Questions and Answers about the COVID Vaccine
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at Wheeler?
Yes! We offer mobile COVID vaccine clinics through our Mobile Family Health & Wellness Center. Learn more about where we're rolling in near you throughout Spring 2023!
- NEW! Walk-in COVID vaccine clinics for the public at all Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Centers below on Wednesdays in May from 1:00-3:00 PM. No appointment is necessary.
- Individuals who are unvaccinated can receive the bivalent vaccine as a walk-in as well.
- All locations will have the Pfizer adult bivalent booster (for ages 12 and up). The Family Health & Wellness Center in Hartford will also offer the Pfizer primary booster series for children aged 6 mo-4 years, and the Pfizer primary and booster for pediatric patients aged 5-11 years.
- 10 North Main Street, Bristol
- 43 Woodland Street, Hartford
- 40 Hart Street, New Britain
- 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville
- 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury
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What are the side effects? Is is safe?
Generally, there are very few side effects from the first of the two doses. Most people seem to have just a sore arm.
Some people have minor side effects after the second dose, like aches, headache, fatigue, a fever, or other conditions. These side effects typically pass in 24-48 hours. This is actually a good sign! It shows that your body's immune system is working.
- LEARN MORE: Vaccine Safety (CDC)
- LEARN MORE: What to Expect After You Get a COVID Vaccine (CDC)
Can the vaccine give me COVID?
Is the vaccine really tested?
Will the vaccine alter my DNA?
Do we really know what is in the vaccine?
We understand there are concerns about the importance of vaccination, particularly in populations of color; we want to help you overcome your hesitancy in getting this vital vaccine! The CDC web site also has a very good listing of researched answers to these and other questions.
What are the benefits of getting the vaccine?
- The vaccine will help you from getting COVD-19
- The vaccine is a safer way to build protection for your health
- The vaccine will help us all stop the pandemic
- LEARN MORE: Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine (CDC)
Is it free?
No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee. From the CDC web site: "Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers can charge an administration fee for giving someone the shot. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for this by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee."