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COVID-19 Vaccinations at Tanner

We can beat COVID-19 if we work together.

COVID-19 vaccines were developed so quickly because they were based on established science. More than a decade of research has demonstrated the safety of this type of vaccine.

Healthcare providers took an oath to protect you. We would not recommend a vaccine that wasn’t safe.

Vaccine distribution at Tanner Health System

We are distributing vaccine in accordance with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines.

Because of the difficulty of storing and preparing the vaccine — as well as the need to socially distance and monitor you for at least 15 minutes after vaccination — we have launched an ongoing series of vaccination clinics throughout the region.

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Due to the limited supply available to Tanner, those age 65 and older may register for the vaccination clinics first. We are unable to offer vaccinations to caregivers or others younger than 65 at this time. You can also find a COVID-19 vaccination site through the Georgia DPH website or by calling the state hotline at 1-888-357-0169.

Vaccinations will be available by appointment only to residents of Georgia and Alabama. Proof of residency and age, such as a driver's license or ID card, is necessary.

This page will be updated with vaccine distribution updates. Keep checking back, and like us on Facebook for the latest details as soon as they’re available.

Ready to take your shot?

Click here to learn more about our vaccine rollout
and sign up to be included on a randomized list for a future vaccination clinic.

 

Questions? Answered.

CDC information on the COVID-19 vaccine

Get answers to questions on COVID-19 vaccine development, availability, safety and more.

Pfizer Vaccine Patient Fact Sheet

Download an information sheet for patients and caregivers on the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19.
(View the Spanish version.)

Moderna Vaccine Patient Fact Sheet

Download an information sheet for patients and caregivers on the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.
(View the Spanish version.)

 

Vaccination question: If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes! You should get the COVID-19 vaccine even if you have had COVID-19. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated. 

However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, so you may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.

Tanner’s infection prevention experts recommend that if your case of COVID-19 was mild, you should wait 30 days after your infection to receive the vaccine. For those with more severe illness — especially hospitalization — consult your physician or an infection prevention specialist before taking the vaccine.

 

COVID-19 vaccine trial: Knowledge is power - Dr. Laura Larson

Laura Larson, MD, Tanner's medical director of infection prevention, describes her participation in a trial for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as why she decided to take the vaccine. She also discusses the vaccine's efficacy and safety of the vaccine. It's worth a shot to crush COVID!

 

The COVID-19 vaccine: A physician's perspective - Dr. Adegboyega Aderibigbe

Adegboyega Aderibigbe, MD, a neonatology and perinatal specialist at Tanner Health System, provides a physician's perspective on the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine and why he believes it is safe to do so.

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Physician's Perspective - Dr. Tunicia Giron

Tunicia Giron, MD, an anesthesiologist with West Georgia Anesthesia Associates, explains why she decided to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Giron says "we are in a war" and that she wants to "love on her family just like you want to love on yours." Getting the vaccine will change not only your life, but those around you. Giron believes science proves the vaccine is safe.

 

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

From the common cold to the seasonal flu, your body is busy fighting off bacterial and viral infections.

The more your body fends off an infection, the better it’s able to respond when it encounters the infection.

One way your body fights infection is with antibodies. These antibodies attack the virus or bacteria making you sick, both by killing the virus and keeping it from reproducing.

COVID-19, which comes from a novel — or “new” — coronavirus, has been so dangerous because no one has encountered it before. Practically no one’s body has experience in fighting off the infection.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain a live virus and has no risk of making you sick with COVID-19. This type of vaccine, called an mRNA vaccine, works by triggering the production of new antibodies in your body that fight the coronavirus. It does not change your DNA — it “teaches” your body to fight the virus.

Early research has shown that the vaccine is even more effective than the seasonal flu vaccine at helping your body fight the virus. It’s up to 70% effective after the first dose, and 90% or better after the second.

The risk of side effects remains low and most side effects usually resolve within 36 hours.

Even if you were to get sick with COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, your body will be much better prepared to fight off the infection, so you will likely get better, faster.

 

Want to Know More?

Get more information from the CDC.

 

How much will the vaccine cost?

The federal government and vaccine manufacturers have ensured that the vaccine will be available at no cost to any American who wants it.

If you are contacted or solicited by someone offering the vaccine for a fee, there’s a high probability that the offer is a scam.

You also should consider only trusting vaccines administered through reputable healthcare organizations, like doctor’s offices, hospitals and pharmacies. The supply chain for the vaccine will be strictly regulated to ensure supply and safety.

 

What about COVID-19 vaccine side effects? - Dr. Lindsey Roenigk

Lindsey Roenigk, MD, a pulmonology and sleep medicine specialist with West Georgia Lung and Sleep Medicine, explains how the body responds to the COVID-19 vaccine and the potential side effects that can be expected after taking it. She believes the vaccine is a safe and essential piece to bringing the pandemic under control and getting back to normal life.

 

Moving past COVID-19 - Dr. Bonnie Boles

Bonnie Boles, MD, chief medical information officer for Tanner Health System, explains why the vaccine is vital to achieve population immunity and get our lives back on track faster and with fewer deaths. Learn more at http://www.tanner.org/vaccine. It's worth a shot to crush COVID!

 

Historical perspective

Polio was eradicated in the United States in 1979, resulting from one of the most widespread vaccination efforts in global history.

It was understood that the consequences of the virus were worse than the risk of any side effects. Adults and children alike lined up to receive the vaccine.

COVID-19 is much the same.

The more people who are vaccinated, the lower the risk of spreading the virus. Lower spread means a reduced risk of infections, hospitalizations and the loss of life.

We also can get back to normal life activities, faster, with widespread vaccination.

 

Safe and Effective

Do you have general concerns about vaccine safety? Vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving.

More Questions?

Find answers to your vaccine questions.
 
 

 

Public safety remains a priority

Vaccination protects you, but not others.

When you receive the vaccine, it will still be important to continue the behaviors that have been shown to limit the virus’ spread. That includes hand hygiene and wearing a mask in public.

Once most people have been vaccinated, these measures can be reduced. But it will require the widespread availability and use of the vaccine to achieve this.

That means you will have to take the shots and follow up on all recommended boosters of the vaccine.

From smallpox to polio, science has helped us safely eradicate many dangerous diseases. Taking precautions now — including wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding group gatherings and taking both doses of the vaccine when available — will reduce the risk of exposure, hospitalizations, and save lives.

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