COVID-19 Vaccine

Information about the Vaccine for COVID-19

We are approved to be a vaccine provider. At this time we are unsure when we will receive vaccine stock. Please continue to check back here for updates on vaccine availability at NorthLakes Community Clinic.

In the meantime, please use this page as a resource to learn more about the vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will patients get the vaccine?
We hope you all will consider getting vaccinated. Again, it’s the best way to protect ourselves and those we love. We encourage you to learn more about the vaccine and watch this page for updates.

Do NorthLakes medical providers recommend we get the vaccine?
Yes! NorthLakes medical providers are excited for the vaccine and recommend all patients who are able get vaccinated.

Is the vaccine safe?
Yes, the vaccine is safe. The vaccine was tested in trials with thousands of Americans and no serious safety concerns were reported. The FDA takes these approvals very seriously. In addition, the science to develop this vaccine is NOT new. Scientists have been doing research on this type of vaccine for many years with previous outbreaks caused by related viruses. This research gave us a big head start. Safety is the top priority!

The CDC has set up a specific program (V-Safe) to monitor concerns that may come after receiving the vaccine. You can register online. Someone from the CDC will call to check on you at intervals after getting the vaccine. Your personal information will not be stored or shared.

Can I get COVID from the vaccine?
No, you cannot. It does NOT contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine gives our body practice recognizing the virus and safely developing an immune response against it.

Are there side effects from the vaccine?
About 20% of people do experience side effects, such as fever and nausea, for one to two days. This is completely normal and means that both your immune system and the vaccine are doing their job. All results from the trials show a quick recovery from symptoms and no serious side effects. If your symptoms worsen, contact your medical provider.

Is the vaccine effective?
Yes! Trials showed the Pfizer vaccine was 95% effective and the Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective. Being protected by the vaccine greatly outweighs the risk of getting COVID.

How many doses do I need?
Right now, the vaccine requires two doses separated by three to four weeks. The first and second dose must be from the same brand. It will take your body up to one month to develop the protection it needs.

How long does the immunity last?
At this point, we do not yet know how long immunity will last. This is something important that experts are currently trying to learn more about. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?
YES, we need to use all the tools in our toolbox to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. The vaccine is just one tool. CONTINUE wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Just because you have received the vaccine does not mean that you cannot transmit it if you have been exposed to it.

Who should get vaccinated?
The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for people 16 years and older. The Moderna vaccine is approved for those who are over 18. Everyone should talk to their doctor before getting vaccinated.

Who should not get vaccinated?
Unfortunately, right now some people should NOT get the vaccine:
People with a severe allergy to a vaccine ingredient or to any vaccine.
People younger than 16 years old.
People who have COVID-19 symptoms or are isolated because of an exposure RIGHT NOW. You can
get vaccinated after you have recovered or are out of isolation.

Can I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant?
People who are pregnant should talk to their doctor or midwife about the vaccine.

Can I get the vaccine if I have an immune issue or disease?
People who have immune issues or diseases should talk to their doctors about getting the vaccine.

I’ve already had COVID, do I need to get the vaccine?
We recommend that all individuals who are able get the vaccine, even if you have already been diagnosed with COVID. There is no way to know whether or not you have enough immunity from your past exposure, and it is best to protect yourself with the vaccine.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be free for our patients?
Yes. During the public health emergency, NLCC will be waiving any administration fees tied directly to administering the vaccine to our patients. The vaccine itself is provided to us for free as well during the public health emergency.

COVID-19 Provider Round Table Discussion

In response to the COVID-19 vaccine arriving in our communities, NorthLakes CEO, Reba Rice hosted a conversation with area physicians to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thank you to Dr. White from Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Reitz from Red Cliff Community Health Center, and our own Dr. Dryer for taking part in this conversation.

Please take some time to watch the video below and continue doing what you can to keep our community safe.

Why I Vaccinate

In response to the COVID-19 vaccine arriving in our communities, NorthLakes Community Clinic Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deb Dryer, shares her story about why she chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please take some time to watch the video below and continue doing what you can to keep our community safe.

Additional Resources