COVID Vaccination

Vitalink Training Center is committed to serving the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most significant way to impact the community and slow the spread of the virus is to get people vaccinated. To this end, we will soon be giving COVID-19 vaccines at

Hope New Testament Church of God
6000 Kimberly Blvd
North Lauderdale FL, 33068

By appointments only
We are now accepting registrations for anyone age 18 and older, and we are working diligently to get people scheduled as more vaccines become available. Please follow instructions below to register.

Getting Vaccinated - FAQ's

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on your computer. Once complete goto our registration page and upload your intake form. Once registered one of our staff will contact you to set your appointment. 

The COVID-19 vaccine gives your immune system a preview of the coronavirus, so it learns how to stop it. It triggers antibodies in your blood to attack the virus’s unique spike protein. (Did you know, coronaviruses got their name because they have protein spikes that look like a crown?)

Your immune system learns from the vaccine how to quickly recognize the actual virus and stop it from multiplying. The idea is to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from getting into cells, replicating itself and making you sick.

Side effects are like those of other vaccines. The most common side effects are pain/redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle/joint aches and low-grade fever. The side effects respond well to Tylenol and ibuprofen. Most side effects last less than 24 hours and those ages 55 and older reporter fewer side effects.

If you are not feeling well, it is recommended that you wait until you are feeling better to get the vaccine.

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk with their doctor about the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for those ages 16 and older. Additional studies are underway to determine safety and effectiveness for younger children.

Discuss your medical condition and the vaccine with your doctor for a personalized recommendation.

If you have a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to vaccines, talk with your doctor before receiving the vaccine.

Two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are needed to provide the complete protection. The first one primes the immune system, helping it to recognize the virus, and the second one strengthens the immune response.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses three or four weeks apart, depending upon vaccine. Immunity takes some time to develop- at least two weeks after last the last injection. For example, someone vaccinated in late December won’t be fully protected until late January or early February. You should receive both doses. The vaccine’s approximately 95 percent effectiveness is based on both two doses taken by more than 78,000 clinical trial participants.

We don’t yet know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or those who are vaccinated.

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is not made with a live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, you will likely test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection or that you have been vaccinated successfully and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results and how long immunity lasts after vaccination.

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long. Experts won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until more data is available on how well it works.  

The vaccine will also better protect against variants of the virus. However, if you received antibody treatments or convalescent plasma as treatments for COVID-19, it is recommended you wait 90 days to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yes.  Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. So, until we know more, continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash or sanitize hands often and stay at least 6 feet from others.

We are following federal and state guidance on vaccine distribution. 

On Jan 21, 2021, State of Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees signed a public health advisory requiring people to prove state residency to get the COVID Vaccine. 

No. We are committed to vaccinating our communities. We will vaccinate everyone who is eligible to receive it, once we fully open our COVID Vaccine Center.

Yes. Once you register, you will be called by the call center to get your vaccine as soon as we have them available

Like most new medicines and vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines are tested for safety in large clinical trials for safety. The COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials follow these steps:

  1. Volunteers receive the vaccine
  2. The volunteers regularly check in with scientists to report any side effects or illnesses
  3. The scientists apply for Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration if the vaccine has data to support its safety and effectiveness
  4. Scientists continue to follow the volunteers for at least two years to report any long-term or rare side effects and safety concerns

There are several vaccines currently in clinical trial. Here is what you should know about their effectiveness at preventing COVID-19:

  • The Pfizer vaccine showed an almost 95 percent effective rate during clinical trials. The company received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently available in limited supply.
  • Moderna had an almost 95 percent effective rate during its trials. The vaccine is currently approved by the FDA for emergency use in limited supply.

Think of a vaccine as a way for your immune system to practice for an infection. Vaccines give the body a preview a virus or bacteria before you get the real deal. The immune system then learns and remembers how to react. This helps the body stop the virus or bacteria from making you sick if you are exposed to it.

For each vaccine study, a safety committee called the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA each have an independent group of experts who review all safety data as it comes in and provide regular updates. If a safety issue is found, immediate action takes place to find if the COVID-19 vaccine caused the issue. They then determine the best course of action.

To date there have been no serious safety concerns reported in people who have participated in the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.

That’s correct, the average vaccine takes roughly 72 months or 6 years to go from development to distribution. These factors affect the timeline:

  • Funding and resources
  • Establishing a protocol to show safety and effectiveness
  • Manufacturing
  • The vaccines developed for COVID-19 are funded by the federal government through Operation Warp Speed (OWS).
  • Clinical protocols were set by the federal government. This allows the vaccine trials to start as soon as a promising vaccine is developed.
  • Manufacturing of the vaccine began at the same time as the trials. Usually, manufacturing starts once the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine is proven.
  • Researchers had a head start
    • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are both caused by coronaviruses and are closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Vaccines were in development for both viruses. Lessons learned were applied to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC’s FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine is a great source for regularly updated answers to common questions.

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