COVID-19 VACCINE INFO

COVID-19 Vaccine information is ever changing. To receive the most current information, visit your local and state health departments' websites. This page was modified on January 11, 2021.

Indiana has entered Phase 1B in its vaccination distribution, those 80 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

VACCINE 101

FOR HOOSIERS

When can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?


Because of the initial limited supply, the state has set up a phased-in approach to determine who is eligible for vaccine first based on the most effective way to reduce the impact of COVID-19. The first round of vaccine will go to long-term care center staff and healthcare personnel who may be exposed to COVID-19 patients or infectious material in their line of work, as well as long-term care residents. The second phase, Phase 1B was announced this week and opens eligibility to individuals 80 years of age and older. As additional phases are announced, we will update. The vaccine will not initially be available for children under age 18 or pregnant women.




Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?


Only people who received a link directly from their employers, a state licensing or certification agency/entity, or the Indiana State Department of Health can register for vaccination at this time. If you are 80 years of age or older, please visit ourshot.in.gov to register for your vaccine. Over time, prioritized groups will be announced through the media, not through email.




How much will I be charged for the COVID-19 vaccine?


The vaccine will be free. Vaccine providers will be able to bill a patient’s insurance for a fee to administer the vaccine, but there will be no charge the patient.




Is there a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and where do I get it?


The vaccine requires two doses to achieve the highest level of immunity. The registration system used to sign up for your first dose will prompt you to schedule the second dose as soon as the first is received. You must wait at least 21 days before getting the second vaccination from Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna.




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


People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long. We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works. Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 experts are trying to learn more about, and we will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.




How do we know the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?


Vaccines have been around for a long time, and the science used to create the COVID-19 vaccine has been studied for years. While the COVID-19 vaccine is new, the science used to create it is not. The COVID-19 vaccine has been thoroughly tested in laboratory and clinical settings to make sure that it is safe and effective. The FDA is approving the vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), meaning the vaccine must be proven safe and effective in the same way that all medications and devices must be. However, the EUA means the FDA has made evaluating the vaccine and evidence of its safety and effectiveness a priority ahead of other devices and medications because of the grave threat to public health presented by COVID-19.




When will COVID-19 vaccines be available to the general public?


The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, the federal and state government will expand the groups recommended for vaccination. Supplies will increase over time, and all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. However, a COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for young children until more studies are completed. Any expansions and changes to allocation will be announced to the public as soon as they are decided.




What conditions make me ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?


Because of limited data available on the safety of the vaccine in children, the Moderna vaccine (the vaccine local health departments will likely receive to administer) will not be available to anyone under the age of 18 until more studies are completed. And while early clinical trials of the vaccine show no adverse effects for pregnant women, anyone pregnant or nursing should have a conversation with their healthcare providers to see if it’s right for them. People with a history of anaphylaxis or allergies to the vaccine ingredients will want to speak with their healthcare provider prior to being vaccinated to receive guidance.




What do I need to bring with me when I get the COVID-19 vaccine?


You will need to bring proof of identity, such as your driver’s license, passport, etc. We will need a photo ID that shows your legal name, address, proof of age, etc. For minors, you may need to bring their birth certificate.




How do I make an appointment if I don't have a computer or smart phone?


Pre-registration will be required and no walk-ins for vaccine will currently be accepted. But anyone without access to the internet or needing assistance with registration is asked to call 211 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. For eligible individuals in northeast Indiana, Aging & In-Home Services can assist in getting you registered. Call the ADRC at 260-745-1200.




Will I test positive for COVID-19 after I get the vaccine?


No. Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results




Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?


No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a good sign indicating the body is building immunity. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination, which means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection. This is another reason why it is so important to get the second dose at the recommended time so that you body can develop the highest amount of immunity against the virus.




After getting the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?


Yes. 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 us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following public health recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.




After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, is it possible to still get and spread COVID-19?


Experts are still working to understand more about the protection the COVID-19 vaccine provides before making this determination, but it is possible some people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine could still develop illness. This also happens in people who receive a flu vaccine. Many times, people who do develop illness after receiving a vaccine have a milder illness. In addition, because the vaccine will not be available to everyone at the same time, the risk of spreading the illness will remain. That’s why it is important to continue to wear your mask over your nose and mouth, practice social distancing, and continue with good hand hygiene until directed otherwise by public health officials to keep everyone healthy and safe.





COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

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