Published on April 06, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination: What You Need to Know

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This been a year like no other. There has been a lot of suffering, and we have lost so many wonderful people to COVID-19. We haven’t been able to enjoy each other as we used to. But things are getting better – thanks in large part to the COVID-19 vaccine. What a blessing to already have safe and effective vaccines!

North Mississippi Medical Clinics is offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only on designated days at the former HealthWorks! Building, 219 S. Industrial Road, Tupelo. Schedule your appointment here.

Can anyone who wants the vaccine get it?

Currently in Mississippi, anyone age 16 or older can get the vaccine, free of charge. North Mississippi Medical Clinics is offering the vaccine at the HealthWorks! location to:

  • Anyone 16 or older who lives or works in Mississippi
  • Individuals who have not had any other vaccination within the past two weeks

Do people who have already had COVID-19 need the vaccine?

Those who have had COVID-19 definitely still need the vaccine. We just need for them not to have received the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment within the past 90 days, and we’d like for them to be 60-90 days out from their COVID-19 infection.

How does the vaccine work?

The COVID-19 vaccine works very much like other vaccines. It shows your immune system a little bit of the enemy, so that it is primed and ready should you come in contact with it later.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

The vaccine absolutely cannot give you COVID-19 infection.

How effective is the vaccine?

We are currently giving the Pfizer vaccine, and it is at least 95% effective in preventing severe disease.

How safe is the vaccine?

Through six months of follow up, there have been no serious safety concerns.

What side effects might people experience from the vaccine?

Almost all of the effects we are seeing after vaccination are actually reassuring in that they let us know the vaccine is working. Personally, after the second COVID-19 shot, I had one day of chills and aches, but I was still able to work.

If I'm not considered at high risk, why should I take the vaccine now instead of waiting?

Even if you’re not considered high-risk, you’re still at-risk, and many of your contacts are high-risk. Because COVID-19 is still finding susceptible people, people who are not immune, it is able to mutate or change into a more contagious, more deadly virus. Taking the vaccine is a way to stop COVID-19 in its tracks, to deny it the opportunity to inflict any more pain or suffering on anyone, whether high or low risk.

If I’m at least two weeks out from receiving my second COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?

Great question! The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just announced last Wednesday—people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could gather with other fully vaccinated people for Easter without wearing masks! Another great reason for everyone to get vaccinated ASAP! At this time, we are continuing to wear our masks because so many people are not yet vaccinated. Also, the vaccine isn’t 100%, so the mask is still important. It’s really a sign of love and respect for others, so we don’t mind doing it.

How do I schedule vaccination?

Just call us at 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375), or you can schedule online here.

Appointments are scheduled five minutes apart which is very convenient for groups. Just schedule your group to get the first round of shots together, then your booster will automatically be scheduled for you.

The hours vary. We have appointments available before/after work. Some of our dates include early evening slots. Just call us or go online to find the best time for you.

This is not a drive-through, it’s a walk-in by appointment, so it’s a great option for those with transportation issues. You can be dropped off then picked up at a designated time.

We have medical professionals on site, and each person will be observed for at least 15 minutes to make sure they’re okay.

I hope everyone will go ahead and get their COVID-19 vaccination and encourage others to do the same.

Taking the vaccine is a way to stop COVID-19 in its tracks, to deny it the opportunity to inflict any more pain or suffering on anyone.