Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. Though symptoms vary, COVID-19 can cause life-threatening symptoms and death. To optimize physical and emotional well-being, Martin Binyange, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MPH, and the team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, offer the COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule your vaccination book an appointment online today.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The newly discovered coronavirus spreads from person to person when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes, or talks.
Most people who get COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms that don’t require special medical care. However, some people develop serious symptoms that require hospitalization.
The COVID-19 vaccine may prevent you from getting the infectious disease or developing serious symptoms. The vaccine may also help end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, the FDA has provided emergency use authorization for three COVID-19 vaccines:
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in people 16 years and older. It’s a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine and requires two injections given 21 days apart. However, you can take the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people 18 years and older. It’s also an mRNA vaccine and requires two doses given 28 days apart. But the second dose can be given up to six weeks after the first dose.
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a viral vector vaccine approved for people 18 years of age and older. You only need one injection of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines work by helping your body create antibodies against COVID-19 without you having to get sick. These vaccines contain genetic coding for a harmless protein unique to SARS-CoV-2.
Your immune system recognizes the genetic coding as a foreign invader and develops antibodies to fight it off. When you come in contact with the virus, your immune system remembers the foreign agent and uses the antibodies to fight off the virus so you don’t get sick.
The CDC recommends you get the COVID-19 vaccine even if you have recovered from COVID-19.
You may develop some side effects after receiving your COVID-19 vaccine at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center. Side effects are normal and a sign your immune system is working.
Common COVID-19 vaccine side effects include:
These side effects generally appear about three days after the injection and last a day or two.
To schedule your COVID-19 vaccine at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, book an appointment online today.
COVID-19 vaccines are offered to the general public from age 18 and up whether you are our client or not. We are able to make the COVID-19 vaccine accessible to the community and to individuals.