We currently have both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in stock. A second booster dose was recently approved for adults ages 50 years and older. Please let us know if you have any questions about the COVID vaccine.
Appointments are currently AVAILABLE.
We currently have BOTH Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available. Appointments are available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Second booster doses have recently been approved for adults 50 years and older. Please let us know if you have any questions about COVID-19 vaccines or if you need assistance locating a dose.
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Hawthorne COVID Booster Clinic
We will be at Hawthorne on Thursday, May 12th from 9AM to 12PM in the Lemon Lime Room to administer Moderna and Pfizer boosters to eligible patients
Pfizer and moderna vaccines
How do mRNA vaccines work?
Conventional vaccines like influenza, shingles, and pneumonia vaccines usually contain either an inactivated portion of a virus, a live viral vector, a protein subunit, or a virus-like particle. These are all considered antigens, which are recognized by the body as an infectious agent. By doing so, these vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to fight the infectious agent and be ready to provide a more rapid response if exposed to it again in the future.
Unlike normal vaccines, an mRNA vaccine works by using your body’s existing machinery: the cell’s processes of making DNA, RNA, and eventually proteins! Rather than injecting a protein into the body, the vaccine inserts a messenger RNA (mRNA) sequence (the genetic sequence that contains directions for what molecules to build) which is coded to produce only a fragment of the disease-specific antigen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Once produced within the body, the antigen will be recognized by your immune system, preparing it to fight the real virus if it is exposed to it in the future, without causing the actual disease. The body does this by making their own proteins, called antibodies, that can neutralize the antigen and the real virus if you ever get infected. Your body will also make memory cells that can produce antibodies at a much faster rate during future exposures.
Each person will require two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Two doses allows your body the chance to produce more immune-system barriers against the virus.