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COVID-19 Vaccines

Safe. Effective. Available. Find out what you need to know about the vaccine.

How to Get Vaccinated

Today, most Americans ages 6 months and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people who are pregnant, have allergies, or are immunocompromised.

We now offer vaccines for people ages 6 months and older at many locations throughout our community - both as a primary series and as a booster.

Our patients can also get the vaccine at nearly all of our employed doctor's offices, including Rochester Regional Health Pediatrics, Primary Care, OBGYN and Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology locations.

When any updated COVID vaccine recommendations are released, check to see if you are affected based on your age, when you received your last shot, or any relevant health conditions.

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Addressing Questions: What to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

With information and misinformation abundant online, we took the time to bring some of the most common questions about the vaccine to our expert doctors and researchers.

These are their answers that are backed by the most current science.

“The Vaccines Are New”

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“Are the vaccines safe…

“I don’t need the vaccine because…

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“Do the vaccines actually work?”

Wondering how to talk with your doctor about the vaccine?

Here are a few ways to start:

  • Ask them why they got vaccinated
    Getting insight into your doctor’s decision-making process can be helpful and establishes some common ground.
  • Ask them why they think you should get vaccinated
    Your doctor knows your health history better than most.
  • Share your frustrations
    We are living in a global pandemic and a lot of people are sharing their thoughts and opinions about it. That can be overwhelming. Tell your doctor about those frustrations; it will help you both.
  • Be honest
    Your doctor is there to listen to your concerns – big and small. If you are straightforward with them, they will be too.
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Some families and close friend groups have different views on the COVID-19 vaccine

If you are concerned about someone not being vaccinated, here are some suggestions on talking about it:

  • Listen to the person’s concerns
    Hear the other person out. Making them feel heard and jumping straight to correcting them is an important part of a healthy dialogue.
  • Don’t assume you already know their exact position
    The person may not have the same information as you. If you focus too much on an idea you think they believe, the myth may become more memorable than the facts.
  • Bring an expert
    If you have a medical professional who is part of the family or friend group, ask if they would be comfortable being involved in the conversation. This brings both expertise and familiarity.
  • The power of “I don’t know”
    Admitting you don’t have all the answers is not a weakness. It is better to defer to someone with more expertise than say something you are unsure about for the sake of winning an argument.
  • Point them their own doctor
    Building on a trusted healthcare-focused relationship can be a good thing for both the doctor and your friend/family member.
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