COVID-19 Vaccine | How It Works - Genesis Health System

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

Vaccines are medicine used to boost your body’s immune system to prevent disease. COVID-19 vaccines are designed to trigger an antibody that helps your body prevent illness caused by COVID-19. 

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MyGenesis Patient Portal

You can still also use the MyGenesis patient portal to self-schedule. Using the portal will be a shorter registration time when you visit the clinic for your vaccination. To access the portal you must have been to a Genesis provider, convenient care, emergency room or clinic at some point in your lifetime.

  • To ensure your MyGenesis patient portal account is active, please visit here to login or sign up today.
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for the portal, please visit here.
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment in the portal, please visit here.

16+ Eligible for Vaccinations

At this time, in both Iowa and Illinois, those 16 and up are able to get their COVID vaccinations set by the State Health Departments. IOWA | ILLINOIS.

12-15 Years of age Eligible for Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine

Genesis COVID vaccination Clinics

  • SCOTT COUNTY: 5250 Elmore Avenue, Davenport IA (FORMER Dick’s Sporting Goods Store)
  • ROCK ISLAND COUNTY: Moline Healthplex at 3900 28th Ave. Drive, Moline, IL.
  • MERCER COUNTY: Genesis Health Group, Aledo 1007 NW 3rd Street, Aledo, IL.
  • CLINTON COUNTY: Genesis Health Group, DeWitt 1008 11th Street, DeWitt, IA.
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Do the vaccines use the live virus that causes COVID-19?

The vaccine does not contain live or dead virus. It contains genetic material called mRNA. It is synthetic mRNA made in the laboratory. It contains instructions for a protein known as S protein.

This mRNA is enclosed in a lipid envelope in the vaccine. Once the vaccine is given, it is taken up by cells. Inside the cytoplasm, mRNA is released from its envelope. Then mRNA makes S protein. This S protein then incites immune response from body. The vaccine recipient makes antibody against this S protein which helps to provide immunity against COVID-19

Will the vaccines change my DNA?

DNA resides in the nucleus of cell. mRNA never enters the nucleus of cell. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it does its job.

Do the vaccines coming out first use fetal cells in production?

Fetal cells are not used in the production of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or the Moderna vaccine.

What if I already have had COVID-19? Do I still need to get the vaccine?

According to preliminary data, the vaccine produces a more robust response as compared to natural infection. Therefore, the vaccine can increase your protection from the virus. Current recommendation is to give the vaccine even after COVID-19 infection, unless there is shortage of vaccine. If there is shortage, people recovering from COVID-19 infection can defer the vaccine up to 90 days.

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