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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 administers the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which is now FDA approved and marketed as Comirnaty. Both the Moderna and Pfizer 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. Patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are recommended to receive a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine 28 days after their second dose to get the best protection from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The FDA has approved and recommends a booster for eligible patients who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. A second booster is recommended for adults age 50 years or older. To see if you or a loved one are eligible, view the CDC's information about COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

Boosters for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine are available at the St. Claire Medical Pavilion (245 Flemingsburg Rd., Morehead, KY). To schedule your appointment, call 606.783.7539.

Additional Locations for Initial COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Frenchburg - Call 606.768.2191 to schedule an appointment.
    St. Claire Primary Care - Frenchburg | 732 HWY 36 | Frenchburg, KY
  • Morehead - Call 606.783.7539 to schedule your appointment.
    St. Claire Medical Pavilion | 245 Flemingsburg Rd. | Morehead, KY
  • Olive Hill - Call 606.286.4152 to schedule your appointment.
    St. Claire Primary Care - Olive Hill | 155 Bricklayer St. | Olive Hill, KY
  • Owingsville - Call 606.674.6386 to schedule your appointment.
    St. Claire Primary Care - Owingsville | 632 Slate Ave. | Owingsville, KY
  • Sandy Hook - Call 606.738.5155 to schedule your appointment.
    St. Claire Primary Care - Sandy Hook | 390 KY HWY 7S | Sandy Hook, KY

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 5 years of age and older.

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. Comirnaty (formerly referred to as Pfizer-BioNTech) is now FDA approved for use in patients 16 and older. It is approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for patients 5 to 15 years of age. The Moderna vaccine is also approved under EUA for patients 12 and older.

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.

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.

Who can get a booster?

To see if you or a loved one are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination booster, view the CDC's information about boosters.

Can I mix and match vaccines?

The EUA allows booster doses to be mixed and matched. This means you aren’t required to receive the same vaccine brand as your initial dose. For example, if you received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine initially, you can choose to receive a booster from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson. (The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is not available at St. Claire HealthCare.)

Can I get the flu vaccine and the booster together?

Yes! It’s safe to receive your COVID booster at the same time as other vaccines including the influenza (flu) or pneumonia vaccines.

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