One of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. No vaccine is 100% effective, but it can significantly reduce your risk of potentially serious complications. At South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center, the team of family medicine providers offers the COVID-19 vaccine to adults and eligible teens. To make an appointment at the practice in San Antonio, Texas, call the office or click the online scheduling feature today.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a type of preventive medicine. It involves getting one or two shots that train your immune system to identify and destroy the novel coronavirus.
When the vaccine enters your body, it causes your immune system to create antibodies — proteins that help combat the virus. By training your immune system to identify COVID-19, you’re much less likely to experience serious side effects like hospitalization or the need for a ventilator.
The steps for getting the COVID-19 vaccine vary, depending on the type you receive. Some COVID-19 vaccines require two shots, several weeks apart; others require only a single shot, followed by a booster at a later time.
Following an in-office exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your underlying medical conditions, your South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center provider can recommend a vaccine.
No, you won’t catch COVID-19 from getting the vaccine. None of the vaccines currently available contain the live virus. You might experience some mild side effects a day or two after, but these symptoms should resolve quickly.
Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and usually well-tolerated. Each of the vaccines currently available underwent months of testing and review to ensure their efficacy and safety.
It’s especially important to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re immunocompromised, over the age of 65, or at risk of severe complications. If you have any questions or concerns about receiving the vaccine, let your provider know. They can explain how the vaccine works and help you feel more comfortable about the process.
Many people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine experience mild side effects, including:
These symptoms should subside within 24-48 hours, but if they persist or get worse, contact the team at South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center right away.
Don’t wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Make an appointment at South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.