affect fertility. The vaccines tell the body how to fight the protein that is on the outside of the coronavirus, but this protein is completely different from the protein that allows for successful reproduction. The antibodies your body produces to fight the coronavirus will not attack reproductive proteins. Recently, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a joint statement alongside midwives, pediatricians and other healthcare professionals concerning vaccinations and fertility.
Are the vaccines OK if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
The CDC advises all pregnant people be given access to the vaccines. In Louisiana, anyone currently pregnant is currently eligible to be vaccinated.
While specific studies are ongoing, there has been no indication that there are negative effects for this population. Pregnant and breastfeeding people should discuss whether they should receive their vaccine with their providers.
Can I still catch or spread COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?
A vaccine breakthrough infection happens when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19. People with vaccine breakthrough infections may spread COVID-19 to others.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, if you live in an area with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19, you, as well as the community you live in, will be better protected if you wear a mask when you are in indoor public places.
People who are immunocompromised may not always build adequate levels of protection after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, until advised otherwise by their healthcare professional. Further, CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose of vaccine.
- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
- What's the Difference Between an mRNA and Adenovirus Vaccine?
- Louisiana Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Page
- Request Your Vaccine Card (LDH)
- Instructions to Receive Your Vaccine Status Through MyHealth
- Louisiana Department of Health Vaccine Finder
- What Should I Do With a Positive COVID-19 Result?
- ¿Qué debo hacer con un resultado positivo de COVID-19?
- Social Distancing and Quarantine Guidelines
- ¿Cuáles son las pautas para la cuarentena domiciliaria y la práctica del distanciamiento social?