The COVID-19 Vaccine. Just the Facts.

Are you ready to get your shot? COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, as well as help to reduce the risk of people spreading the COVID-19 virus in the community. Together, we can slow down COVID-19.

Below you will find frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine. If you have further questions or would like to talk to someone about the COVID-19 vaccine, please call (216).658-0727 or contact your physician today.

We can do it, one shot at a time.

Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Updated Dec. 15, 2021

Accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors. It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Learn more about

 finding credible vaccine information.                

The Omicron Variant- What you need to know       

Omicron in the United States: CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As of December 20, 2021, Omicron had been detected in most states and territories and continues to be the dominant variant in the United States.



How does the vaccine work?

To understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illness. When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. Blood contains red cells, which carry oxygen to tissues and organs, and white or immune cells, which fight infection. With all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” white blood cells that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.

Which vaccine is the best?

All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. The most important decision is to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.

As of August 23, 2021, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“As the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D.

How soon does the vaccine start working?
It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Will the vaccine protect me from the Delta variant?

Although you can still contract the Delta variant, studies have shown that currently available vaccines appear to be effective against preventing death or serious illness caused by the virus. Experts are still testing the effectiveness of the vaccination against the Delta variant around the world, but overwhelmingly agree that the vaccine will protect against serious illness and hospitalization in most cases.

If I have an underlying medical condition, should I get the vaccine?

Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions.


Will I need a booster shot?

Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can.

  • To get the most protection, get all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Take all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
  • Everyone ages 16 years and older can get a booster shot either 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series, or 2 months after their initial Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

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Information updated as of 2/22