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Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine

 

Frequent Questions

How do I get my third dose

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

As with any phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, JCDHE will follow the guidance and instructions from the CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. We will continue to announce information about COVID-19 vaccinations through the media, social media, our website and our COVID-19 e-newsletter.

JCDHE will not request proof of individuals’ health conditions. Those who are not immunocompromised should not seek an additional dose at this time. Those who receive a third 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 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. Visit us during walk-in hours. 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.

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. When you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend getting the vaccine from any provider that makes it available to you. You may want to ask the provider if there is a residency requirement.

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. 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 doses only)

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/.

General, How do I get a vaccine, How do I get my booster dose

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

If you received your vaccine from another provider, please contact them for a copy of your records.

Quarantine, What do I need to know about vaccines

Vaccinated persons who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Have not had any symptoms since the current COVID-19 exposure. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

If any of the above criteria are not met, persons should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

*However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
 

Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series [Pfizer or Moderna] or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine [Johnson &Johnson]) can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends schools continue to follow their school guidance, which includes masking and physical distancing.

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 without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. These recommendations are not intended for healthcare settings, congregate living settings, or for those with conditions or taking medications that weaken their immune system.

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Questions or concerns?

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. You can also call this number if you need a safe place to quarantine or isolate.

Staffed by public health professionals.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.