TAMPA, FL — Adults have a chance to receive the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine at pop-up clinics throughout Tampa Friday through Sunday.

Adults 18 and older can receive the Johnson & Johnson shot. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The following locations are providing the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Centennial Park, 1800 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa

Sunday, April 11

  • Hyde Park, 702 S. Albany Ave., Tampa

Remember to bring proof that you are a Florida resident, and proper ID. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health.

Vaccine Myths Vs. Facts

Many Hillsborough County residents are rolling up their sleeves and showing off their "I Got Vaccinated" stickers. Yet some residents still have lingering concerns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health share common myths and facts.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make you sick with the coronavirus?

According to the CDC, the answer is no.

None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines teach the immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Some common side effects from the vaccine can be pain, redness and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.

Health experts say that if you experience any of these side effects, they should last only a few days.

Can you get coronavirus after getting the vaccine?

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means that it is possible for a person to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or even after vaccination and still get sick.

Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

If you have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do you still need to get vaccinated?

Health experts say that you should be vaccinated even if 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, it is possible you could be infected with the virus 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 of what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you would like to have a baby one day?

According to the CDC, yes.

If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you are safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccinations cause any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.

In addition, there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including ones for COVID-19.

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA?

No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

There are two types of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for use in the United States: messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and viral vector vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, which teach the cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where DNA is kept.

Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different, harmless virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to the cells to start building protection. The instructions are delivered in the form of genetic material. This material does not integrate into a person's DNA.

At the end of the process, the body learns how to protect itself against future infection from COVID-19. That immune response and the antibodies that bodies make protect people from getting infected if the real virus enters the body.

For more COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts, visit the CDC and BayCare Health System websites.

Learn more about vaccine options in Hillsborough County.



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