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Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine

 

Frequent Questions

How do I get my third dose if I’m immunocompromised

Third-dose vaccines are also available at physicians’ offices and pharmacies.

An appointment is required to get a COVID-19 vaccine at JCDHE’s clinic, which is in Mission. Click here to schedule an appointment or call 913-715-2819, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

JCDHE will not request proof of individuals’ health conditions. Those who receive a third or Pfizer booster dose will be asked to complete an attestation form acknowledging they qualify under CDC criteria. For those unable to complete the form online, paper copies will be available at JCDHE’s walk-in vaccination clinics.

We recommend residents speak with their doctors about whether this third dose is right for you. You can also see if you qualify under CDC criteria.

Your third dose should be the same brand of vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna) as you received for your first and second dose.

As of Aug. 13, 2021, the federal Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations for Pfizer and Moderna to include a third-dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, including those receiving cancer treatment. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Aug. 13, 2021 also announced Kansas providers could now administer this additional dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have not been authorized.

Beginning Aug. 17, 2021, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment began administering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at its vaccination clinics to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

How do I get a vaccine

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available to children age 12 and older in Kansas. A parent/guardian must sign the vaccine consent form for any child under the age of 18: dispenseassist.net/Covid.html. Children age 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by an adult. A parent/guardian is preferable; however, the parent/guardian may designate a non-parent adult on the consent form to be present at the time of vaccination if the parent/guardian is unavailable.

If you received your COVID-19 vaccination from JCDHE, you can complete this form (English) or this form (español) and return it to JCDHE via email, fax or regular mail. For medical record questions, email [email protected].

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine from another provider (i.e., doctor's office, pharmacy, out of state provider), please contact them directly for a copy of your records. JCDHE only has vaccination records for people who received their COVID-19 vaccine(s) at a JCDHE clinic.

There is no cost for the vaccine through JCDHE.

Any health care provider that wants a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to their patients or staff needs to email a request to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at [email protected]. KDHE will send the health care provider an enrollment form and instructions on how to order, store and administer the vaccine.

No. There are plenty of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, you can get vaccinated at any location that is convenient for you (clinic, pharmacy, employer).

You will need to contact your doctor directly to find out if they are a COVID-19 vaccinator. Not every doctor’s office has the storage capability required for the COVID-19 vaccine.

They can call the Department of Health and Environment at 913-715-2819 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This line is also available for those who speak Spanish. Our staff can assist Johnson County residents and employees in making a vaccine appointment through the health department.

Bring the following to your vaccination site:

  • JCDHE's vaccine consent form (if you do not have access to print this form, you will be able to fill one out at the vaccination site.)
  • Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (second/third/booster doses only)
  • Proof of your appointment (print or electronic)

Due to the large amount of staffing required for clinics, weather conditions and the volume of individuals coming through clinics, it would be difficult for Johnson County to conduct. Mobile vaccine clinics may be available to limited groups.

VaccineFinder helps you find the most up-to-date list of clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States: vaccinefinder.org/search/.

According to the CDC, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time.

If you haven’t gotten your currently recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can, and ideally get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

If you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time, you should speak with your health care provider.  

What do I need to know about vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided this information on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

COVID-19 is one of the leading causes of death in Johnson County, behind heart disease and cancer. Masking, physical distancing, washing hands and staying home when you’re sick are all ways to reduce the risk of spread. However, the vaccine is the most effective method for the county to reach herd immunity – a point when we no longer need to worry about spread of the disease in our community.

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers a comprehensive vaccine dashboard, similar to the state’s, that displays this information on an ongoing basis at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine.

As access to COVID-19 vaccine increases, it is important for providers to not miss any opportunity to vaccinate every eligible person who presents at vaccine clinics.

We recognize that as we continue to create more opportunities to vaccinate more people, it may increase the likelihood of leaving unused doses in a vial.

While we want to continue to follow best practices to use every dose possible, we do not want that to be at the expense of missing an opportunity to vaccinate every eligible person when they are ready to get vaccinated.

