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Which vaccine is FDA approved?

On August 23, 2021, 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.

On January 31, 2022 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second COVID-19 vaccine: the Moderna vaccine, which will now be marketed as Spikevax for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 18 years of age and older.

 

Both vaccines also continue to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 5 through 15 years of age for the Pfizer Vaccine and for individuals over the age of 18 for the Moderna Vaccine. Both can also be used for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

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Do I have to wear a mask on public transportation?

On April 18 a court ruling voided federal requirement that people wear masks on public transportation. This has led to some airlines, airports, and transit systems to lift their requirement that passengers wear masks.

The CDC is still recommending that people wear masks on public transportation and while flying. For additional information please visit the website Wearing Masks in Travel and Public Transportation Settings.

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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 and brands are subject to availability. For locations and brands offered visit: 

https://www.wcvaccine.org/vaccination-sites

When receiving your second dose, please make sure to bring your vaccination card with.

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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 5 to 17 years old. More information on each vaccine brand can be found here.

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Will I be charged for my COVID-19 vaccination?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone.

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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.

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If I have already had COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated? When can I receive the vaccine after having COVID-19?

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 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 here.

If you have been infected with COVID-19 and want to receive your first dose, need to get your second dose or booster you can get these as long as you are recovered from COVID-19 and out of your isolation.

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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.

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Am I eligible for the vaccine?

In Wisconsin, all individuals 5 and older are currently eligible.

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine available for anyone age 5 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for use in adults age 18 and older.

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Is a third dose the same thing as a booster dose and who is eligible?

Third doses are NOT the same as a booster dose.

Boosters are offered to those 5 and above who got the full course of a vaccine and developed a good response initially, but it waned over time.

Third doses are only offered to those who are severely immunocompromised and have a reduced ability to fight disease.

More Information: 

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-dose.htm

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Who can get the second booster dose?

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has approved the new CDC guidelines on second booster doses for certain individuals. The Winnebago County Health Department will provide these additional doses for eligible individuals. You can receive a second booster dose of:

  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if you are aged 50 years and older and it has been at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine if you are 12 years of age and older and are immunocompromised and it has been at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if you are 18 years of age and older and are immunocompromised and it has been at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

  • An mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if you are aged 18-49 years old and are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as both a primary series dose and booster dose and it has been at least 4 months after receiving the first Johnson & Johnson booster dose.

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I got my first dose but cannot get my second dose on time. What do I do?

If you miss your second vaccine appointment, it is still crucial to get a second dose to get the best protection from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

It is important to get your second dose on time, however a few days after is ok. Specific guidance can be found here

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How do I prepare for my appointment?

There is no preparation necessary prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine; however, it is a good idea to review the Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients for your allotted vaccine. 

You can also find additional information about preparing for your vaccine here.

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When are you fully vaccinated against COVID? What is the difference between fully vaccinated and up to date?

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. 

You are considered up to date when you have received not only the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines, but also any boosters or additional series for those that are immunocompromised.