Together Quad Cities

A Coalition Response to COVID-19

Vaccination

Influenza Vaccination

We are currently in influenza (flu) season (typically October – March each year). It is possible for an individual to contract COVID-19 and influenza at the same time.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza

Flu vaccination has important benefits:

  • It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work/school due to flu
  • It can prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths

The CDC’s Vaccine Finder website will help you find a location for a flu shot near you: https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination

When will vaccine be available?

  • In the United States, two vaccine candidates have applied for Emergency Use Authorization.
  • Vaccine will slowly begin to become available in our community in December 2020.

Who will be receiving the vaccine first?

  • The vaccine doses that come first will go to healthcare workers and others at highest risk of getting exposed.
  • As more vaccine is available, additional priority groups will receive the vaccine.
  • We expect production of vaccine to increase in 2021, when there will eventually be enough supply of the vaccine for everyone who would like to receive it.
  • Americans will not have to pay for vaccine purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars; an administrative fee may be allowed to be billed but no one will be turned away because of cost.

Vaccine Basics

  • The first COVID-19 vaccines will require 2 doses, 21-28 days apart.
  • Current vaccine candidates will be for adults.
  • Vaccine safety is a priority – new vaccines undergo serious reviews in a lab and through trials.  Early results from trials show the vaccine has worked as it is supposed to with no serious side effects.
  • It is unknown how long immunity from the vaccine will last.  Individuals may/may not need a booster dose or a dose each year.
  • The vaccine does not cause someone to get sick with COVID-19.  Vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as a sore arm or fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs the body is building immunity.
  • It typically takes the body a few weeks to build immunity after a vaccination.
  • The vaccine will not cause an individual to test positive on viral test which look for current infection.  If the vaccine causes the intended immune response, there is a chance an individual could test positive on an antibody test that can show previous infection.
  • Individuals that receive the COVID-19 vaccine will still need to wear a mask.  Experts need to learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before changing recommendations.

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources:

It’s ok to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.  Make sure you rely on credible information to get your answers . Credible sources include:

  • Information that is researched, written, approved, and peer-reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Information from a healthcare professional such as your doctor

CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Iowa Department of Public Health: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine

Illinois Department of Public Health: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan