COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers

Scheduling Questions

If you are receiving either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, you’ll need a total of two doses to complete your vaccination. A follow-up appointment will be made for you at the time of your first dose. Premier Health is currently administering Pfizer vaccine and is scheduling second doses as close as possible to 21 days after your first dose. Should you receive a Moderna vaccine, your second dose would be scheduled as close as possible to 28 days after your first dose.

If you had to cancel or miss your second-dose appointment, or if you received your first dose somewhere else, you can still schedule a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine through Premier Health. Learn more.

People receiving the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will only need one dose to complete their vaccination.

There are three ways to schedule an appointment:

  1. If you have an existing Premier Health MyChart account and are 40 years of age or older, you likely received an appointment scheduling request when you became eligible for the vaccine. You can use this request to schedule your vaccine appointment through MyChart.
  2. If you do not have a Premier Health MyChart account or do not have an active appointment scheduling request in your MyChart account, you can still schedule online (when appointments are available).
  3. We also offer a scheduling phone line from 8:30 to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week. Simply call (937) 276-4141(937) 276-4141

An appointment is requested but not required for COVID-19 vaccinations. Walk-ins are welcome and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with appointments.

Not everyone with a Premier Health MyChart account will receive an appointment scheduling request. Not receiving a scheduling request does not mean you cannot schedule an appointment. You can still schedule online (when appointments are available).

You can only see appointments when we have spots available. While demand is high for vaccine, appointment spots tend to fill quickly. Please check back regularly, as vaccine clinics are added at least weekly.

Several COVID-19 vaccines must be thawed and used within certain limited periods of time. Therefore, please let us know if you are unable to attend your vaccine appointment for any reason. This will help us avoid wasting a vaccine dose that could have gone to someone else. 

If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please let us know. Appointments can be cancelled using a Premier Health MyChart account, by calling our scheduling line at (937) 276-4141(937) 276-4141 (open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week), or by completing our cancellation form.

You can reschedule your cancelled appointment either by calling our call center at (937) 276-4141(937) 276-4141 or by using our online scheduling. Rescheduling using MyChart is not available at this time. 

You may also choose to walk in to a vaccine clinic without an appointment. An appointment is requested but not required. Walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with appointments.

General Questions

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, we encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have previously had COVID-19. The CDC says that experts do not yet know how long you’re protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.

If you have already had COVID-19 and recovered, you can get vaccinated as soon as you’re out of quarantine. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have received convalescent plasma therapy, please refrain from getting the COVID-19 vaccine for 90 days afterward.

You should delay getting the vaccine if you have received monoclonal therapy within the previous 90 days.

You do not get COVID from the vaccine, so you are not considered contagious with regards to receiving the vaccine.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, being vaccinated for COVID-19 and following CDC's recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. If you receive the vaccine, you significantly reduce your body’s ability to host the virus, thus slowing the spread.

Many COVID-19 vaccines are administered as a two-dose series. After receiving the initial dose, a second vaccine administration is required 21 or 28 days to 42 days later with the exact timing for the second dose depending on the vaccine manufacturer. At this time, we do not know if additional boosters or an annual vaccine will be necessary.

You must be at least 18 years old to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. You must be at least 12 years old to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. If you are 12 to 17 years old, you only qualify for the Pfizer vaccine and you must have a parent or legal guardian with you at the time of vaccination.

Yes, you should receive both doses of the vaccine, even if you previously tested positive for COVID-19.

No, you should receive the second dose from the same source to ensure consistency in administration of the correct vaccine.

 

The CDC does not recommend antibody testing for assessing immunity after getting the vaccine. In clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were shown to protect people against the virus 95 percent of the time and 94 percent of the time, respectively. In addition, Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine has been shown to be 66% percent effective at preventing moderate to severe disease from COVID-19 and 85% effective at preventing severe disease.  But that does not mean everyone who gets the vaccine would test positive for antibodies.  Many antibody tests do not measure antibodies from the vaccine. The Antibody tests that are provided by most labs serve to detect if you have had the actual virus not the vaccination.

If you choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine, you will not have to pay. Vaccine doses purchased with taxpayer dollars will be given to Ohioans who choose to receive them at no out-of-pocket cost and insurance is not required.

