COVID-19 Vaccine

Adventist Health physicians recommend the COVID-19 vaccine. Research shows that the vaccination is safe and effective in protecting against the COVID-19 virus. Because when you've been longing for more time with those you love, you'll want to be as close as you can get.

Vaccine supply varies by location and by day. When you arrive for your appointment, you will be told which vaccine is being administered, and your second dose will be of the same vaccine as your first dose. After your first dose, you will be able to schedule your second.

Additional information is available through your county or state health department, or the CDC website.

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At Adventist Health, the care and safety of our patients are our top priority. State and local health departments determine how vaccines are distributed. We are working on administering the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities and will update information often.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

What about side effects?

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. You cannot get COVID-19 from any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States because they do not contain the actual virus that causes the disease.

While more serious side effects are possible, they are extremely rare. Severe allergic reactions occur in only two to five people out of every 1 million who get the vaccine. By contrast, the risk of dying if you contract COVID-19 is estimated to be between 500 to 90,000 out of 1 million depending on your age.

Was there enough testing?

COVID-19 vaccines go through the same rigorous safety assessment as all vaccines before the FDA approves them for use in the United States. This includes large clinical trials and data review by a safety monitoring board. No steps were skipped in this process. The CDC is also actively monitoring people who receive the COVID-19 vaccines and responding to any potential safety concerns identified. Over 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have now been given in the United States.

What’s in the vaccines?

Both Moderna and Pfizer are Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. mRNA are a newer type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. They teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. The mRNA is the only active ingredient in the vaccine. The remaining ingredients, including acids, acid stabilizers, salt and sugar all work together to maintain the stability of the vaccine after it’s produced.*

Learn more with COVID-19 frequently asked questions.