You are not fully protected by the vaccine until 2 weeks following your second dose in a 2 dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or 2 weeks following a single dose series (Johnson & Johnson). The CDC says fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did prior to the pandemic, but recommends wearing a mask indoors in public if in an area of substantial or high transmission or where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, or regulations, including those at local businesses, schools and workplaces. These recommendations are not intended for healthcare settings, congregate living settings, or for those with conditions or taking medications that weaken their immune system.

How do I get my booster dose

The CDC recommends the following people get a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People age 65 years and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster
  • People age 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster
  • People age 18-49 with underlying medical conditions, may receive a booster, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional setting, may receive a booster, based on their individual benefits and risks

These individuals are eligible for a booster dose 6 months after they complete the initial 2-dose Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Booster doses are not available to those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine or for children age 12-17 years old.

No. There are plenty of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, so you can get your booster dose at any location that is convenient for you (clinic, pharmacy, employer). Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a booster dose and which vaccine to give you. Your booster dose will be documented on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.

No. There are plenty of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, so you can get your booster dose at any location that is convenient for you (clinic, pharmacy, employer). Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a booster dose and which vaccine to give you. Your booster dose will be documented on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.

Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a third/booster dose and which vaccine to give you. Your booster dose will be documented on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card. You may also want to bring photo identification with you in case the provider asks for it. 

If you are getting vaccinated at a JCDHE clinic, you also need to bring proof of your appointment (print or electronic version) and a completed and signed vaccine consent form. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can complete the vaccine consent form at the clinic. A parent/guardian must sign the vaccine consent form for any child under the age of 18. 

Children age 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by an adult. A parent/guardian is preferable; however, the parent/guardian may designate a non-parent adult on the consent form to be present at the time of vaccination if the parent/guardian is unavailable.
 

The FDA has not approved booster doses for recipients of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. This guidance will likely change in the coming weeks as new data becomes available. 

If you received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are still protected from severe disease, hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19 infection. However, we recommend taking precautions like wearing a mask in indoor public places, avoiding crowds and frequent handwashing to reduce the chances of becoming infected with COVID-19.

 

We recommend you reach out to your preferred vaccine provider and ask if an appointment is necessary for a booster dose. You can search for a nearby vaccine provider by visiting vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233

JCDHE anticipates there will be high demand for booster doses, so they are resuming an appointment system for first, second, third/booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mission COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Schedule a vaccination appointment or call 913-715-2819, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JCDHE now offers booster doses by appointment only at the Mission clinic. Information about how to get a booster dose is available here or call 913-715-2819, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals needing a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who are eligible for a third dose, can visit this page for the latest information on JCDHE’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic hours and locations.

Long-term care facilities will give COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to their residents. Only those residents who have completed the initial 2-dose Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series are eligible for a booster dose.

Most facilities partner with a local pharmacy to give vaccinations on-site to residents and staff. Facilities that don’t have a pharmacy partner can contact JCDHE for assistance. Please contact the facility to inquire about their booster dose vaccination plan. 

There are plenty of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, so you can get your booster dose at any location that is convenient for you. You do not have to get your booster dose from the same place you received your first or second dose. Contact your employer or healthcare provider to find out if they are offering booster doses. Search for a nearby vaccine provider by visiting vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233. Schedule an appointment for a booster dose at JCDHE’s Mission vaccination clinic or call 913-715-2819, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a booster dose and which vaccine to give you. Your booster dose will be documented on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.

Those who are eligible for a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can receive one starting 6 months after the completion of the initial 2-dose Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. For example, if you received your second dose of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine on March 15, 2021, you will be eligible for a booster dose any time on or after Sept. 15, 2021. 

Moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who meet criteria are eligible for a third dose 28 days after the completion of the initial 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.

Yes. Current CDC guidance says that you should receive the same brand of mRNA vaccine for your booster dose as your first two doses. Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card will indicate which brand of vaccine you received for your first two doses. Please bring this card with you to your booster dose appointment.

Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting another dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people and COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommends moderately to severely immunocompromised people consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity). 

If you already completed the Pfizer 2-dose mRNA vaccine series, you are adequately protected from COVID-19 whether you get a booster dose or not.

The CDC recommends a booster dose to enhance the superior protection that two doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine already provide against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 infection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease. 

More information about CDC’s booster dose recommendation.

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If you have questions about Johnson County’s public health recommendations, email [email protected].

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline.

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