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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

River Bend Medical Associates, Inc is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to those living in our community.

As part of our mission to protect and grow the communities we serve, we are committed to health equality and enabling everyone (no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, or economic status) to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.  River Bend Medical Associates, Inc is offering a limited amount of the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine at both our South Land Park and West Sacramento locations. Our Healthcare Providers are vaccinated to protect our families and the communities we serve.

The COVID- 19 vaccine will help to protect you, your family, loved ones, and the community.  Once it’s available to you, we recommend receiving the vaccine so that we may start to move past this pandemic to better health. To aid in this effort our family practice will administer vaccinations by appointment only.

For more information on Covid-19 and the vaccine visit the CDC Covid vaccine page.  CDC Covid Vaccine Info

There is also a link to the current tiers here: Sacramento County Covid Vaccine Info

Frequently asked questions:

Question: What are the most common side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: After being vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Question: How long does protection last?

Answer: We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.

Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Question: Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I’ve received both doses of the vaccine?

Answer: Yes. To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Experts are also looking at how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

Question: If I already had COVID-19, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Answer: Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Question: If I have an underlying medical condition, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: Yes. People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Question: If I am pregnant, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: Yes. If you are pregnant, you may choose to be vaccinated when it’s available to you. There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from COVID-19 vaccination cause any problem with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.

People who are trying to become pregnant now or who plan to try in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. There is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines. There is no routine recommendation for taking a pregnancy test before you get a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision.

Question: Can I get vaccinated if I am currently sick with COVID-19?

Answer: No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.

Question: Who is paying for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for vaccine administration fees by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.​

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