Garcia Medical Center is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine. We are accepting walk-ins, so you do not need an appointment. We have made the COVID-19 vaccine available to everyone, regardless of age or medical status!
If you would like to book a vaccination time, please fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get in contact with you once vaccines are available near you!
Get the facts that you need about the COVID-19 vaccine before getting your shot.
Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 is incredibly contagious. Getting the COVID-29 vaccine protects you and protects those around you.
The COVID-19 vaccine is designed to help your body develop immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19. If your body does come in contact with the virus, you’ll be protected if you’re exposed to it. You cannot get COVID-19 by getting the vaccine.
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, is it safe?
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and underwent phase 3 clinical trials. Over 30,000 people per vaccine participated in the clinical trials across diverse races, ethnicities, and age groups.
To ensure efficacy and patient safety, the vaccines have received testing across the highest possible levels.
There is no way to know how long protection will last for those who have had COVID-19, as well as those that receive COVID-19 vaccines. But what we do know is that the benefits of immunity from getting the COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh any risk of natural infection. Getting COVID-19 can cause serious illness or even death.
Getting only the vaccine is not a perfect fix for COVID-19. For the best results, even if you get the vaccine, continue practicing social distancing, mask-wearing, and diligent handwashing. This will be necessary until public health officials say otherwise.
At Garcia Medical Center, our top priority is making sure our patients stay healthy. We will continue to recommend that our patients receive the COVID-19 vaccine, practice social distancing, and wear a mask whenever they can.
What COVID-19 vaccines are currently available?
Right now, two companies have requested an Emergency Use Authorization for their vaccines. These are Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna.
Both of these vaccines are highly effective and were over 90% effective in their phase 3 trials, with limited adverse events on the patients they were tested on.
Because there are at least 10 other vaccines that have phase 3 trials going on right now, we expect that more COVID-19 vaccines will be available in the months ahead.
Scientists had conducted research into coronavirus vaccines, which made it easier to develop vaccines quickly. Previous outbreaks due to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Secure Acute Respiratory Syndrome) meant scientific research into coronavirus vaccine research had increased over fifteen years ago.
Is Garcia Medical Center offering the COVID-19 vaccines?
Yes, we are now offering the COVID-19 vaccines if you qualify. Qualification is based on state guidance and what’s available.
If you’re not sure if you qualify to receive a vaccine, visit your county’s department of health website. This will provide you with information about when and where vaccines are available.
How does the COVID-19 vaccination process work?
You will receive the COVID-19 vaccine by injection or shot. Almost all COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to work.
Your first dose will build protection against COVID-19, but you need to come back in two weeks for your second dose. If you don’t receive the second shot, there’s no guarantee you’ll be immune to the COVID-19 virus.
Click here to read a CDC guide with more information about what to expect when you receive your vaccine.