Vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) is pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccines to those living in our community who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Ages 5 and Older

NFP is currently offering vaccines to those ages 5 and older. Availability of vaccine brands varies, but we are only using vaccines approved by the FDA for specific age groups.

Ages 6 months to 5 years old

NFP offers vaccines to those 6 months and older. For those in the newly qualified age group of 6 months-5-years old we will be offering the Moderna brand vaccine. That Moderna vaccine for the youngest children will require two vaccines 4 weeks apart.

To schedule a vaccine appointment, click the button below to schedule online. If you have any questions or need to schedule a COVID-19 test, call 216.281.0872.

COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccines

In accordance with the CDC guidelines and approvals, NFP offers vaccines to children 6 months and older.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Any individual 12 years old and over, is eligible for a single booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving the initial two-dose series or two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Second Booster Shots

The following individuals are eligible for a second booster, at least four months after their first booster:

  • Individuals 50 years old and over
  • Individuals 12 years old and over, with a compromised immune system
    • If there are questions about if you qualify, please contact our office or your primary care physician.

Important information regarding NFP vaccination guidelines:

  • Those under the age of 18 who are coming to NFP for a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or provide written consent from their parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine.
  • Any patient under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There is no cost for the vaccine.
  • Health insurance is NOT required for the vaccine.
  • US citizenship is NOT required for the vaccine.
  • You will receive a text/phone call confirmation when scheduling and a reminder 24 hours in advance of your appointment.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so by responding to the text message, or calling NFP at 216.281.0872.


A vaccine is a medicine that can protect you from getting sick. For example, the flu shot is a vaccine that protects you from getting the flu.

Three different COVID-19 vaccines are being made. Some require you to get two (2) shots. You will get the second shot three (3) to four (4) weeks after you receive the first one. You need to get both shots for the vaccine to work. The vaccine is available at no cost to you. There is no charge with insurance and programs are available to cover the cost if uninsured.

Talk to your doctor about what could happen when you get the COVID-19 vaccine. There are some possible side effects. For example, your arm might be sore where you get the shot (just like when you get a flu shot), and you might feel tired or have a fever after you get the shot.

As of August 23, 2021, the FDA granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and older. Individuals ages 12-15 can continue to receive the Pfizer vaccine through FDA emergency use authorization (EUA).

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still available under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

There is currently no timeline for when children under 12 years old will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Most people don’t have serious issues after being vaccinated. Common side effects are pain, redness and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. Others include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.

  • Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot.

These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.

  • Any side effects usually go away within a few days. If you experience side effects for an extended period, talk with your doctor.

It is NOT recommended to take these medicines BEFORE vaccination. However, you CAN take them AFTER getting the vaccine to relieve side effects (if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally).

There is a possibility that those who have received two doses of a vaccine may need to have another dose somewhere between 6 and 12-months but this is still to be confirmed. Just how long the antibodies the vaccines help your body produce last is still being studied. Both Moderna and Pfizer are conducting testing to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccines to boost immunity against variants of the COVID-19 virus.

While COVID-19 vaccines have been developed rapidly, all steps have been taken to ensure their safety and effectiveness. In the U.S., the FDA and CDC continue to monitor vaccine safety to make sure even long-term side effects are identified. The studies will also focus on how long immunity lasts from the vaccines.

Effective April 23, 2021, the CDC and FDA have recommended that use of the J & J vaccine resume in the U.S. following a review of all available data at this time that shows the J & J vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks. However, women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer) are available where this risk has not been seen.

  • Use of the J & J vaccine had been suspended due to the rare and serious event of blood clots with low platelets. This event occurred at a rate of about 7 per 1 million vaccinated women between 18 and 49 years old. For women 50 years and older and men of all ages, this adverse event is even more rare.

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Neighborhood Family Practice is committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees and the community. COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and we are working closely with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Ohio Department of Health. Staff at our medical centers regularly drill using various disaster scenarios including detection of infectious diseases, and have been advised about the CDC protocols to be used with this coronavirus. Additionally, as in all cases of emerging infectious diseases, the CDD’s recommendations could change, so we are monitoring and following them closely.