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Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions:

In Iowa and Illinois, COVID-19 vaccine is now available to ALL INDIVIDUALS 16 years of age and older.

Vaccine Priority Groups

Priority groups had been set by the federal government and by state health departments in Iowa and Illinois. Click the links below to view the previous prioritization guidance:

Vaccine Basics

  • Both Pfizer and Moderna, require 2 doses, 21-28 days apart.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires 1 dose.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 16 years of age and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • 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

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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.