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Anyone age 12+ can get a COVID-19 vaccine from HealthCore Clinic. Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment today, or we accept walk-ins Fridays from 9 AM – 11 AM.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, especially our communities of color. Minority populations are at higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus due to social determinants of health and longstanding inequalities in terms of housing, transportation, occupation and access to health care.

HealthCore Clinic has partnered with community organizations such as GraceMed Health Clinic, Sedgwick County Health Department, Sedgwick County Commissioner’s Office, Wichita City Council and Mayor Brandon Whipple to provide access to tools and information so you can get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Vaccine Options

Which COVID-19 vaccine should I get?

All are highly effective.

There are different COVID-19 vaccines available from different companies. Which vaccine you get is entirely dependent on which vaccine your provider has. To put things in perspective, the flu vaccine has an efficacy of roughly 44%, meaning all of the COVID-19 vaccines are considered highly effective.

HealthCore Clinic has created a detailed COVID Vaccine Comparison Guide for more information.

  1. Pfizer-BioNTech 95% efficacy. 2 shots, 3 weeks apart. mRNA-based.The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has an efficacy of 95% and requires 2 shots, 3 weeks apart. It is an mRNA-based vaccine, which triggers an immune response that produces antibodies to protect us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
  2. Moderna 94.1% efficacy. 2 shots, 4 weeks apart. mRNA-based.The Moderna vaccine has an efficacy of 94.1% and requires 2 shots, 4 weeks apart. It is also an mRNA-based vaccine, which triggers an immune response that produces antibodies to protect us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
  3. Johnson & Johnson 66% efficacy. 1 shot. DNA-based.The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has an efficacy of 66% and only requires a single dose. This vaccine is based on the COVID-19 virus’s genetic instructions for building what’s called a “spike protein.” Out of an abundance of caution, the US has temporarily paused the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccine Safety

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Thousands of Kansas and millions of Americans have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines underwent clinical trials and have been approved for emergency use authorization. The vaccines will also undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.

The Covid vaccines are still in emergency use authorization (EUA) because not enough time has passed to show how long the vaccines stay effective. The vaccines’ EUA status doesn’t mean they’re less safe.

Are there side effects from getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

While many people experience little to no side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, most people will experience mild side effects such as soreness at the site of the injection, a headache, chills, and/or a fever. Most people report these mild side effects lasting for 24 – 48 hours. These reactions are normal, they show that the vaccine is working, and are a sign that your body is developing antibodies.

A very small number of people have had an allergic reaction after vaccination. This is extremely rare, and when it happens, vaccine providers have medicines available to effectively, and immediately, treat the reaction. When you are administered your COVID-19 vaccine, you will be asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after while you are monitored to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.

Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. If you had a severe allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, CDC recommends that you should not get the second dose.

If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated.

Affordability

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine is free, and no insurance is required.

The Federal Government permits vaccine providers to charge an administration fee, but cannot deny a vaccine based on inability to pay. What this means is, everyone who wants the vaccine will get the vaccine.

When you schedule your vaccine, ask your chosen vaccine provider if they charge an administration fee. If you are unable to pay the fee, please inform your provider in advance. You will not be denied a vaccine.

As a federally-qualified health clinic, we do not charge a fee for the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is provided at no cost for the patient, regardless of insurance status. However, the appropriate insurance will be billed, if applicable.

Vaccine Sites

Where do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

There are locations assigned as vaccine sites and conveniently located across Sedgwick County. As more vaccines become available, there will be even more sites. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has created a tool called “Find My Vaccine.” It is an interactive map that shows where you can get your vaccine in any of Kansas’s 105 counties.

HealthCore Clinic is an official vaccine site. Schedule your vaccine today.

Delta Variant

What is the Delta variant?

The Delta variant is a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus.

People who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus appear to have protection against Delta, but anyone who is unvaccinated and not practicing preventive strategies is at risk for infection by the new variant.

Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. variant, a SARS-CoV-2 mutation that originally surfaced in India. The first Delta case was identified in December 2020, and the strain spread rapidly, soon becoming the dominant strain of the virus in both India and then Great Britain. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed in March 2021 and it is now the dominant strain in the U.S.

With the Delta variant, COVID-19 symptoms often begin like a cold. Symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, and other upper respiratory infection symptoms. Many who contracted the original COVID-19 virus likened it to a bad case of influenza with fever, loss of smell, persistent cough, and shortness of breath. Some patients infected with the Delta variant have reported that some symptoms are slightly different. Cough and loss of smell seem to be less common. Headache, sore throat, runny nose, and fever seem to be more common.

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from the Delta variant of COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated. That means if you get a two-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna, you must get both shots and then wait the recommended two-week period for those shots to take full effect. Whether or not you are vaccinated, it’s also important to follow CDC prevention guidelines that are available for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Ongoing Safety

What to do after you have been vaccinated?

Once you are fully vaccinated, please continue to follow social distancing measures such as wearing a mask, remaining 6-feet apart, and washing your hands frequently. While you may have developed antibodies from COVID-19, you can still spread it to someone who has not yet been vaccinated.

Booster Shots

People 18 years and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be eligible for a booster dose eight months after their second dose, starting the week of September 20, 2021.

Together, we can achieve immunity in our community.

HealthCore Clinic and other state agencies will continue to provide updates and recommendations. To end the COVID-19 pandemic, it will take all of us chipping in and doing our part. Subscribe to our email newsletter to get updates about vaccine events, important changes, and other information relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and your health safety.

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HealthCore Clinic offers an integrated approach to care through affordable access to medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services all under one roof. HealthCore Clinic has been serving the community for decades before the pandemic, we have served the community during the pandemic, and we will continue to serve long after.