OPEN TO ALL IN NORTH CAROLINA BEGINNING APRIL 7, 2021
Although many healthcare providers across North Carolina may still not have the Covid-19 vaccine readily available, Med First has worked hard to make it a priority to begin providing the vaccine to anyone over 18 at select locations beginning April 8. We will not have walk-in availability, so please be sure you and your loved ones either, call to schedule your vaccine appointment or request your vaccine at your previously scheduled upcoming appointment. There is no out–of-pocket charge for the vaccine and we will continue to expand vaccine availability to all of our remaining locations in the coming weeks as the vaccine supply grows.
Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Doing what you can to protect yourself from this virus is important because, for some people, it can cause severe illness or death. None of the vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so the vaccine will not make you sick with Covid-19. Although large-scale clinical studies have found that COVID-19 vaccination did prevent most people from getting COVID-19, it is not 100% effective and there is a possibility some people may still get sick. It is important to be aware that after vaccination, it typically takes two weeks after you are fully vaccinated for the body to build immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19. Do not delay getting your vaccine, schedule your appointment at any of our participating locations, and get started on building your immunity today.
In addition to the Covid-19 vaccine, Med First also has rapid testing, rapid antibody testing, and rapid PCR testing available to you. Current infection may be asymptomatic, so it is still important to consider being tested whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. Some examples of when you should be tested are before or after travel, before or after going back to work, school, or an event, and after known or suspected exposure to Covid-19. If you suspect you have been exposed to Covid-19 in the past or would like to check if you have antibodies, we have you covered at Med First with an antibody test and same-day results!
At Med First, we believe in providing a full spectrum of care options and health information when it comes to Primary and Urgent Care. That is why we provide you with up-to-date information on a variety of health conditions and topics, services we offer, and information on Covid-19 from CDC, FDA, and NCHHS news releases. When you need care, we make it easy to get an appointment at any of our 19 locations by offering self-scheduled appointments you can book online any time of day or night as well as a dedicated team in our appointment center, ready to take your call and get you scheduled!
Do you have questions about the Moderna vaccine? Keep reading for answers to a few frequently asked questions.
What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine?
Tell your Med First healthcare professional about your medical conditions, including if you:
- have any allergies
- have a fever
- have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
- are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- are breastfeeding
- have received another COVID-19 vaccine
- had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
Is the vaccine covered by insurance?
Any authorized vaccine for COVID-19 is considered a “preventive health service,” which means that private health insurers must cover their cost. Vaccination with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is also covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Whether you are, or are not not utilizing insurance, there is no cost to you!
Are there any side effects?
Side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness, and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
- General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
The Moderna vaccination is 2 doses given 28 days apart. Once you receive your first dose, you will be scheduled for your second dose before leaving Med First.
Vaccine now available at these locations:
- Chapel Hill
- Jacksonville- Marine Blvd
- James City
- New Bern
Thank you for choosing Med First, and we look forward to serving you!
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