Virus Outbreak New Jersey

WHAT IT IS

The vaccine helps reduce the risk of illness from COVID-19 by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to the virus.

COVID-19 VACCINES WILL NOT GIVE YOU COVID-19

None of the vaccines currently in development or in use in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

SYMPTOMS AFTER VACCINATION

A common side effect is pain and swelling at the injection site. Symptoms, such as fever, tiredness, chills and headaches are normal.

BUILDING IMMUNITY

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity 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 get sick.

WILL I TEST POSITIVE AFTER A COVID-19 VACCINE?

COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​

DOES MEDICARE COVER THE VACCINE?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. Medicare also covers COVID-19 tests, antibody tests and monoclonal antibody treatments.

WHERE CAN I GET THE VACCINE?

The city’s Department of Public Health is providing vaccines when available. Register at epstrong.org or call 915-212-6843.

University Medical Center of El Paso also offers vaccines when available, and requires you register when they're announced. Visit umcelpaso.org or call 915-544-1200.

Pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS and Walmart are receiving vaccines; check with your neighborhood pharmacy for availability.

To find a vaccine near you, call the State Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Hotline at 877-835-7750 or visit dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

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