The urban inter-tribal center of Texas understands that these are some very difficult times for all of us.
We want you to know that we are here for you and able to provide you with tools to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
How do I register for a vaccination?
COVID-19 Vaccine is still in very limited supply and is being prioritized to persons 65 and older, or persons 18+ with underlying medical conditions. UITCT is collecting names of persons to register for the vaccine, as the vaccine becomes available. Click here to register for the vaccine you need to be in Phase 1B at this time. Again, that group includes individuals 65 and older and 18 or older with an underlying medical condition. UITCT is only distributing the Moderna vaccine at this time, which is only available to individuals 18 and older.
You must be a current patient who has had a medical visit at UITCT within the last 3 years to receive a vaccine from UITCT. If you are not a current patient, please call (214) 941-1050 to schedule an appointment for a telemedicine visit to establish care prior to registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please call (214)941-1050 ex. 261 if you have any questions about registering for the COVID-19 vaccine
Who qualifies for group 1B?
Many people want to be at the front of the line when it comes time to receive the vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has met and issued guidance on who should receive the vaccine first. Similarly, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has a committee to direct how the vaccine should be distributed in Texas. UITCT is following CDC and state guidelines for the administration of the vaccine. As more vaccine is made available additional groupings will be added until everyone is covered. If you are not sure if you are in Phase 1B, there is a more detailed definition here:
- People 65 years of age and older
- People 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, including but not limited to: Chronic kidney disease, cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies, Solid-organ transplantation, Obesity, and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher), Sickle cell disease
How effective are the approved vaccines?
The two COVID-19 vaccines (produced by Pfizer and Moderna Therapeutics), report being 95 percent effective.
How many doses of the vaccine will I need and how long do I wait between doses?
The Moderna vaccine requires 2 doses administered 28 days apart. When you receive the first dose, it is important that you wait for the designated time and then get the second dose. The effectiveness of the vaccine is highest when the doses are spaced appropriately. Information will be provided to everyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure they receive the correct second dose.
Are the COVID-19 vaccines 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 issued EUAs for the first 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.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
- General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
There is a remote chance that the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
Difficulty breathing, Swelling of your face and throat, A fast heartbeat, A bad rash all over your body, Dizziness and weakness
Where do I report if I have an adverse reaction?
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1, or go to the nearest hospital.Call the vaccination provider or your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
You can also report any side effects using v-safe. v-safe is an after-vaccination health checker that allows you to 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.
More information on vsafe: https://vsafe.cdc.gov/
Can the vaccine give you the virus?
The initial vaccines being considered, both Pfizer and Moderna, do not contain 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.
Will there be enough COVID-19 vaccine for everyone?
Although the initial supply of the COVID-19 vaccine will be limited, additional doses of the vaccine will be available as manufacturing and distribution ramp up. Initial doses are being allocated for critical populations, including people more likely to develop severe disease, like older adults and those with underlying health conditions.
Do I need a vaccine if I already had COVID-19?
Yes. The vaccine is recommended for people who previously have been infected with COVID-19. Vaccination of persons with current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from acute illness and they can discontinue isolation.
Once I take the COVID vaccine will I need to keep wearing a mask and social distancing?
Yes. Until a vast majority of the public is inoculated with the vaccine, and more is learned about the immunity produced by the vaccines, people need to continue the current preventative measures to stop the spread of the virus. While the vaccine is the most important tool in controlling the pandemic, it is not a magic bullet that can end the pandemic right away. However as more and more people get the vaccine and/or develop natural immunity, we will get to the point where masks and social distancing are no longer needed.
At this time the Moderna vaccine is only authorized under the EUA for people 18 and older | Receiving the COVID vaccination is free, there will be no out of pocket cost to patients | COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary, but we strongly recommend all eligible persons receive the vaccine.