Which vaccine is FDA approved?
On August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
How do I schedule my second dose appointment?
If you've already received your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), you can receive your second dose wherever vaccine is offered. Please note that not all brands are offered at all locations. For locations and brand offered visit:
What vaccines are currently authorized and recommended for COVID-19?
There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States: the Pfizer vaccine. the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. At this moment, Pfizer is the only recommended vaccine for patients 12 to 17 years old. More information on each vaccine brand can be found here.
Will I be charged for my COVID-19 vaccination?
No. COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone.
What should I expect after getting the vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects (immune responses) , which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Your ability to do daily activities may be affected, but they should go away in a few days.
To learn more, visit: What to expect following a COVID-19 vaccine.
If I have already had COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
What are current travel recommendations?
If you must travel, you should prepare for:
Changing travel restrictions.
Staying in-place if you get sick, which could mean isolating or quarantining at your travel destination, thereby postponing your return.
Planning for the impact of being away from your home for an extended period of time if you are required to isolate or quarantine in-place.
Following CDC post-travel recommendations that include testing and self-quarantine after your return
Lost your vaccination card? You have options
If you received your vaccination in Wisconsin, access your vaccination record using the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). To have your records sent to you, fill out the Wisconsin Immunization Registry Record Release Authorization, F-02487.
If you received your vaccination in another state, go to that state department of health’s website to search their vaccine registry.
If you are unable to retrieve your proof of vaccination through WIR, call the provider where you were vaccinated to see if they can give you a new card.
Is a third dose the same thing as a booster dose and who is eligible?
In the United States, only people with weakened immune systems are currently eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Boosters are offered to people who got the full course of a vaccine and developed a good response initially, but it waned over time. Third doses are given to people whose immune systems weren’t able to fully respond to the initial vaccines. That’s why the FDA and CDC first recommended an additional dose for immunocompromised individuals.
Am I eligible for the vaccine?
In Wisconsin, all individuals 12 and older are currently eligible.
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine available for anyone age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for use in adults age 18 and older.
I got my first dose, but can not get my second dose on time. What do I do?
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Review the Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients for your allotted vaccine.
What if I don't have transportation?
When are you fully vaccinated against COVID?
People are considered fully vaccinated:
2 weeks after their second dose in a 2- dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine.
If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all preventative measures until you are fully vaccinated.
What can I do now that I am fully vaccinated?
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
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