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Tarrant County Public Health is providing COVID-19 Vaccinations
Tarrant County Public Health continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone five years of age and older. Those who need their initial vaccinations as well as those who are in need of a booster are able to come to one of the COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the County without an appointment. They can also find the vaccination at more than 150 pharmacies located in Tarrant County.
Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination?
COVID-19 vaccinations are now avaialble for everyone who is age five or older.
How do I find a COVID-19 vaccination location?
Visit our vaccine finder website to locate the most current list of vaccination sites.
How do I register to receive my shot from Tarrant County Public Health and its partners?
No registration is required or available. Please find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you. Please bring something to identify you, drivers license, utility bill etc. and if you already had a vaccination, bring your vaccination card.
ANYONE 18 years and older is eligible for a booster shot.
You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
Pfizer and Moderna Booster
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series:
The single booster should be administered at least six months after the second dose of the primary two-dose series.
If you have questions about your booster dose eligibility, or how, where, and when you can get a booster dose contact your health provider or pharmacist.
Johnson & Johnson Booster
Those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination two or more months ago and are 18 years or older are eligible for a booster.
QUESTION AND ANSWERS FOR BOOSTERS
Will booster shots be the same formulation as existing vaccines?
Yes, COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, it is half the dose of the vaccine people get for their initial series.
What if I've lot my vaccination card?
If you have lost your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record. Additional information about your COVID-19 vaccine record can be found here.
Will the booster shot also be free?
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost, including the booster shot. Vaccines will continue to be given to all people living in the United States, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
Will providers accept anyone who says they’re eligible to receive a booster shot? Will people need to show a doctor’s note/prescription or other documentation?
Individuals can self-report that they are eligible and receive a booster shot wherever vaccines are offered. This will help ensure there are not additional barriers to access for this vulnerable population receiving their booster shot.
Does this change the definition of “fully vaccinated” for those eligible for booster shots?
No. At this time, people are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
Where is the best place to get a booster shot?
For those eligible, getting a booster shot is convenient, and as simple as visiting your local pharmacy or doctor’s office or to a TCPH vaccination clinic. If you are unable to get the booster at your original vaccine location, vaccines.gov can make the process easier. This free resource provides accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services in your area. You can also text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.
Is it safe to co-administer COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines, like flu?
Yes, if a patient is eligible, both flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same visit, as recommended by CDC and ACIP. In addition to flu vaccine, COVID-19 vaccine can be given with other vaccines as well.
What if I need transportation to my COVID-19 vaccination appointment?
If you need a ride to get your COVID-19 vaccination, you have several options. Please visit our transportation page for the best options for travel to a vaccination site.
How effective are the approved vaccines?
Two COVID-19 vaccines (produced by Pfizer and Moderna Therapeutics), report being 95 percent effective. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is reported to be 66 percent effective.
How will we know these COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a known and proven process for the verification of vaccines, and while these COVID-19 vaccines have been made available quickly, no step in the safety and efficacy process was skipped. The FDA has now issued a full authorization for Pfizer and Emergency Use Agreements (EAUs) for two other COVID-19 vaccines, only after enough scientific data was shown to indicate the vaccines safety and efficacy in a clear and compelling manner.
The current vaccines, even those with EUAs, continue through a trial phase, where they are tracking their volunteers to learn more about the long-term outcomes of taking the vaccine.
Emergency room doctor receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Can children under 12 receive the vaccine?
Children five years and older are now eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine.
Can the vaccine give you the virus?
No. None of the current vaccines use a live virus, which means they cannot give someone COVID-19. Additionally, recipients of the vaccine are not contagious and cannot spread COVID-19.
It is possible for someone to be infected with COVID-19 prior to receiving the vaccine and thus they would be contagious as any other person infected with COVID-19 and could still test positive on a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR, or rapid test. An uninfected vaccine recipient however would not test positive on a PCR or rapid test but could test positive on an antibody-based test.
Should I get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19?
Yes. The vaccine is recommended for people who previously have been infected with COVID-19.
What will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The vaccine is free to you. Operation Warp Speed, a federal program, is paying all the costs associated with vaccinations.
Is getting a COVID-19 vaccine immunization mandatory?
COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary, but we strongly recommend all eligible persons get the vaccine.
How many doses of vaccine will I need?
The vaccines currently available require either a one or two dose series.
Tarrant County Juvenile Detention nurse receives her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Tarrant County Sheriff Deputy receives his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
How long do I have to wait between doses?
Depending on the vaccine you receive, there is a 21-28 days between the first and second dose. Your vaccine provider will tell you when to return for your booster (second dose). Information will be provided to everyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure they receive the correct second dose.
Booster vaccinations for those who received their first two vaccinations of Pfizer or Moderna or their single Johnson & Johnson vaccination are now recommended. Those who are immune compromised should wait 28 days after their second dose. Others who received Pfizer or Moderna should wait six months between their second and third doses.
Does the COVID-19 vaccines require special handling?
Yes, each vaccine has different storage and preparation requirements. Public Health staff are trained to make sure that vaccine is stored and used properly.
What will I receive to show that I was vaccinated?
Those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a vaccination card, and will have the immunization noted on their offical IMMTRAC vaccine record.
How can I let the CDC know about my side effects?
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.
Note: V-safe cannot schedule vaccine appointments, including second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. If you need to schedule, reschedule, or cancel a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, contact the location that set up your appointment or a vaccine provider in your area. This may be your state or local health department, employer, or vaccine provider.
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