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COVID-19 Vaccines

While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. If you get sick, you also may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

Vaccine Availability

St. Claire HealthCare is now offering vaccine appointments for Kentucky residents 12 and older. Schedule your vaccine appointment by calling 606.783.7539. Our scheduling team is available 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should receive the COVID vaccine?

We recommend everyone receive a COVID vaccination, even if you've already contracted the virus. We know how critical this vaccine is to the health of our community and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure everyone who needs or wants to be vaccinated has that opportunity as soon as possible. The vaccine is approved for patients 12 years of age and older.

How effective is the vaccine?

St. Claire HealthCare administers the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Both vaccines require a second dose to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. A second dose will be administered at least 28 days after your first dose of the Moderna vaccine and 21 days after the Pfizer vaccine.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Is the vaccine safe?

St. Claire HealthCare's medical staff are so confident in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine that they voted with overwhelming support to make the vaccination an expectation for all physicians.

It is the U.S. vaccine safety system’s job to make sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety has been a top priority while federal partners have worked to make COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the United States.

The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of individuals, who volunteered to be vaccinated and to participate in clinical trials. The information from these clinical trials allowed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. These clinical trials were conducted according to rigorous standards set forth by FDA.

FDA has determined that the newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines meet its safety and effectiveness standards. Therefore, FDA has made these vaccines available for use in the United States under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization.

What are the possible side effects?

Some people can experience mild side effects from some vaccines, such as soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever, but they dissipate quickly. According to WHO, serious side effects from vaccines rarely occur. In fact, many adverse effects are so rare that their risk cannot be accurately assessed statistically.

How do you determine who gets vaccinated first?

St. Claire HealthCare is following the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s phased approach to vaccinations.

Will I be charged for the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available at no cost to you. We will bill an administration fee to your insurer or our uninsured fund.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your primary care provider.