Covid-19 Vaccinations in New Haven, CT
COVID-19 is a huge factor in our lives recently, and for a long time there was no ability to fight back against it it. However, with the vaccination and booster shots, we are able to reduce the symptoms of COVID-19 and reduce its transmission around the world. If you would like to book an appointment, reach out to Medical Walk In Care of New Haven for any walk in or pre-booked appointments.
How does a vaccine work?
A vaccine is a form of immunotherapy where a weakened, possibly dead, version of the virus is injected into the body. This trains the body to recognize the virus as a potential threat without the serious symptoms that may occur with contracting the disease naturally. As more people get the vaccine, it slowly dissipates until there is less of a concern when dealing with the virus moving forward.
Why do I need a COVID-19 Vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine not only helps reduce the seriousness of the virus in most people, but can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as a whole.
This is especially important because many of our hospitals are occupied with COVID-19 patients, which may prevent people from being treated for other ailments such as heart attacks, strokes and more.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
You may feel at least one of these symptoms when taking the COVID-19 vaccine shot.
COVID-19 vaccine side effects include:
- Sore arm
- Mild fever
- Body aches
The COVID-19 vaccine has a small possibility of causing blood clotting disorders. Depending on your level of immunocompromisation, we urge you to speak with your doctor about whether it is safe for you to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
How often do I need to get my COVID-19 Vaccine?
You may be confused on whether you need a vaccine shot immediately, a week after, or months after! As such, we have broken down the following steps towards being fully vaccinated:
- The first dose can be taken at any time at your local Medical Walk-In Care facility.
- Depending on which vaccine you take, Pfizer or Moderna, you may be asked to take the second dose between 3-4 weeks after your initial dose.
- Finally, any additional booster shots recommended by the CDC typically occur 6-8 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine shot.
Please note that the CDC no longer recommends the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and instead recommends the multi-dose Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines.
The data will be continually updated, and as of now, it is unknown whether a fourth booster shot will be necessary in the future.
I Got Vaccinated but Still Contracted COVID-19. What Should I do?
Being around people without a mask, particularly if you are unvaccinated, is the fastest way to contract COVID-19. The data for quarantining is often evolving and may be different depending on which country you are in or may travel to.
Per the CDC, Americans need to quarantine for the following lengths:
- If you are vaccinated and contIf you are vaccinated and continually showing symptoms, you must stay in quarantine for at least 5 days.
- If you are vaccinated, and symptoms have dissipated quickly, or you were an asymptomatic case, you may quarantine for 5 days. Afterward, you can leave quarantine so long as you are wearing a mask at all times.
- If you are not vaccinated, you must stay quarantined for 5 days regardless of symptoms.
Vaccines are the best way to manage this disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. It is not going to eradicate the disease, but vaccines give humans a fighting chance. We don’t want you to be a statistic.
Get Your Vaccine!
Help protect yourself and those around you by getting the COVID-19 Vaccine at Medical Walk In Care. We accept both pre-booked and walk in appointments, every week Monday – Saturday.
Visit either of our Connecticut office locations for your vaccine appointment.