COVID-19 Vaccine Information
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution at Community Health Alliance
Your COVID-19 vaccine clinic was organized so well, and everyone who assisted me were pleasant, professional and seemed to really enjoy helping the community. – Susie
Community Health Alliance is providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients and non-patients in the following ways:
- Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for patients and non-patients over the age of 12 as long as a parent or legal guardian is present
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine for people who are 18 years of age or older
- Third Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (see below for details)
If you do not have access to a computer or need an UBER voucher to get your COVID-19 vaccine, please call our Wells Ave. Health Center pharmacy at (775) 336-3035.
Third COVID-19 Dose for the Immunocompromised
Community Health Alliance is providing the third COVID-19 vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and meet certain criteria outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Those eligible include people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
We advise that people should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine
Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.
People who have received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Here is the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Fact Sheet for recipients and caregivers.
What to Expect
We ask that you wear a mask and bring the following to your appointment:
- Insurance card and Medicare red, white and blue card (if applicable)
- Clothing with easy access to your arm
- Your CDC vaccine card from your first appointment (if applicable)
- Completed Vaccine Informed Consent Form (COVID) – English | Spanish
- If you are unable to print the form and complete it prior to your appointment, you will have the opportunity to fill it out on-site
After registering for an appointment online with Community Health Alliance, you will receive a confirmation text message or email to remind you of your appointment. You will also receive status updates on where you are in the queue on the day of your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment, we ask you to cancel 24 hours in advance so that we can fill your spot accordingly.
When you receive your vaccine, our team of medical providers will ask you to wait a minimum of 10 minutes to observe for any immediate reactions to the vaccine.
After you receive your first dose with Community Health Alliance, we will reschedule your second dose three weeks from your first dose. It is highly recommended that you make this appointment and time a priority as you will not be guaranteed a second dose on another date.
You are not advised to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You are ill at the time of your vaccination
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- You have had anaphylaxis to the COVID-19 vaccine
V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
After your first vaccine, we recommend that you get started with CDC’s V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker, a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins.
COVID-19 Vaccine Types
Learn more about the three vaccine types available at Community Health Alliance:
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Please visit the Regional Information Center’s website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information – including who the vaccine is currently available for in Washoe County and vaccine safety questions.