COVID-19 Vaccine | The Center for Children and Women

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Center COVID Updates 9/10/2021

 
At The Center for Children and Women, the safety and health of our patients are our top priorities. We are proud to be your choice for care and thank you for being part of our Texas Children’s family.

Both the FDA and CDC recommend people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised to get an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you or your child received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, you have one of the conditions listed by the CDC, and it has been at least 28 days from your second dose, it is recommended that you receive a third dose. If you have doubts about getting a third dose because of a medical condition, please talk to your provider. If you are immunocompromised and received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC is expected to provide more information in the coming days.

As a reminder, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12 and older.  The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be approved for those 18 and older.

 

If you’re eligible, please click here to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. After you complete the registration form, you will receive an email from Texas Children’s when a vaccine is available for you.
 
If you have a MyChart account, you do not need to register through the link. Instead, a COVID-19 vaccine appointment reminder will be available in the “Health Maintenance” section of your account.
 
Please sign in to your child's MyChart account to make sure your information is current so we can reach you quickly. If you do not have a MyChart account, please call 877-361-0111 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Please continue to be safe during the pandemic: wear a mask, wash your hands often, social distance, stay home if you are sick and avoid large crowds.
 
See below for a list of frequently asked questions. The information about COVID-19 changes quickly and this page will be updated with the latest information.

 

Please sign in to your MyChart account to ensure your information is current so we can reach you quickly. If you do not have a MyChart account, please call 877-361-0111 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the COVID-19 vaccine a covered benefit under CHIP/Medicaid?
Yes, it is.
 
How can my child receive the vaccine? 
You can click here to register online for a COVID-19 vaccine. Or, If you have a MyChart account, a COVID-19 vaccine appointment reminder will be available in the “Health Maintenance” section of your account.
Which vaccine are you administering to patients?
Currently, we offer the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccines are allocated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
 
As a parent or caretaker, will I also be eligible to receive the vaccine? 
Patients and family members who meet the State’s vaccination criteria can now receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s locations.
 
Can my child’s siblings also receive the vaccine?
Patients and family members who meet the State’s vaccination criteria can now receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s locations.
 
Can my child receive the vaccine if they have symptoms of COVID-19?
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or is considered to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19, vaccination should be postponed until they have recovered and criteria is met for them to stop quarantine.
 
Should my child receive the vaccine if they have already had COVID-19?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination regardless of history of prior infection.
 
When will children younger than 16 be able to receive the vaccine?
On May 10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to include children 12 to 15 years old. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be approved for those 18 and older.
 
Which vaccines are currently available?
There are currently three vaccines that have received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The first, produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, is authorized for people age 12 and older. The other two, produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are authorized for those 18 and older.
 
What is in the vaccines?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach the immune system how to create antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, so the virus can’t enter your cells. This technology has been used before to create vaccines against SARS, which is how these vaccines were able to be developed and moved into clinical trials so quickly. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, known as JNJ-78436735 or Ad26.COV2.S, is an adenovirus type 26 modified to produce the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein. This adenovirus vaccine is used as a single intramuscular injection, and when it enters a cell it produces the vaccine protein but cannot replicate inside the cell or cause illness.
 
Do the vaccines work?
Efficacy of two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is 95%. This means that, in clinical trials, the vaccine prevented approximately 95% of vaccinated people from getting COVID-19, and only approximately 5% of vaccinated people developed COVID-19 disease. Additionally, efficacy of two doses of the Moderna vaccine is 94.1%. In the U.S., the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72% protective. Importantly, the vaccine was shown to be 85% protective against severe disease.
 
Are they safe?
COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials and are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe. Even though no safety issues were found, the CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccines. The US vaccine safety system is already strong, and new safety systems have been added for COVID-19 vaccines.
 
Will I have side effects from the vaccine?
From initial data, we know mild side effects are common. If you’re vaccinated, you should expect some side effects, particularly after the second dose. These side effects are common and may occur after any vaccine. Although uncomfortable, these side effects are a sign that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and is learning to recognize the virus for the future. The short-term safety of these vaccines is clear.
 
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. The vaccine does not contain a live virus that can replicate inside of your body. So, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
 
How long will the vaccines work?
We don’t know yet. As clinical trials continue, we’ll know more about how long immunity lasts and if more doses will be necessary. Please stay safe during the pandemic: wear a mask, wash your hands often, social distance, stay home if you are sick and avoid large crowds.
 
What can I do if my child is not feeling well?
If your child is experiencing a cough or fever, or if you have questions about COVID-19, please schedule an appointment with your health care provider.
 
Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?
We don’t know at this time. However, it is felt that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh possible unconfirmed risks.
 
What if I am nursing? Can I give the virus to my child through the vaccine?
No. Because the vaccine does not contain a live virus, COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through nursing.
 
Is there a higher rate or risk of miscarriage?
We don’t know at this time. However, it is felt that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh unconfirmed risks. In the Pfizer trial, the women who suffered miscarriage were in the placebo group. The data is simply not robust enough to make any conclusions.
 

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