COVID Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
American Family Care is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations at select locations. We are following local and state health department guidelines for vaccine distribution. Please review your state’s vaccine distribution guidelines for more information.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine at this time?
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are available to people who meet certain criteria, as determined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. We are currently in PHASE 1 of vaccine distribution. While there may be some variations by state, generally you can get a COVID-19 vaccination at a participating American Family Care clinic if you are 18 or older, have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, and meet at least one of the criteria below:
- You work in a healthcare setting – see below
- You work in a setting that does not involve direct patient care, but could still expose you to infectious agents that can be transmitted in the healthcare setting – see below
- You are a first responder, including law enforcement and firefighters
- You work or live in a congregate setting, including homeless shelters and group homes
- You are 75 years or older
What does it mean to work in a healthcare setting?
This means that you come in direct contact with patients while providing or assisting in medical care. Some examples of individuals that qualify include:
- Emergency medical service personnel
- Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians assistants
- Nurses (RNs, LPNs, etc), nursing assistants, medical technicians
- Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
- Dentists and dental staff
- In-home care professionals
- Students, trainees, and contractual staff in a healthcare facility
What does it mean to work in a setting that could expose you to infectious agents?
This means you come in direct contact with the COVID-19 pathogen through your job. People that fall in this category include:
- Healthcare facility maintenance staff and laundry service personnel
- Administrative, clerical, and billing staff in a healthcare setting
- Healthcare facility management
- Healthcare facility volunteer personnel
For more information about eligibility, please contact your state health department.
I meet the criteria for the COVID-19 vaccination. How do I get it at AFC?
In order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you must register online which includes completing some paperwork and selecting a time to come in for your vaccine. You can register online by visiting the webpage for your nearest participating AFC and clicking the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration button. Please note that at this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is only available at select American Family Care centers. As the vaccine becomes available at more centers, we will provide updates here, and on the webpage for each participating location.
What vaccine is offered at American Family Care?
At this time, there are two vaccines authorized for use in the United States – The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, American Family Care offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. This vaccine requires two doses. In order to receive the full vaccination, you will need to plan to return to AFC 28 days after your initial appointment to receive your second dose.
For more information about all of the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC website here.
How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The vaccine has been paid for by the United States government so there is no cost to you for the vaccine. Most American Family Care locations are locally owned and operated and some locations may bill your insurance or require a copay for the administration of the vaccination, office visits, and supplies. Please contact your local American Family Care to confirm any costs that may be associated with your visit prior to registering for a vaccine appointment.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The most common side effects of the vaccine include:
- Pain, swelling, and redness in the arm where you got the shot
Is the vaccine effective?
Yes, studies have shown that both authorized vaccines are highly effective. For more information regarding the efficacy and testing of these vaccines, see the CDC information here.
If you have further questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine distribution, or are experiencing issues registering for a vaccination appointment, please contact your local AFC or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org