Frequently Asked Questions

Operation Safe Vaccination Clinic Questions

Who is currently eligible to receive a vaccine with Operation Safe?


At this time, Operation Safe is able to vaccinate any Missouri resident 16 years and older.




How do I schedule my appointment?


At this time, Missouri residents are encouraged to complete Operation Safe's Vaccine Interest Form. Operation Safe will contact you to schedule an appointment for your vaccine. We will contact you to schedule your appointment using the information you provided on your vaccination interest form, which may be by email, text or phone.




What should I wear?


Short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that can roll up to the shoulder. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participants must wear a surgical level-1 (paper) face mask. Masks will be available at the clinic if needed. Cloth masks are not allowed. (N95s are NOT required)




What do I need to bring?


Please bring a surgical level-1 (paper) face mask (N95s are NOT required). Masks will be available at the clinic if needed. Cloth masks are not allowed.




Where do I need to go?


The Operation Safe Vaccination Clinic is located on the Cerner Campus at 2951 Rock Creek Parkway, North Kansas City, Missouri. View a map and directions here.

Free valet parking and wheelchair assistance will be available for individuals who have mobility impairments.




How long will it take?


Allow 30-45 minutes for your appointment, including 15-30 minutes of observation time after your vaccine.

Please do not arrive more than 20 minutes before your appointment time.




What if there are extra doses at the end of a clinic?


Due to "no-shows" and the incredible work of our pharmacy team, Operation Safe occasionally has a small number of vaccine doses remaining at the end of the day. To avoid wasting even a single dose, we often send automated phone calls and text messages to the next eligible individuals on our waiting list before closing. We ask people to come within 30 minutes. Extra doses are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no guarantee of a dose in this instance. If the individuals contacted are unable to attend or all doses have been administered when they arrive, they will be the first to be contacted about scheduling an appointment for our next clinic day.




What types of vaccine does Operation Safe give? Can I choose?


Operation Safe's earlier clinics administered Moderna. Our current first-dose clinics are Pfizer. You can view which event is administering which type on our Events page. We are unable to accomodate requests for a different vaccine during your appointment. All available types are safe and effective so please take advantage of whichever you are offered first.





Post Vaccination Questions

When can I get my second dose of vaccine?


Timing for your second dose depends on which vaccine you received. If you initially received the Pfizer vaccine, Operation Safe can administer the second dose of Pfizer no earlier than 17 days after your first dose. If you initially received the Moderna vaccine, Operation Safe can administer the second dose of Moderna no earlier than 24 days after the first dose. You must receive both doses from the same manufacturer.

Both vaccines can be administered beyond the recommended timeframe; however, it is important that you stay as close to the recommended interval as possible. Operation Safe will contact you to schedule your appointment for a second-dose clinic in the recommended range.

While there is a window for when you can get your second dose, please make every effort to attend on the dates that Operation Safe recommends. First and second doses are ordered as a matched set. The supply you received your first dose from has a matched dose as part of the second-dose clinic we invite you to. If you deviate from this, you jeopardize other people’s opportunity to be vaccinated in a timely fashion. Additionally, Operation Safe cannot guarantee that we’ll have vaccine from the manufacturer you need if you miss your second dose clinic. You would then need to find another location for your second dose.




Will I still be protected if I only get one dose? Why is important to get the second dose?


It is very important to get both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected in the future.

It is also very important that you receive the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine on time. The time frame between the vaccine’s first and second dose is determined by the companies producing the vaccine to maximize your body’s ability to create antibodies against the virus.




Can I stop wearing a mask and following public health protocols if I am vaccinated?


While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Avoid crowds

  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces

  • Wash your hands often

Read CDC's current guidance for When You've Been Fully Vaccinated, which includes guidelines for gathering with other vaccinated or unvaccinated people and guarantine guidance.




After getting vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine after possible exposures?


Please consult your physician.




Can I still spread COVID after being vaccinated?


According to the CDC, at this time, we do not know if COVID-19 vaccination will have any effect on preventing transmission. Some people can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 but remain asymptomatic.




How long will it take for me to be immune to COVID-19?


The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Even after receiving your second dose, you will not be immediately protected from COVID-19. Studies show that it takes about one to two weeks after your last dose for your body to be able to protect itself against illness.

Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others so it is important to continue taking precautions. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing until it is safe to stop.




If I get symptoms shortly after I’ve been vaccinated, should I get tested?


If you have symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccine, these symptoms do not mean you got COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. For more information visit the CDC’s What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet. You will also receive information to take home with you when you receive your vaccine at our clinic.




What if I lose my CDC vaccination card that I received when I got my first shot?


When you receive your 2nd dose at Operation Safe, we will provide you with a new card.




I didn’t receive my first dose at Operation Safe. Can Operation Safe give me a second dose?


We encourage you to return to the location where you received your first dose. First and second doses are ordered as a matched set. The supply you received your first dose from has a matched dose as part of the second-dose clinic. If you deviate from this, you may jeopardize other people’s opportunity to be vaccinated in a timely fashion. Please contact the location from which you received your first dose to see if they can provide the second dose.

If they cannot provide you with a second dose, please complete this form. Operation Safe is working with ComeBack KC and other Kansas City area vaccinators on mismatched second doses. If Operation Safe has extra doses available at the end of a second dose clinic, we will use the information from the form to call or text you to come to the Operation Safe clinic as soon as possible. Extra doses are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no guarantee of a dose in this instance.





General Vaccine Questions

How will I know when it’s my turn to be vaccinated?


Operation Safe will contact eligible adults who have completed the Operation Safe Interest Form when an appointment is available. Most will be contacted to schedule an appointment via the email address provided. Alternately, some may receive text messages. Please be sure to regularly check your email spam folder and your inbox. If you requested to be contacted by phone, an Operation Safe will contact you when an appointment is available.

Please remember, you may not be contacted for an appointment immediately. We ask for your patience as we work to vaccinate thousands in our area. Local providers, including those in Operation Safe, do not have the ability to order more vaccines than the allotment.




Can children receive the vaccine?


The Moderna vaccine is only approved for those ages 18 and up. Teens aged 16 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine clinical trials for children are currently in progress.




Is it safe to get vaccinated if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?


If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your options with your healthcare provider.




Should I get a COVID vaccine if I've had COVID?


COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for those who have recovered from COVID-19, provided your symptoms are gone and it has been at least 10 days since a positive test.




Who should NOT get the vaccine?


You should not get a COVID-19 vaccine if:

  • You received any other vaccines in the past 14 days, including the vaccines for the flu, shingles, pneumovax or tetanus. You tested positive or had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. You received monoclonal antibody therapy or convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in the past 90 days. You currently have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19. You have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any ingredient in the COVID-19 vaccine.




Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?


No. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine does not contain SARS-CoV-2 and cannot give you COVID-19.




What ingredients are used in the vaccines?


Pfizer-BioNtech

Moderna




How was the vaccine developed so quickly?


In developing a vaccine for COVID-19, researchers had to work quickly, but not at the risk of anyone’s safety. Researchers did not cut any corners or skip any steps. Safety and effectiveness were the top priorities. The accelerated timeline for developing COVID-19 vaccines was possible for several reasons: Researchers were able to use years of previous research in other viruses and vaccines to help inform a vaccine development process for COVID-19. Everyone involved dedicated all their resources and time to developing a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and philanthropic organizations. Many governments around the world, including the U.S. government, and private funders invested in the vaccine, which allowed pharmaceutical companies to focus on research and clinical trials instead of fundraising, one of the most time-consuming parts of vaccine development. Finally, because of the financial support, researchers were able to conduct different parts of the development process on parallel tracks instead of one after another. Usually, each phase in a clinical trial ends before the next phase begins, with several months to a year or more in between each phase. Vaccine developers use this time to plan and raise money. Because of the emergency presented by the pandemic, researchers developed the vaccines on parallel tracks, meaning that they completed the necessary steps at the same time or with some overlap. No steps were skipped in the process of developing the COVID-19 vaccines.




Do I need to get vaccinated if I’ve already had COVID-19?


Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, it is unknown how long this protection lasts.




Will I have to get vaccinated for COVID-19 every year, like the flu? How long is the vaccine effective at protecting me?


We don’t know yet – researchers will continue to collect data on study participants to determine if immunity decreases over time and if repeat vaccination is necessary.