COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine availability is increasing

Is there a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines generally authorized for emergency use are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine.

How do vaccines work?

Germs are all around us, both in the environment and in our bodies. When a person who is susceptible encounters a harmful organism, it can lead to disease and death. Newer vaccines contain the blueprint for producing antigens rather than containing the antigen itself.

What is an Antigen?

Vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of the particular organism (antigen) that trigger an immune response within the body. The vaccine may contain the antigen itself or the blueprint for your body to produce it. This weakened version will not cause disease but will prompt your immune system to react as it would to the actual pathogen.

When can I get COVID-19 vaccinated?

Phase 1

You will get Covid-19 vaccine if you are:

  1. A healthcare worker is likely to be exposed to COVID-19, especially if you treat people with COVID-19
  2. At increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, especially if you have underlying medical conditions, or are 65 years of age or older
  3. A vulnerable, frontline worker

As the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine increases, Texas will expand vaccination beyond Phase 1 to emphasize fair and impartial access for all populations.

Because individual states are managing vaccine rollout, phase definitions will vary. You can see that some of Texas’s Phase 1 definition overlaps with Phase 2 descriptions.

Phase 2

  • Individuals with 2+ co-morbid conditions who are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
  • Early education, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health workers
  • Adults 65+
  • Individuals with one co-morbid condition

Phase 3

Is everybody else! By Phase 3, the general population will be able to be vaccinated, hopefully by April to June 2021 but this depends on the production.

Where can I get my vaccine?

In the meantime, learn what you can, keep safely wearing your mask and distancing, and avoid crowd situations, especially indoors! Vedas Medical Spa and Woodlands Functional Family Medicine are available for drive-up Covid-19 testing in our parking lot. You don’t need an appointment, but come between 9:00 and 5:00 weekdays and call us at 281-298-5476 when you pull up outside.

If you have medical insurance, you will only pay a co-pay for testing. If you are uninsured, you will pay fee-for-service: PCR test, $125; Antibody and Rapid Antigen tests, $110 each.

For other services, call for your free consultation with Dr. Nangrani and our Spa Director.

Vedas Medical Spa & Wellness Center is minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway) in The Woodlands. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sources: World Health Organization (WHO)Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

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