About COVID-19 Vaccines

What do I need to know about vaccines?

Where can I find safety and efficacy information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided this information on their website, cdc.gov.

Why is it important to vaccinate the population as quickly as possible?

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.

How can we track herd immunity and vaccine received and administered in Johnson County?

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.

Are you throwing away leftover vaccine when clinics are over?

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.

If I'm vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet of distance from others?

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.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine during the same visit?

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.