COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
All vaccines follow strict tests and trials before being approved and available to the general public. Although COVID-19 vaccines were created quickly, safety and efficacy were not compromised during the development or approval process. There will be continued monitoring for any adverse events associated with receiving the vaccine. More information is available at the CDC.
- How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines utilize mRNA genetic code to cause an immune response. These do not alter human cells. They only present the body with instructions to build immunity to COVID-19.
- Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me ill?
There could be localized reactions including but not limited to pain at the injection site, redness, and swelling. Other side effects identified during the clinical trials have included fever, fatigue, headache, and muscle pain. More safety information can be found at the CDC.
- Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?
No you will not be charged for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through MCN Health?
Muscogee Nation Department of Health is now vaccinating all Natives and the general public 6 months old or older.
- Am I eligible for the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?
Yes. You are still eligible and should receive the vaccine. The vaccine will further boost your immune response to fight COVID-19.
- Where can I receive the vaccine?
- Any MCN Health Clinic. Contact information for each clinic can be found here.
- Should I still get tested if I have been vaccinated?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested, even if you have already been vaccinated. Getting a COVID-19 test will help us detect and track emerging variants.
- Are the booster shots the same formulation as the primary series?
Yes, COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster, it is half the dose of the vaccine people received during primary series.
- Can people mix and match vaccine brands for their booster shot?
Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
- To receive a booster, do I need to provide record of my original series?
Please bring you vaccination record card with you. However, if you have lost or misplaced your card, we may be able to locate your information on the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System.