Receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Summit County Public Health will offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Dec. 31 drive-through vaccination clinic, for individuals in Phases 1A and 1B (health care workers, first responders and Summit County residents 70 and older). Safeway and City Market pharmacies in Summit County are also offering the Moderna vaccine.

Please be prepared to wait at your vaccination location for 15 minutes after your vaccination in order to monitor for allergic reactions.

Who Shouldn't Take the Vaccine

The Moderna vaccine has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA and is considered to be highly safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 infections. This vaccine requires two doses to complete the series, spaced one month apart.

Most people 18 years and older are able to safely receive the vaccine, except those who have: 

  • Had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • Had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine

Review the list of ingredients in the Moderna vaccine.

If you have questions or concerns about your medical history as it may relate to the vaccine, contact your medical provider.

Side Effects

The most common side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine include: 

  • Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the injected arm, swelling, redness
  • General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea, vomiting, fever. Serious allergic reactions after the vaccine are rare, though for this reason, your vaccine provider may ask you to stay after your appointment for monitoring after vaccination.

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Everyone, including those who receive both doses of vaccine, should continue to follow Summit County Public Health recommendations for wearing face coverings, avoiding contact with individuals outside your household, washing hands, and physical distancing.