This page answers common questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccines. We understand that there is uncertainty around new vaccines and want to offer as much reassurance and information as possible.
We are now offering Covid-19 vaccines to anyone age 12 and up. You do not have to be a current NHS patient to get a vaccine. To make a vaccine appointment, call 612-588-9411 and press 3 right away. We offer vaccines at our Central, Fremont, and North Metro clinic locations.
Note: If you are an eligible NHS patient but have already received your vaccine elsewhere, please let us know so we can focus our outreach efforts on not-yet-vaccinated patients.
4/12/52021 Update: As you may have heard in the news, the FDA and CDC have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine while they investigate 6 cases of rare blood clots reported in patients who received the vaccine. While these instances are exceedingly rare (6 out of nearly 7 million doses given), NHS will be suspending the use of our small supply of the J&J vaccine in accordance with the CDC/FDA recommendation. To learn more, read the full FDA/CDC joint statement.
5/5/2021 Update: NHS has resumed use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine per CDC recommendations.
6/9/2021 Update: Beginning the week of June 14, 2021, NHS will offer all three vaccines in our clinics (Moderna, Pfizer, J&J).
When will the vaccine be available for NHS patients?
What can I expect when I get the vaccine?
Why do I need 2 doses of the vaccine?
Will I have any side effects?
What are common side effects of the vaccine?
Will I be able to go out in public without a mask after I get my vaccine?
Which vaccines will be given at NHS clinics?
Why should I be vaccinated?
Is the vaccine safe?
Is the vaccine safe for pregnant people/nursing parents?
There is currently no evidence that suggests the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding people. Please consult your provider for more information about whether or not being vaccinated for COVID-19 is the right choice for you.
Is the vaccine safe for children?
Should I get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?
Yes. While data is limited on this matter, it may be possible to contract COVID-19 again if you have already had it. To avoid becoming sick again and spreading the disease to others, vaccination is the best choice.