The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the CDC and is available for ages 12 and older.
You may contact your physician’s office to schedule an appointment.
We will continue to update this web page as we get more information. Please be assured we care about getting you the vaccine as quickly and as safely as we can. Remember, our Primary Care really is you.
Tallahassee Primary Care
For more information and for past updates, visit: www.tallahasseeprimarycare.com/category/news/.
What patients will be receiving the vaccine first?
Distribution guidelines have been established by the CDC and the state of Florida to ensure people in high-risk areas, such as healthcare providers and long-term care residents, receive the vaccine first.
Can the general public receive the vaccine when it is released?
Due to limited supplies of vaccines, priority has been given to healthcare providers and patients that are most vulnerable and high-risk of exposure to the virus. We hope to receive a continuous and steady supply so we can be more consistent with scheduling and vaccinating all patient groups.
Can I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. The vaccine does not contain the live virus that would cause COVID-19. Instead, it is aimed to help you develop antibodies to help fight off the virus. After receiving the vaccine, you may not feel well for a few days as the vaccination will trigger an immune response.
If I receive the vaccine, does that mean I can’t catch COVID-19?
These COVID-19 vaccines, as with all vaccines, are not 100% effective, but are an important part of managing the pandemic and helping stop the spread. TPCA is still requiring all patients and employees wear masks, social distance and use proper hand hygiene in all of our facilities.
What vaccine is TPCA administering?
TPCA is receiving the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. There are other vaccines still being tested that we may receive in the future.
What is the effective rate for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have a 95% effectiveness rate.
How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need and what is the time period between the initial vaccine and the 2nd vaccine dose?
With both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you will need 2 immunizations. For the Pfizer vaccine, these will be 3 weeks apart. For the Monderna vaccine they will be 4 weeks apart.
What if I miss my second dose of the vaccine?
The first dose of the vaccine will build up some immunity but not as much as the two vaccines. The second dose will give a higher immunity that will last longer. We strongly recommend getting both doses.
Is the vaccine safe?
All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-10 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective determined by large, high-profile clinical trials.
How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me for the virus?
We don’t know how long it takes to get the full 95% coverage after the second dose. However there is evidence that some immunity begins as early as 10-14 days after the first dose.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The most common side effects are a sore arm, body aches, fever, fatigue. These side effects usually only last a day or two. The side effects are usually more prominent after the second vaccine because the body’s immune system is more primed to respond after the first dose. These side effects are not an illness though – they are simply the body responding to what it perceives as an illness. They are a good sign that your body is responding appropriately.
Is there a risk of a severe allergic reaction if I receive the vaccine?
As with any medication or vaccine, there is always the possibility of a severe allergic reaction. However the number of people who have a severe allergic reaction is very low. If you have had allergic reactions to vaccines in the past, or if you have had life threatening reactions to medications in the past, make sure you let the person who is administering the vaccine know. Extra observation will be used for those who have a history of severe allergic reactions.
Will I have to get a COVID-19 shot yearly?
Scientists and experts are still studying this and will determine this once the vaccine is distributed and more data is available.
Can I stop wearing a mask after I am vaccinated?
There is not enough information currently available to say when the CDC will stop recommending people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Do I still need to get the vaccine if I have already tested positive and recovered from COVID-19?
This will be a personal decision. The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus is new, we don’t know how long natural immunity might last.
Is the vaccine safe for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding?
There are very limited data on these vaccines and their effects on the fetus or breast feeding babies. However there is no indication that these vaccines would pose any threat to a breast feeding baby. Pregnant women should discuss the pros and cons of vaccination and the pros and cons of NOT vaccinating with their physician. In many cases it is likely that vaccination would be a better choice for pregnant women.
Is TPCA experiencing challenges with the distribution?
There are many factors that make the distribution of vaccine challenging. The biggest problem is the fact that there is simply not enough vaccine available at this time for all those who want it. Another challenge is how to connect those who want it with the vaccines as they become available. TPCA is working diligently to find ways to provide the vaccine we do have available to those who are at highest risk as soon as the doses come to us.
Does TPCA have the right equipment to safely house and distribute the vaccine?
We do. We now have the proper freezers to store the vaccines until they can be given.
Does insurance cover COVID-19 vaccines?
All COVID vaccines are provided free of charge to the patient by the Federal Government.
Will TPCA colleagues be required to receive the vaccine?
TPCA colleagues will be encouraged, but not required, to receive the vaccine.
For up to date information on COVID-19 vaccines, please access the helpful links below.