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Yes, the vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people and have passed safety requirements in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials. For more information, visit the trustworthy sources below for in-depth and accurate information about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
At this time, Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those aged 12 and up.
The Moderna and J&J vaccines have only been authorized to vaccinate those ages 18 and up.
People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision. While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines.
No data is available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on breastfed infants or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.
The ingredients used in the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are simple. They contain mRNA, as well as lipids to ensure safe delivery of the mRNA that will initiate an immune response. Although FDA approved adjuvants (aluminum salts) and preservatives (ethlymercury) have a history of safe use in vaccines, they were not used by Pfizer and Moderna in this vaccine technology. Additionally, the vaccines do not include fetal tissue.
Among vaccine recipients during the Pfizer clinical trials, 8.8% reported experiencing any reaction they considered to interfere with daily activity; the most common symptoms were fatigue (4.2%), headache (2.4%), muscle pain (1.8%), chills (1.7%), and injection site pain (1.4%). Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.Among vaccine recipients during the Moderna clinical trials, 9.1% reported local injection site reaction and 16.5% reported side effects with the most common being including fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches and pains.Additionally, no specific safety concerns were identified for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in subgroup analyses by age, race, ethnicity, underlying medical conditions, or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for those age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been approved for those 18 and older.The vaccines are not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. For information on vaccine components, refer to the manufacturers’ package inserts from Pfizer and Moderna.
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
The adverse events to the J&J vaccine appear to be extremely rare. Six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals occurred after receiving the J&J vaccine. These adverse events appear to be extremely rare. Nearly seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far, and only six persons developed this rare disorder. All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Patients with other clinical questions should contact their health care provider or call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.
In response to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and improvements in local case, hospitalization and vaccination rates, the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order expires Friday, May 14 at noon.
As of May 14 at noon, the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order will no longer be in place. Masks will no longer be required indoors or outdoors unless a business, organization, or event chooses to continue to require them.
However, in accordance with CDC guidance, anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions such as wearing a well-fitted mask in public, staying six feet or more from those they don't live with and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
The Mid-America Regional Council has produced a guide to help businesses return to work safely. Additional information on protecting businesses and employees is available on the CDC website.
Please visit our School Guidance page for the latest updates and recommendations from public health.
Clay County populations are vulnerable to pandemics, outbreaks of novel communicable diseases, bioterrorist attacks, chemical incidents and natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, severe weather and earthquakes. Please call 816-595-4200 for more information.
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The Clay County Public Health Center does not have a mold ordinance. It is recommended that you visit the EPA or the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services for
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services keeps a list of licensed installers and soil evaluators.
No. Per CDC guidance, schools that are already open may remain open, as long as the rate of in-school transmission remains low and mitigation measures are fully and consistently implemented.
No. Most sports teams have been successful in participating in competition while keeping the number of cases low. We have appreciated the quick response and partnership when cases do occur and believe that sports may continue as long as we work together.
Social distancing of at least six feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends that schools “space seating/desks at least six feet apart when feasible.” It is recognized that this is not always feasible and a distance of at least three feet between students, with required masking, can also partially reduce transmission.
Most studies did not specify the number of days in which school was on-site. One study specified the schools were in hybrid learning mode, but many others did not specify this. Our local data is based on two days per week.
Yes, the dashboard will be updated to reflect 7-day intervals. Positivity rate may no longer be an accurate indicator of disease in the community with the increase in test accessibility and types. With decreased demand for testing, the positivity rate is reflecting nonrandom, voluntary testing by a select group of people (rather than representative of the community).
At the time, Clay County Public Health Center did not have local, school-based data to support this protocol. However, after evaluation of data collected from the Fall 2020 semester, CCPHC now feels confident in adopting this guidance.
Previously, due to limited supply, COVID-19 vaccines were distributed in priority phases. As of May 12, every Missourian 12 years and older* can receive a COVID vaccine.
*Please note that 12-17 year olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.
Many different kinds of organizations have qualified to be vaccinators in Missouri. These include hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, large employers and more. You may also wish to check with your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or employer to see if they plan to offer the vaccine at any point.
You can visit our Where to Get Vaccinated page for a list of local options and how to sign up.
Yes, Clay County Public Health Center began the vaccination of local health care workers on Monday, Jan. 11 in our own clinic. You can make an appointment with our clinic, as slots are available, on our Where to Get Vaccinated page.
CCPHC was also a part of Operation Safe, a community effort to vaccinate Missourians at a clinic at Cerner's North Kansas City campus.
Getting a COVID vaccine is FREE for everyone.
No person can be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine providers may charge an administration fee to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, if have any of those. If you do not have any of those, you are still able to get vaccinated for free.
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Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts.
Please see CDC's guidance for When You've Been Fully Vaccinated.
If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks since your final dose), you do not have to quarantine after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You must have also been vaccinated within the last three months and show no symptoms.
When You've Been Fully Vaccinated (CDC)
Yes. The vaccine was highly effective in studies but not 100% effective. Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or be able to spread the virus to others. Until we know more, it is important to continue taking precautions, like wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, even after you have been vaccinated.
The COVID vaccines that are currently available both require two doses of the vaccine. Even after receiving your second dose, you will not be immediately protected from COVID-19. Studies show that it takes about one to two weeks after your last dose for your body to be able to protect itself against illness.
Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others so it is important to continue taking precautions. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing until it is clear that it is safe to stop.
If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your first dose, it is very important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected in the future.
It is also very important that you receive the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine on time. The time frame between the vaccine’s first and second dose is determined by the companies producing the vaccine to maximize your body’s ability to create antibodies against the virus. Many vaccinators will go ahead and schedule your appointment for your second dose while making your first appointment or during your appointment.
Getting more than one dose for a vaccine is not unusual. In fact, it’s the norm. Many routine vaccines require more than one dose for maximum protection.
We don’t know yet – researchers will continue to collect data on study participants to determine if immunity decreases over time and if repeat vaccination is necessary.
If you have symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccine, these symptoms do not mean you have gotten COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. For more information about symptoms after receiving the vaccine you can view the CDC’s What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet.
This term describes when enough people have protection - either because they’ve already had the disease or they’ve been vaccinated - it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread between people in a community and cause outbreaks of disease.
Public health experts are still learning about what percentage of a community would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19. The percentage needed to reach herd immunity varies by disease.
Our clinic hours are currently by appointment only. We schedule appointments on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can make an appointment by calling 816-595-426.
Please call 816-595-4261, and a nurse will get you set up with an appointment.
We no longer accept insurance and self-pay fees will apply at the time of your visit. However, no one is denied services due to inability to pay. Call 816-595-4261 for additional details or any questions you may have.
Please bring your photo ID, Medicaid card, if you have one, and some form of payment. Also make sure you do not go to the bathroom one hour before your appointment so we can get accurate test results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
It is a very good idea to get tested; however, it is important to wait three weeks to get the most accurate results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
No experience is necessary as we have opportunities where no experience is required, and we will train you for your position. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.
We need volunteers periodically throughout the year. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like depending on what your schedule will allow. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.