If you received your COVID-19 vaccination from Premier Health, getting your proof of vaccination is simple. The fastest way to get this information is by using your Premier Health MyChart account. Using your MyChart account means you do not need to fill out any paperwork before gaining access to your vaccine record.

Follow these simple steps to view your COVID-19 vaccination record in MyChart.

  1. Log into your MyChart account.
  2. Click the circular menu icon.
  3. In the menu under My Record, click COVID-19.
  4. Click the down arrow next to the green "COVID-19 vaccination complete" text. This will show you a record of any COVID-19 vaccination(s) you received from a Premier Health vaccination clinic.

If you would like to print your COVID-19 vaccination record, please use the website version of MyChart. Follow the instructions above. Once you see your vaccine information, click the printer icon at the top right of your screen. Printing may not be possible from a mobile device.

The fastest way to view your COVID-19 vaccination record is through a Premier Health MyChart account. Register for a new account.

If you want a copy of your vaccine record without using MyChart, you will first need to complete an Authorization for Release of Medical Information form. Visit our medical records sectionfor more information. On the form, please specify COVID-19 vaccine record as the purpose of your request. It may take up to 30 days after your signed form is received for you to receive your vaccination record. 

Vaccine Safety Questions

Safety is a top priority for vaccine development. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. There are rigorous phases and scientific principles in developing a new vaccine.

It is unlikely that you will have a serious reaction to the vaccine. However, as is customary with vaccines, we will ask that you remain in the vaccine clinic for about 15 minutes after receiving the shot so that the nursing staff can monitor for an immediate severe reaction. As is customary, we will also have EpiPens on hand to address unusual reactions such as an anaphylactic reaction. 

If you have a severe reaction after leaving the vaccine clinic, contact your primary care provider. If the reaction is severe enough, you should report to the nearest emergency department, and/or call 911. If you were to have a reaction, it would be more likely to be of a reactogenic nature – in other words, normal side effects to vaccination that imply a working immune system. This could include local soreness; low-grade fever; malaise; or headache. This reaction would appear within 48 hours of vaccination and would be expected to end in one to two days. 

If you have had allergic reactions to other vaccines, you might not want to get the vaccine.

Side effects are minimal. The most common side effects include fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain; these should not prevent you from getting a vaccine that can prevent you from catching or spreading this deadly virus. You should expect to see such a reaction within 48 hours of vaccination, and it would be expected to end in one to two days.

No. The vaccines currently available in the United States trick the cells into making the spike protein from the coronavirus — the one that causes the virus to adhere to receptors in the body’s cells and make you sick. As a result, the body begins producing antibodies to the spike proteins to protect you. These vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Like other viral infections COVID-19 is more likely to cause severe disease or death in pregnant women. For this reason, the vaccine should not be withheld from pregnant women, and they should be encouraged to receive it. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (mRNA vaccines) should not be withheld from pregnant or lactating women, or women trying to get pregnant. If a woman has any questions about the safety of a COVID vaccine, then they should discuss with their Ob/Gyn. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has provided clinical guidance on this topic.

We encourage you to get both doses of the vaccine to get its full benefit. Side effects, whether after the first or second dose, are the body’s natural response to a vaccine booster shot. It is, in fact, confirmation that the vaccine is working by boosting your body’s immune response to COVID-19. Side effects such as fever, chills, fatigue, and headache generally resolve themselves within 24 hours, and most people experience no significant side effects. It is important to keep in mind that any side effects from the vaccine pale in comparison to the potential impact on your health if you contract the virus.

Consider talking with your provider about taking Acetaminophen or other over-the-counter medication to relieve pain or reduce a fever.

Logistics Questions

You should plan for your appointment to last about 30 minutes.

At the time of scheduling, you may have some choice in the type of vaccine that you receive depending on the vaccine clinic you plan to attend. Vaccine manufacturers for each clinic are listed on our website.

Please arrive promptly but not more than five minutes prior to your appointment; this will help us to maintain social distancing in the clinic areas.

We understand that you may be a bit nervous about getting vaccinated. This is natural. Sometimes nervousness causes people to skip meals. Unless you are directed differently by your health care provider, we encourage you to keep well hydrated with water both before and after your vaccine appointment and also make sure you don’t skip a meal before your appointment. Being well nourished and hydrated can help you avoid unnecessary side effects of the vaccination process, including dizziness and fainting.

For more information on what to bring to your appointment, when to arrive, and more, visit our Preparing For Your Vaccination page.