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COVID Vaccine

MSDC urges everyone able to receive the COVID vaccine to do so. The vaccine is the safest and easiest way out of this pandemic, as the past few months have shown us. This page will serve as a resource for physicians and the public on how and why to be vaccinated.

All residents age 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Schedule or find your vaccine here (DC).

 

 Local jurisdiction vaccine sites

 

  Information on the Vaccines

Moderna

Pfizer

Johnson & Johnson

Health information about the vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)

Vaccine Trials
Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines
Learn more about vaccine trials
Learn more about the DC Health Scientific Advisory Committee for the Development and Implementation of a Safe, Effective, and Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program in the District of Columbia

American Academy of Pediatrics DC Chapter (AAP DC) School Health Toolkit - including information on COVID-19 and children

 

Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine (from CDC)
If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction, even if it was not severe, to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (such as polyethylene glycol), you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

If you had a severe or immediate allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get a second dose of either of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech).

A severe allergic reaction is one that needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen or with medical care. Learn about common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines and when to call a doctor.

An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting the shot, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).

Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with J&J Vaccine (from CDC)
If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction, even if it was not severe, to any ingredient in the J&J/Janssen vaccine (such as polysorbate), you should not get the J&J COVID-19 vaccine.

A severe allergic reaction is one that needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen or with medical care. Learn about common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines and when to call a doctor.

An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting the shot, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).

 

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Cartoon Explainer on How the J&J Vaccine Works