COVID-19 Vaccine Information & FAQs
Find information, receive updates, and see where you can get vaccinated.
AFM is no longer offering the COVID-19 vaccine to continue our focus on caring for our patients. We continue to be a resource for your COVID-19 questions or concerns. Call your office for more information.
Interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
Here’s what to do:
- Sign up for appointments through Larimer County Public Health or Weld County Public Health
- Make sure you have a My Health Connection account. If you do not have an account, create one here.
- Contact your Local Public Health Agencies with COVID-19 questions.
- Check where you can get vaccinated across the state
COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan
All COVID-19 vaccinations at AFM must follow the distribution guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The CDPHE has designed a three-phase distribution approach that is based on federal guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These guidelines ensure equitable and transparent vaccine distribution without discrimination based on race, color, gender, or ability to pay.
Highest-risk health care workers and individuals:
Phase 1B.1 (COMPLETE)
Phase 1B.2 (COMPLETE)
Phase 1B.3 (IN PROGRESS)
Phase 1B.4 (IN PROGRESS)
*See more information here.
Comparing the different COVID-19 vaccine options
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for three COVID-19 vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen viral vector COVID-19 vaccine. See how the three vaccines compare to one another below, and stay up-to-date on other vaccine clinical trials and options.
|Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine||Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine||Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine|
|Type of Vaccine||mRNA||mRNA||Viral Vector|
|Administration||2 doses, 21 days apart||2 doses, 28 days apart||1 dose|
|Efficacy||52% effective after the first dose||80% effective after the first dose||66% effective 28 days after the first dose|
|95% effective after both doses||94.5% effective after both doses||No second dose|
|Approved For Ages||16 years old +||18 years old +||18 years old +|
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
When can I get the vaccine?
Which vaccine should I get?
Where will I get my vaccine from?
The majority of early Phase 1 recipients receive a vaccine through their employer, local public health agency, or through the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program.
If you receive an invitation for vaccination from other community partners, like UCHealth or your local public health agency, before you receive an invitation from AFM, we recommend you make the appointment. See information on UCHealth’s efforts to vaccinate our community.
For additional questions about where you can receive the vaccine or who to contact in your community, call COHELP (1-877-462-2911).
What is the cost of the vaccine?
How are the emergency use authorized COVID-19 vaccines different?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are an mRNA vaccine with two doses.
They all are extremely adequate at preventing hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19, an important step in ending the pandemic.
What are the ingredients in the emergency use authorized vaccines?
Pfizer: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose
Moderna: Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose
Johnson & Johnson: Replication-incompetent adenovirus vector expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and a variety of salts, buffers, and sugars that help stabilize it (citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dehydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid).
When will I be protected after receiving a vaccine?
Pfizer: has reported that their vaccine is 95% efficacy 14 days after the second dose (35 days after receiving the first dose)
Moderna has reported that their vaccine is 94.5% effective 14 days after the second dose (42 days after receiving the first dose)
Johnson & Johnson: has reported that their vaccine is approximately 66% effective (up to 72% effective in the United States) 28 days after the first dose.
Can I get COVID-19 from the emergency use authorized vaccines?
How will I be notified when I am able to receive the vaccine?
If you receive your vaccine from AFM, you will either receive a call or a MyHealth Connection message to schedule your vaccine appointment.
If you get your vaccine elsewhere, they may call, email or text you for notification.
Can I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
The COVID-19 vaccine should not be given simultaneously with any other vaccines during pregnancy. Wait a minimum of 14 days before and after the administration of other vaccines before getting the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, see CDPHE’s Pregnancy and breastfeeding FAQ.
Can I still get the vaccine if I have a weakened immune system (due to illness or medication) or an autoimmune condition?
Can I get the vaccine if I have a history of allergic reactions?
Should I get the vaccine if I have had COVID-19 and recovered?
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
The process of building immunity can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. Other routine vaccines, like the flu vaccine, have similar side effects.
If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for full protection.
When will I be protected after getting the vaccine?
Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others. So it is important to continue taking precautions. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing until it is clear that it is safe to stop.
Pfizer and Moderna have reported that their vaccines are about 95% effective. Johnson & Johnson has reported that their vaccine is about 77% effective
Do I still have to wear a mask and social distance after receiving the vaccine?
Current research suggests that it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others. So it is important to continue taking precautions. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing until it is clear that it is safe to stop.
Colorado has not announced an end date for the statewide mask mandate, so masks must still be worn in public enclosed places.
How do mRNA vaccines work?
An antibody is a protein produced by your immune system that can recognize a specific type of virus in your body. When you get infected, your body’s antibodies are able to recognize proteins on the surface of the COVID-19 virus to attack and stop it from replicating in your body.
For a visual explanation of how mRNA vaccines work, watch Stat’s video “What are mRNA vaccines?”
To learn more, visit the CDC’s Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work.
Will an mRNA vaccine alter my DNA?
To learn more, visit the CDC’s Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work.
What is a viral vector vaccine?
Will the vaccine protect me from the new variants of the virus?
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am on antibiotics?
Do I have to quarantine if I have been exposed to COVID-19 after vaccination?
- Are fully vaccinated (has received both doses and it’s been 2 weeks following administration of the second dose in a 2-dose series)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
If you have been given a quarantine order in Larimer County and you are fully vaccinated, please complete this form so they can follow-up.