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COVID Vaccine FAQs
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a challenging year for all of us. The recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a COVID-19 vaccine shines light and hope on the situation.
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.
We know you have a lot of questions about the vaccine. We invite you to review the questions and answers below. We will keep them updated as vaccine information changes.
The CDC strongly recommends you get vaccinated for COVID-19. It will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Being vaccinated also helps protect the people around you.
No. Like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is highly recommended for your health and safety, but it is not mandatory.
If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you will receive your second dose 21 days later. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, your second dose will be 28 days later. Please make sure you are available to receive both doses when you register. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one dose. State distribution channels determine which vaccine HFM and all other vaccination sites receive for their clinics.
It is recommended that you get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose from the same source as your first one to ensure you receive the same vaccine. Different healthcare systems and pharmacies may have different vaccines.
We recommend that you receive whichever vaccine is available to you first. However, if you have a desire for a specific brand of vaccine, you can check various vaccinator site websites to learn which vaccine they are distributing. Please note that the type of vaccine at any given clinic may change from day to day as the state distribution system determines which vaccine is provided to a site.
As with all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine will cause side effects in some people.
As with all vaccines, the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine vary from person to person. A sore arm at the injection site is common. Some people also will experience tiredness and flu-like symptoms.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines developed for use in the United States use a live virus. However, it takes several weeks for full immunity to develop, so it is possible for you to be infected with COVID-19 just prior to receiving the vaccine or during the time in which you have not yet developed immunity.
It is recommended that you have a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have had COVID-19. We do not know how long you have immunity after you have had COVID-19.
The vaccine is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 16 as more studies need to be conducted before it is recommended for children. If you received a monoclonal antibody therapy, you should wait 90 days before getting the vaccine.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women were not included in the vaccine trials. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. While safety data on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy are not currently available, there are also no data to indicate that the vaccines should be contraindicated, and no safety signals were generated from DART studies for the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccination cannot be given within 2 weeks of any other type of vaccine. Injections that are not considered a vaccine may be given. If you are receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please consult your primary care provider about any other injections you are scheduled to receive.
The Catholic church as approved all instance of the use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. While the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not preferred, if that is the vaccine that is available to you, the Catholic Church does allow for it to be given and received.
Vaccine is available at HFM, Manitowoc County Public Health and other providers and pharmacies within the region. Openings are added as vaccine become available so if all slots are full, please check back. To register at HFM, https://www.hfmhealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-vaccine/
The cost of the COVID-19 vaccine is subsidized by the federal government. You will be asked for your insurance card because your insurance will be billed for the vaccine administration fee. If your insurance does not cover the administration fee or if you pay privately, you will not receive a bill from HFM for this fee.
We do not know how much vaccine we will have or when we will receive it. It is our hope to be able to host vaccination clinics open to everyone, including individuals who are not our patients.
Yes. We are still in the midst of a pandemic. The CDC recommends that everyone continue to mask until at least fall.
In addition to the HFM website, we encourage you to visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Not everyone experiences symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Call your healthcare provider or HFM’s Infectious Disease Hotline if you develop these symptoms within 2-14 days of travelling to an area with widespread Coronavirus (COVID-19) or if you have been in close contact with someone who has it or has travelled to an impacted area.
While you are waiting for test results to come back, the CDC has a booklet about what you should be doing. Next Steps: While you wait for your COVID-19 results
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treatment
At this time we are awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine and treatments are limited. New treatments include Bamlanivimab and Regeneron therapies.
How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads
Like influenza, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
Self-Isolation Flyer (PDF File)
Should Manitowoc County residents be worried?
- To see the current statistics for Manitowoc County, click here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Tips
You can prevent Coronavirus is much the same way you prevent colds and influenza:
- Avoid close contact with sick people. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when speaking with someone who is showing symptoms.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes you to sing Happy Birthday twice).
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. Directions for cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, light switches and more can be found on the CDC website.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, the CDC now recommends wearing a cloth facemask to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
As we navigate a world where COVID-19 is part of our new normal, it is natural for you to have questions about how this affects your pregnancy. Click Here for information.
Coping with the Pandemic
View our series of videos, Coping with COVID.
Click to go to the page. From Catholic Health Association. Used with permission.
Learn More About Coronavirus
Printable PDF flyer for employers: FLR_Coronavirus Info_Employers_031620-2
The CDC has the latest information on confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, risk assessments and more.