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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Vaccination at SRHS

Vaccination at SRHS

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System wants to keep you informed about COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Thank you for the precautions you take to protect yourself, your family and your community against COVID-19 – getting your vaccination, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands regularly. 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System encourages everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccine, along with the more than 174 million fully vaccinated Americans. Throughout our hospitals, over 90 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated, and our patients are getting younger. Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine today. If you have any questions, please read the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccine distribution

Where can I get the vaccine?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has an interactive map of vaccination locations, along with information on supply.

How can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

All South Carolinians aged 12 and up are now eligible to receive the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the following convenient Medical Group of the Carolinas practices:

Click here to complete the eligibility screener and schedule your appointment

For those who do not have computer access or need help, please call 864-577-4091 to schedule an appointment.

Who is eligible for the vaccine in South Carolina?

Spartanburg Regional is currently vaccinating all South Carolinians ages 12 and up. 

Which vaccine does Spartanburg Regional provide?

Spartanburg Regional currently has the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.

How much will the vaccine cost?

According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine. There will be no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers will cover the cost of vaccine administration. Healthcare providers may charge an office visit fee. Administrative vaccine costs for the uninsured will be covered by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

What do I need to do to prepare for my vaccine appointment?

Please bring an insurance card (if you have one), along with a mask to wear for the duration of your visit. All patients ages 12-15 must have a completed consent form signed by a parent or guardian in order to receive their vaccine.

Can I bring someone to my vaccine appointment?

Patients under 18 years old may be accompanied by one parent. If the patient is 18 or older, only the patient is allowed in the exam room. Exceptions will be made for patients needing assistance due to issues like mobility, dementia symptoms or difficulty hearing. 

Is more than one dose required for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses separated by an interval of 21 days. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses separated by 28 days. The different vaccine products are NOT interchangeable. The series of two doses must be completed with the same vaccine product, according to DHEC.

How will I know when to get my second dose?

After receiving your first shot, you will receive a paper immunization record completed at the time of vaccination. It will include the vaccine you received, date and location, and date when your next shot is needed. You will receive your second shot appointment before you leave. You can schedule your second dose by visiting SpartanburgRegional.com/Vaccine, selecting a location, and searching for an available appointment.

How will I know when to get my third dose if I am immunocompromised? 

Those with compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Who is eligible for a third dose of the vaccine?

As of Aug. 13, 2021, the CDC and DHEC recommend that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Sept. 24, 2021, the CDC and DHEC recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine for a wide range of Americans. The CDC and DHEC recommend:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

To schedule a third dose appointment, click here.

I received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, do I need a booster?

The CDC and DHEC have approved a booster of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised individuals only. They are currently reviewing the need for a booster shot of the Moderna vaccine in other instances but have not made a recommendation. 

The CDC and DHEC are currently reviewing the need for a booster shot of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in all instances, but have not made a recommendation.

How will I know when to get my third dose if I am immunocompromised?

Those with compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Do I need a physician’s order to receive the third booster shot?

A physician’s order is not necessary to receive a third dose, but the vaccination provider may ask for verbal confirmation of eligibility.

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

Vaccine information and safety

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines have been tested through clinical trials across the country that show they are both safe and effective. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has now been approved for people 16 years and older. The Pfizer vaccine will continue to be available for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of the third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), according to the FDA.

How can a safe vaccine be made so quickly?

Vaccine development typically takes many years. However, scientists began research for coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses, such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). That earlier research provided a head start for the rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

What are the temporary symptoms of the vaccine?

Any vaccine or medication can cause temporary symptoms. These are typically minor, such as a sore arm or low-grade fever, which will go away within a few days. Temporary symptoms, like fever and body aches, are an indication that the vaccine is working. 

Will people who already had COVID-19 be able to receive the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated.

However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Additionally, current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.

Should I get vaccinated if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. 

Should I get the vaccine if I have a health condition?

In general, yes, it is important for people with health conditions/comorbidities to get the vaccine. People with underlying health issues and older people are at high risk for COVID-19 complications. It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated as soon as possible.

When should I get my third booster? 

The CDC recommends the additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered at least four weeks after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised individuals.

For others who qualify, the CDC and DHEC recommend individuals receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose of the vaccine

Can you mix and match the vaccines?

For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered.

Currently, there is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine.

What are the risks of vaccinating individuals with an additional dose?

There is limited information about the risks of receiving an additional dose of vaccine, and the safety, efficacy, and benefit of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised people continues to be evaluated. So far, reactions reported after the third mRNA dose were similar to that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were the most commonly reported temporary symptoms. Overall, most symptoms were mild to moderate.

If I had COVID-19 and received monoclonal antibody therapy, does that affect my receiving the vaccine?

If you received passive antibody therapy, such as convalescent plasma, the CDC recommends waiting 90 days to avoid interaction between the therapy and the vaccine, which might reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Where is the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine available at Spartanburg Regional?

The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the following practices: 

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