COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Singing River fully supports and highly encourages widespread COVID vaccination for our employees, patients, and the community.

The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available at Singing River Health System!

How to Schedule a Vaccine Appointment?

Or call any Singing River Medical Clinic below to schedule.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update

The J&J vaccines are available to those eligible at all Singing River Medical Clinics – please call the clinic of your choice to schedule.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), CDC, and FDA have recommended that the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. A review of all available data at this time shows that the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks for those recommended to receive it.

However, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination and that the other COVID-19 vaccines available this risk has not been seen.

What we know: COVID-19 vaccinations are still overwhelmingly safe.

  • This adverse event is rare, occurring at a rate of about 7 per 1 million vaccinated women between 18 and 49 years old. For women 50 years and older and men of all ages, this adverse event is even rarer.
  • For three weeks after receiving the vaccine, you should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a blood clot with low platelets. These include:
    • Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Leg swelling
    • Persistent abdominal pain
    • Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site

Seek medical care right away if you develop one or more of these symptoms after receiving a J&J vaccination.

Schedule Vaccine Appointments Online

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Who is Eligible in Mississippi for the COVID-19 Vaccine?

According to MSDH, eligible groups include ALL individuals age 12+ (Pfizer) and age 18+ (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).

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Singing River Health System urges those who qualify, especially individuals with serious health conditions to sign-up as soon as possible. If you or a loved one faces any of these health concerns, receiving a COVID-19 vaccination may save your life:  

  • Heart problems: Heart failure, coronary artery disease, and heart disease
  • Long-term kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Down Syndrome

Will the COVID-19 vaccine help prevent me from getting COVID or spreading it? 

Yes, that is the intent. Vaccines are a simple, safe, and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. Vaccines use your body’s natural defenses to build resistance to specific infections and make your immune system stronger.

Vaccinations such as the COVID-19 vaccine train your immune system to create antibodies just like it does when it’s exposed to any infection – granting immunity to the virus without ever being infected. 

The vaccine has shown up to 90% effectiveness but we must continue to use every tool to stop this pandemic including vaccinations, hand washing, physically distancing and wearing a mask. 

Does Singing River Health System endorse the vaccine for its employees, patients, and community?

Singing River Health System fully supports and encourages all employees and patients to receive FDA approved vaccines.  Large scale vaccination of our community is the best way to keep everyone safe and to end the COVID-19 pandemic.  

How does the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine work?

The messenger RNA (mRNA) found in the COVID-19 vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to respond as if it were a true infection. The specifically designed mRNA teaches your cells how to mimic the viral proteins of COVID-19, triggering your immune system to create antibodies to fight it off. 

If you are exposed to COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, your body will automatically detect and destroy the virus before it causes illness. The vaccine will also minimize your risk of re-infection should you encounter or are exposed to the same virus again. 

How does Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine work?

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not use mRNA like Pfizer and Moderna. Rather, it’s an adenovirus vector vaccine, using a more established approach of employing a harmless cold virus to deliver a gene that carries the blueprint for the spiky protein found on the surface of the coronavirus.

The virus in the vaccine enters cells, which then follow genetic instructions to construct a replica of the coronavirus spike. The immune system uses these replicas to recognize and respond to the real thing, protecting you from COVID-19.

Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?

The new mRNA technology in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine does NOT use any live, dead, or weakened forms of viruses or bacteria to create antibodies. However, traditional vaccines that do contain strains of viruses like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do not cause the disease or put you at risk of its complications.

How safe and effective is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Similar to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, it can cause sore arms, achiness, and mild fevers. Like the other COVID-19 vaccines, Johnson & Johnson is 100 percent effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths, including in South Africa against a more transmissible variant, and was 85 percent effective at protecting against severe cases of illness.

It was 72 percent effective at preventing moderate illness in the U.S. trials, a number that falls short of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which were about 95 percent effective after both doses. However, experts say head-to-head comparisons among the vaccines cannot be made, because the trials were conducted at different times during the pandemic.

How many shots are required?

The COVID-19 vaccine will require one dose or two, depending on which vaccine you receive. 

The two-dose vaccine will be given one dose at a time, after the first initial dose the individual will receive the second dose within 20-30 days after the first to ensure effectiveness. 

Just because some vaccines may have one shot or two, doesn’t mean that one is less effective than the other.

What happens if I don’t get the second shot within the allotted timeframe?  Will I still be considered vaccinated?

To ensure optimal effectiveness, it is highly recommended that you receive the second dose within the specified timeframe as directed by the manufacturer.  If you don’t receive the second shot, you will greatly decrease the chance of the vaccine working.    

How much will the vaccine cost?

There will be no cost to employees or patients at this time.

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

Yes. There is not enough information currently available to say how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. In order to stop this pandemic, we need to use every tool available which includes immunization, social distancing, handwashing, and wearing masks.

Should I take a COVID test before or do I need to be COVID-free before receiving the vaccine?

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test prior to receiving the vaccine. If you are COVID-19 positive, then it is recommended that you follow the CDC guidelines and isolate for 10 days to limit exposure to others. Once you are out of isolation, you are able to receive the vaccine.

How long will the vaccine last?  
Since this a novel virus, we are still unsure how long the vaccine antibodies will last.  We are closely monitoring the research as more data becomes available. 

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? 

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is safe and side effects from the vaccine are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. Allergic reactions are very rare. The benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks, and many more illnesses and deaths would occur without vaccines.

But the approval seems a bit rushed?

Even though the vaccine’s approval process was ordered at “warp speed”, before its release the FDA ensures any licensed vaccine is rigorously tested across multiple phases of trials before it is approved, including for emergency use. All vaccines are regularly reassessed once introduced and scientists are also constantly monitoring information from several sources for any sign that a vaccine may cause health risks.

“We are committed to expediting the development of COVID-19 vaccines, but not at the expense of sound science and decision making. We will not jeopardize the public’s trust in our science-based, independent review of these or any vaccines. There’s too much at stake.”

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., FDA Commissioner, and Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

When will the vaccine be available?

According to the MSDH, the first phase of vaccinations will be offered to health care workers who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure. Singing River received its first allocation of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020.

Most likely in March 2021, once enough vaccines are produced to be available for the public,COVID-19 vaccines will be available to anyone who wants one.