Get the Vaccine
It is easier than ever to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Simply stop by our vaccine clinic. No appointments necessary!
We currently have Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson shots available. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 208-542-7032. Remember, it doesn’t cost you anything to get the vaccine.
Vaccines are also available at the Eastern Idaho Public Health District, doctors’ offices and pharmacies across the region.
Mountain View Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2330 Desoto Street, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
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Frequently Asked Questions
The COVID-19 vaccines are available for individuals 12 and older. People who are 18 or older may take the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 may take Pfizer’s vaccine. Individuals who are younger than 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian.
No appointments are necessary. Simply visit our COVID-19 vaccination clinic Monday through Friday any time between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. We are located at 2330 Desoto Street in Idaho Falls.
You do not have to pay anything to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccine administration fee will be billed to your insurance provider with no out-of-pocket costs to you. Simply bring your health insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card with you when you come to get vaccinated. Even if you do not have insurance, you still will not need to pay anything to get the vaccine.
Currently, booster shots are available for patients who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends booster shots for the following individuals:
- Anyone who is 65 or older
- Residents in long-term care facilities
- Individuals between the ages of 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
- People aged 18 to 64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of their line of work
- If you are trying to decide if the booster shot may be a good idea for you, please call your primary care provider.
Booster shots of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccines may also be recommended by CDC/ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) in the future if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes their use. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots are expected soon. With those data in hand, CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are encouraged for anyone who is 12 or older, including women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant or may become pregnant in the future.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from getting really sick from the virus. Unfortunately, women who are pregnant or who recently had a baby are at a higher risk for getting severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. It is important to note, there is no scientific evidence that vaccines of any type cause fertility problems in women or men.
We encourage community members to get vaccinated regardless of if they have already had COVID-19 or not. In fact, data from the clinic trials show the vaccine provides additional protection to participants who already had the virus.
You can receive the vaccine as soon as you’re fully recovered and no longer have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. However, if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you will need to wait 90 days before getting the vaccine. Please speak with your doctor if you have any questions.
The COVID-19 vaccine is still recommended, even if you’ve had allergic reactions to other vaccines in the past. If you do have a history of reactions, please let our team know as soon as you arrive at the vaccine clinic. We will talk to you about what vaccines you have reacted to in the past and talk about the benefits and the risks of the vaccination.
You can still get the COVID-19 vaccine but you will need to wait 90 days after your monoclonal antibody treatment.
You can get your COVID-19 vaccine immediately. There is no need to wait between vaccines.
If you missed the date for your second dose of the vaccine, please come in to get your shot as soon as possible.
Children and the Vaccines
Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is available for children who are 12 and older. The vaccine is not yet available for children who are younger than 12. Pfizer has submitted data to the FDA for administering the vaccine to younger children, however, we are still waiting for emergency use authorization. We will update our guidance as soon as we have additional information from the FDA.
If your child is too young to be vaccinated, encourage them to wear a mask in public when they are around people outside their household and practice good hand hygiene.
We encourage everyone over the age of 12 to be vaccinated, especially as we are starting to see more children becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
About the Vaccines
We currently have doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. They work by giving your body instructions on how to make the S protein found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. After you are vaccinated, your cells will start to produce pieces of the S protein. In turn, this causes your body to generate antibodies, which will attack the virus if you ever become infected with COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna both require two doses to reach their full effectiveness.
Johnson & Johnson is a single dose vector vaccine. It works by taking genetic material from the COVID-19 virus and placing it in a modified version of a different virus (known as the viral vector). When the viral vector gets into your cells, your immune system responds by creating antibodies and defensive white blood cells. These will protect you if you ever contract COVID-19. It is important to point out, viral vector vaccines cannot cause you to become infected with COVID-19 or the viral vector virus.
All of the vaccines have been shown to be effective in preventing people from becoming seriously ill from the virus, so the best vaccine is the vaccine that is available.
Each vaccine takes a different length of time to be effective. Both the Modern and Pfizer vaccines have been shown to provide some protection immediately after the first dose. However, for the Moderna vaccine to reach its full 94% effectiveness at preventing the virus it takes two weeks after the second dose. The second dose should be administered 28 days (or as close to it as possible) from the time of the first dose.
Similarly, Pfizer also needs two weeks after its second dose to reach its 91% effectiveness. Pfizer only requires 21 days between injections.
Johnson & Johnson is a single dose vaccine and reaches its full effectiveness (66% effective at preventing the virus with symptoms) after two weeks.
You should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing until your vaccine is fully effective.
The COVID-19 vaccines all underwent rigorous testing and large clinical trials before being made available to the public. The vaccines followed the required processes and procedures to make sure they meet the highest safety measures. No protocols were changed and no steps were skipped. Many pharmaceutical companies contributed significant resources to develop vaccines to help communities and many individuals signed up to be participate in the studies. To date, millions of doses of the vaccines have been given under the most intense safety monitoring in our nation’s history. Our medical staff recommends anyone who is 12 or older get vaccinated against COVID-19.
No. None of the vaccines contain the virus, so it is impossible for you to get COVID-19 as a result of being vaccinated.
Vaccine side effects vary person to person. Some individuals experience no side effects from taking the vaccine, while others may report feeling pain, redness or swelling at the injection site and feeling tired or experiencing muscle aches, chills or nausea. All of these side effects are normal and a sign that your body is building protection against the virus.
COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. When you come in for your second shot, you should receive the same product as your first shot.