COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Updated August 23, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Opportunities
Clay County Public Health and Avera Medical Group Spencer (AMGS) team up to offer COVID-19 vaccination opportunities each week. Currently, the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are available locally through public health and AMGS. Also, check with your local pharmacy for Johnson & Johnson availability.
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine - Is a two-dose vaccine with doses given 28 days apart or greater. Currently, Moderna is approved for anyone age 18 or older.
- Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine - Pfizer is also a two-dose vaccine, which doses given 21 days or greater apart. Pfizer is approved for those ages 12 and older.
There are many options to get vaccinated:
- Clay County Public Health offers a weekly vaccination clinic using the Moderna (a 2-dose series) vaccine. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling. Use the online scheduling link or call public health at (712) 264-6380.
- Public health is also working with employers in the county to offer worksite opportunities. If you'd like public health to come to your worksite, please contact public health at (712) 264-6380.
- Patients of Avera Medical Group Spencer are encouraged to ask their physician about getting vaccination during their appointment. Parents scheduling wellness/athletic physicals for their students age 12 through 17 can ask about getting their student vaccinated with Pfizer during their clinic visit. Please contact Avera Medical Group Spencer at (712) 264-3500 to schedule an appointment.
- Check with your local pharmacy or healthcare provider regarding other options to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination.
When I am scheduled to be vaccinated, what will I need to do?
- Please print and complete the vaccine consent form for your first dose, available here:
- Bring your driver's license or ID which shows your date of birth
- If you are eligible to be vaccinated because of your occupation, please bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID
- Plan on 20-30 minutes for your appointment as you will be observed for 15 minutes after your vaccination. Please be on time (not early or late) as appointments are designed to allow for social distancing. Wear a mask to your appointment.
Other Vaccination Appointment Opportunities
Area healthcare partners may be offering vaccination opportunities. Check with your pharmacy or clinic to determine if vaccine is available:
Pregnancy and COVID-19
Learn more about what health experts have learned about how COVID-19 impacts those who are pregnant, and also learn about recommendations for vaccination if pregnant, or considering pregnancy, or are breastfeeding. Here's the most recent (June 29, 2021) information from the CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The most common side effects are pain/redness at the injection site. Some people also may experience headache, fatigue, muscle/joint aches, and low-grade fever. Most side effects last less than 24 hours, although the arm in which you receive the injection may be tender for a few days. It's estimated 10-15 percent of those who receive the vaccine experience side effects in addition to injection-site tenderness. You will have the option to sign up for a national database for reporting side effects: V-Safe Information Sheet Also, here's information on what to expect after being vaccinated: What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination
Frequently Asked Questions
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) routinely updates its list of frequently asked questions and answers, with new information being added when confirmed. Click here for answers to many commonly asked questions: CDC - Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced on May 16, 2021 that individuals that are fully vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Learn more from the CDC about what you can do once you are fully vaccinated.