Can I get my 2nd shot some place other than where I got my first?
1st and 2nd doses are paired. Wherever you went for your first dose, you are expected to return for you second dose. The supply chain is set up so the same vaccine is sent, at the proper time interval, to the location where you received your first shot, to insure you get your 2nd vaccine.
This said, vaccines are easier to come by, and it is possible to complete your cycle at a place other than where you got your first shot. Healthcare providers and public health organizations have been guided to help people in need obtain 2nd doses as they are able from “extra doses.” CVS is good about completing cycles. Counties will. Make sure to bring your first vaccine card.
What are the side effects of the vaccines and how do I prevent them?
I don’t have insurance, where can I be vaccinated without being charged?
Businesses can charge a fee to your insurance for the administration of the vaccine, but if you do not have insurance, you cannot be charged. This Health and Human Services document describes how it works.
I am undocumented and do not have insurance, how can I get a vaccine?
If you do not have insurance, you may be asked for a social security number or driver’s license, but “these pieces of information are requested, but not required information. Immigration status is not a required field for claims processing in the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program.” There is more information in this Health and Human Services document. If you are concerned, please email us and we can identify some places where you will be very comfortable being vaccinated.
All the mobile buses, that are a collaboration between MDH and BCBS are low barrier vaccine clinics and they do not ask for ID or insurance.
I am a BIPOC, is one vaccine or another better for me?
“… similar vaccine efficacy results were observed across racial and ethnic groups in both the Pfizer and Moderna trials.” Racial Diversity within COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials: Key Questions and Answers
Help me understand how vaccines are being distributed to states?
Vaccines arrive in Minnesota through multiple distribution channels.
- Federal Pharmacy Programs
- State allocations
- Veterans Health Services
- Indian Health Services – MN is part of the Bemidji Area
- Federally Qualified Health Clinics
- Are we missing any?
I’m pregnant, should I get a vaccine?
“ACOG recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups.” Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19