Q: I received the first dose, When do I need to get the second dose?
You will need to receive the second dose 24-42 days after you receive the first dose.
Q: I had side effects after vaccination, Is that normal?
Potential side effects after vaccination may include: pain at injection site, fatigue, body aches, and a low-grade fever. Side effects may occur after receiving the vaccine and will go away after a few days. This is normal, and is a way the body responds in order to build protection against the virus.
Q: Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
A: Safety is a top priority for all manufacturers of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Strenuous testing and clinical trials have been completed and continue to be reviewed to ensure that the COVID-19 is safe and efficient to use in the battle against the pandemic.
Also available are two articles regarding the safety and efficacy data from the Emergency Use Authorization studies that were used to get approval for the COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: How much does the vaccine cost?
A: Please know that any vaccine administered by the health department is free but other pharmacies, medical providers may charge an administration fee to insurance companies.
Q: If I’ve already had COVID-19, can I still get the vaccine?
A: Yes, as long as you have recovered and have no further symptoms of COVID-19.
Q: If I’ve already had COVID-19, do I need to wait 90 days before I can the vaccine?
A: No, as long as you have recovered and have no further symptoms of COVID-19 you are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Q: I have severe underlying health conditions and need to know how to get a vaccine?
A: The process for scheduling vaccines for those who have underlying health conditions will be the same as other phases but those persons will fall into a phase other than 1A or 1B. Information will be rolled out when we are approaching into further phases and what category that phase contains. You may want to discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider ahead of time so you can make an informed decision about getting the vaccine.
Q: I am over the age of 65, how do I get a vaccine?
A: A website is available for scheduling a vaccine and this is the preferred method of scheduling to keep the phone line at the call center open. For those who do not have internet access or are not comfortable with this scheduling method will be able to access a COVID call center. The call center is established for scheduling vaccine appointments and answering basic, general questions.
Q: How will I know when I am eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The McDonough County Health Department continually puts out information to the public via our website, Facebook page, Public Service Announcements in the Voice newspaper, and the local radio stations. The announcements let the public know what phase we are currently vaccinating and accepting appointments for. At this time, we are currently finishing up those in Phase 1A and moving into Phase 1B. There may be specific groups in the different phases that are being targeted at different times.
Q: Do I get a choice of which vaccine I receive?
A: At this time individuals are not able to choose which vaccine they receive. Shipments of the vaccine that are received at the Health Department vary from manufacturer, so individuals will receive the vaccine on hand at that particular time.
Q: Do I need a written order from my primary care physician in order to obtain the vaccine?
A: At this time, the Health Department is not taking orders from primary care physicians for COVID-19 vaccinations. As we announce plans and progress through the various stages of the State COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, this could change.
Q: Do I need insurance or have to show proof of insurance before getting the vaccine?
A: At this time, proof of insurance is not needed in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Q: After I receive the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?
A: Yes, all precautionary measures should continue to be taken even after you receive your COVID-19 vaccine. These include, wearing your masks, social distancing, and washing/disinfecting your hands regularly.
Q: Why do I see other states distributing the vaccine differently then what Illinois is doing?
A: Every state has the authority and ability to construct their vaccine distribution processes differently. In the state of Illinois, we are following the guidance and direction based of the State of IL COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Although we have made some slight adjustments to the plan based on staffing, quantity of vaccine received, etc. we will follow the vaccination plan to the best of our abilities.
Q: Why do I see individuals from my local community getting the vaccine when I they don’t seem to fit within any of the eligible categories?
A: Many of these individuals who have received the vaccine are critical to the operation and functions of the McDonough County response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals serve as key stakeholders and players as we continue to plan and execute the county response plan.