Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Citizens Memorial Hospital and CMH Foundation offer Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. Download the COVID-19 vaccine consent form.

A CDC computer rendering of the surface of SARS-CoV-2


Schedule Your Vaccination

If you are an existing CMH patient, log in to your CMH Patient Portal to schedule your COVID vaccination. If you are not an existing patient, Stephens Pharmacy has COVID-19 vaccines available to the general public for those who qualify. Call 417-326-6003 to schedule your appointment.

Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

  • The CDC recommends a COVID-19 bivalent vaccination for everyone 6 months and older to help protect against COVID-19. Please call your primary care clinic or Stephens Pharmacy to schedule a vaccination appointment or ask about walk-in appointments at CMH.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease, hospitalization and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing all CDC-recommended doses.
  • You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away in a few days.
  • It’s important that you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Contact your primary care provider to schedule your vaccination or call Stephens Pharmacy 417-328-2416.

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are safe. They were developed using science that has been around for decades. They are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines have received and continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Learn more about how vaccines work.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective. They can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about the different vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We recommend that you get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.

Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors. Click to read answers to frequently asked questions from the CDC.

Q: Do COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips?
A: No. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips.

Q: Can receiving a COVID-19 vaccine cause you to be magnet?
A: No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm.

Q: Do any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. shed or release any of their components?
A: No. Vaccine shedding is the term to describe the release or discharge of any of the vaccine components in or outside of the body. Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain a live virus.

Q: Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
A: Yes. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
A: No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

Q: Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
A: No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.