COVID-19 Vaccine

NH+C offers updated COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated COVID vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months or older. Please call your clinic to schedule.

It must be two months after any last dose of the COVID vaccine.

NH+C follows CDC and MDH guidelines for COVID vaccination.


Cost of vaccination

COVID vaccine is no longer free through the government. It will be billed through insurance. Please check with your insurance to see if it is covered. Cost for the vaccine is approximately $200.

Uninsured and underinsured adults age 19 and older may receive free vaccines from federally qualified health centers, pharmacies, and other Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine providers participating in CDC’s Bridge Access Program.

Uninsured and underinsured children age 18 and younger can get vaccinated at no or low cost through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MnVFC) program. Visit Free or Low-Cost Shots for Children for more information.

Find more options through Rice County Public Health and Dakota County Public Health

NH+C recommends these resources for accurate, reliable information on COVID-19 and vaccination:

Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Who should get a COVID vaccine?

Everyone age 6 months and older should get vaccinated, and keep up to date with recommended boosters. It’s a safe and effective way to maintain immunity against severe illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID.

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Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. The science behind Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines (messenger RNA) was in development for over a decade. All the steps of research and testing were followed to establish the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. Talk with your provider if you have questions.

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What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Possible side effects are typical of what happens with other vaccines: low-grade fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, joint pain, soreness at the injection site.

Side effects are a sign that the vaccine is working: Your body is building immunity without having an actual infection or being infectious to others. (If you have no side effects, that's OK too. The vaccine is still working.)

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I’ve already had COVID. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. When someone gets COVID-19, they develop immunity against the specific variant that infected them.

COVID-19 vaccines provide the best defense against current variants, plus the best defense against any upcoming strains. Vaccines gives a clear, predictable level of protection.

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I have allergies. Should I get vaccinated?

If you have allergies so severe that you carry an EpiPen, talk with your provider and allergist about your options.

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I’m pregnant. Should I get vaccinated?

Yes. Pregnant people who get COVID are at higher risk of severe illness or death, and COVID can affect your baby’s health, plus increase your risk of premature birth or still birth. (Source: CDC) Talk with your provider if you have concerns. 

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I’m breastfeeding. Should I get vaccinated?

CDC recommends that people who are breastfeeding be vaccinated.

Many studies involving hundreds of women and their infants have been reported in the literature. No evidence suggests that receiving a vaccine against COVID is harmful to either the nursing mother or the breastfed infant. (Source: NIH)

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Does the vaccine affect fertility?

No. No vaccine affects fertility or sterility, in women or men, girls or boys. However, getting sick with COVID can affect sperm count and motility in men.

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Does my vaccine protect my loved ones?

Yes. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you.

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Where can I find more information about COVID vaccines?

Please choose reliable sources to learn the facts, so you can make an informed decision about your health – and your loved ones.

•    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(link is external)
•    CDC-recommended sources(link is external)
•    Minnesota Department of Health(link is external)

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Vaccination for children 6 months and older: Pediatrician Ben Flannery, MD

Why should my child be vaccinated?

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it. 

Children can get sick from COVID, some with long-lasting health problems.

Children also can spread COVID to others, even if they don’t have any symptoms. Vaccinating children helps break the path of virus to other family members and friends.

Having all members of your household vaccinated is the best protection for your whole family.

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How do we know it’s safe for children?

COVID vaccines have had the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in adolescents and children. (Source: CDC)

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Can my child get a COVID vaccine at the same time as other immunizations?

COVID vaccine is safe to be given at the same time as any other immunizations.

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What are the side effects?

Most people experience mild (or no) side effects. Side effects are normal signs that the body is building protection.

Your child may have pain at the injection site, some redness and swelling. Your child also may have fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever or nausea. Side effects may appear a few hours after injection and may last a few days.

You can give your child non-aspirin pain reliever (ibuprofen, Tylenol, acetaminophen) for any of these common side effects. (There’s no need to give pain relievers before your child’s injection; that medication is likely to wear off before side effects appear.)

Before getting vaccinated, we recommend having something to eat. It will keep your child’s blood sugar steady and help keep them calm, especially if they're nervous or excited.

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Vaccination and pregnancy, fertility, breastfeeding: The OB/GYNs of the Women’s Health Center

I’m pregnant. Should I get vaccinated?

Yes. If you are pregnant now, you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnancy increases the risk of severe illness, complications of pregnancy, and even death from COVID-19. Vaccination reduces that risk dramatically.  All evidence shows COVID vaccination is safe during pregnancy.

Vaccination protects your baby, too. Data indicates that vaccination during pregnancy may provide antibody protection to the newborn right after birth. If you are not vaccinated, COVID-19 infection during pregnancy raises the risk of pregnancy complications such as premature birth and stillbirth.

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I want to get pregnant soon. Should I get vaccinated now?

Yes. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated. Vaccination protects you and your loved ones. You do not need to delay getting pregnant after you get a vaccine. Vaccination will not affect your ability to get pregnant.

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I heard that vaccines can affect my fertility. Is that true?

No. COVID-19 vaccines DO NOT affect fertility. It’s distressing that many young women (and men) have latched onto misinformation that vaccines could affect their ability to have children in the future. That is a scary thought. But it simply is not true. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility. Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. That gives us confidence that vaccines using this proven technology are safe for you today and into your future.

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I’m breastfeeding. Can I get vaccinated?

Yes. If you are breastfeeding, we recommend that you get vaccinated. You can keep breastfeeding your child. When you get vaccinated, the antibodies made by your body may be passed through breastmilk, and help protect your child from the virus.

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