COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health website is a great resource and has the most up-to-date information about the vaccine and distribution in the county.

General questions

Q. Who is eligible?

A: Vaccine appointments are currently available for:

  • 18 and older for those receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
  • 12 and older for those receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

For more information, visit the Maricopa County COVID-19 Vaccine page.

Q. How is the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed?

A: Vaccines are currently offered:

  • By appointment only at sites across Maricopa County
  • To most long-term care facilities through the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for their staff and residents
  • By appointment only at select pharmacies

Q. Is there a cost for the vaccine?

A: No, there is not a cost for the vaccine. However, you will enter your insurance or Medicare information during the scheduling process, as insurance or Medicare will be billed an administration fee. If you do not have insurance, the Health Resources and Services Administration, a government organization, will be billed for your administration fee.

Q. Is the vaccine safe?

A: Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines must go through a rigorous and multi-step testing and approval process before they can be used. To get an Emergency Use Authorization, developers of a vaccine must provide a large amount of data on its safety and effectiveness to meet the rigorous standards set by the FDA. Even after a vaccine is authorized for use, there are safety monitoring systems in place by the CDC and FDA to allow for continued monitoring of the safety of the vaccine.

Q. What are the side effects?

A: Side effects that have been reported for the COVID-19 vaccines are like those of other vaccines including joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, fever greater than 100.4, chills and headache.

Q. Are there any health-related issues that may impact my ability to get a vaccine?

A: Prior to scheduling your appointment, please discuss with your personal healthcare provider if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have an immunocompromising condition
  • Had a COVID-19 infection in the last 90 days
  • Are currently sick with COVID-19 (COVID-19 vaccination should not be given if currently symptomatic or you are in your isolation period).

Q. Should I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve received another vaccine (such as the flu vaccine) recently?

A: It is not recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of another vaccine. However, there may be special circumstances where the potential benefits outweigh the potential unknown risks, and it’s recommended that you contact your healthcare provider to discuss.

Q. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

A: No, none of the authorized and recommended vaccines or vaccines currently in development contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. For more information on this topic, visit this CDC information page.

Q. Who should not get the vaccine? What if I have severe allergies?

A: For guidance on allergic reactions and who should not get the vaccine, please visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health site, under Vaccine Safety.

Q. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus and recovered?

A: Yes, but there may be limitations if you have received specific treatments for COVID-19. For more information on this topic, visit this CDC information page.

Q. Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests?

A: No, these vaccines will not cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. For more information on this topic, visit this CDC information page.

Q. Does this mean I can get back to normal life?

A: It will still be several months before enough people have immunity (either from a vaccine or past infection) before we can get back to normal life. Read the current CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people.