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Coronavirus aka Covid-19 - an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

New in the Coronavirus World: LOOK OUT NASHVILLE! A new COVID-19 variant is spreading quickly through our city. Here's what you need to know: 

  1. The covid-19 vaccine is still the best protection against the disease.

  2. The CDC has signed off on a new covid-19 booster that has been created to protect against the latest variants of the disease (XBB strains of the virus descended from the original Omicron variant).

  3. As the new vaccine is slowly becoming available in Nashville, we encourage you to ask your vaccine provider if you are being given the updated booster as the original formulated vaccine will not offer the same protection.

  4. Subscribe to the MWCHC newsletter to find out when the new vaccine will be available at their three sites. (inserts QR code to landing page of where the subscription entry is at the bottom of the page).

The number of vaccine doses you need to complete your primary series depends on which vaccine you receive.

  • 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 3–8* weeks apart for people 5 years and older.

  • 3 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 6 months through 4 years, first and second dose 3-8 weeks apart, second and third dose at least 8 weeks apart*.

  • 2 doses of Moderna vaccine 4–8* weeks apart for people ages 6 months and older.

  • 2 doses of Novavax vaccine 3-8* weeks apart for people ages 12 years and older.

  • 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine for people ages 18 and older.

Talk to your healthcare or vaccine provider about the timing for the second dose in your primary series. You should not get the second dose early. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may have a different immune response following COVID-19 vaccination. Please see specific COVID-19 vaccination guidance for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.



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 Feeling sick? Call 615-327-9400 to schedule a sick visit with a provider at MWCHC. Limited walk-ins available each day. Staff recommend walk-in patients to arrive for 7:30am as they are first come first serve.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Do I need to wait after getting a flu vaccine or another Vaccine before getting a covid-19 vaccine?
    There is no recommended waiting period between getting a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
  • Do I need a covid-19 vaccine booster?
    Yes. Recent data suggest COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness at preventing infection or severe illness wanes over time, especially for certain groups of people, such as people ages 65 years and older and people with immunocompromise. The emergence of COVID-19 variants further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. Data show that an mRNA booster increases the immune response, which improves protection against getting a serious COVID-19 infection. CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.
  • What are the risks of getting a booster?
    Adults and children may have some side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. Serious side effects are rare, but may occur.
  • If I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant, can I get a Covid-19 vaccine?
    Yes, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant now, as well as people who might become pregnant in the future. People with COVID-19 during pregnancy are more likely to deliver a preterm (earlier than 37 weeks) or stillborn infant and may also be more likely to have other pregnancy complications. COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy helps:  Prevent severe illness and death in people who are pregnant  Protect babies younger than 6 months old from hospitalization caused by COVID-19 Learn more about vaccination considerations and the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant and have received a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to enroll in v-safe, CDC’s smartphone-based system that provides personalized health check-ins after vaccination. A v-safe pregnancy registry has been established to gather information on the health of pregnant people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Can I choose which covid-19 vaccine I get?
    Yes, depending on your age, for your primary series you can choose which type of COVID-19 vaccine to get. If you are getting a COVID-19 booster, depending on your age and which type of COVID-19 vaccine you have already had, you may be able to choose which type of COVID-19 vaccine booster to get.
  • Are covid-19 vaccines safe even though they were developed rapidly?
    Although COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly, research and development on vaccines like these have been underway for decades. All vaccine development steps were taken to ensure COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, including:  Clinical Trials – All vaccines in the United States must go through three phases of clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective. The phases overlapped to speed up the process, but all phases were completed.  Authorization or Approval – Before vaccines are available to people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews data from clinical trials. FDA has determined COVID-19 vaccines meet FDA’s standards and has granted those vaccines Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) or full FDA approval.  Tracking Safety Using Vaccine Monitoring Systems – Like every other vaccine approved for use in the United States, COVID-19 vaccines continue to be monitored for safety and effectiveness. Hundreds of millions of people in the United States have safely received COVID-19 vaccines. CDC and FDA continue to provide updated information on the safety of U.S. authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines using data from several monitoring systems.
  • Can I get vaccinated against covid-19 while I am currently sick with covid-19?
    No. You should wait to be vaccinated until after you complete your isolation period. People who have symptoms will end isolation at a different time than people who do not have symptoms. This also applies to people who have been vaccinated but get COVID-19 before getting any additional or booster doses. Additionally, you may consider delaying your next vaccine (primary dose or booster) by 3 months from when your symptoms started or, if you had no symptoms, when you received a positive test. People who have had a known COVID-19 exposure should not seek vaccination until heir quarantine period has ended to avoid potentially exposing healthcare personnel and others during the vaccination visit. This recommendation to wait also applies to people with a known COVID-19 exposure who have received their first dose and need additional or booster doses. Learn more about how to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
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